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Getting consistent results Matting Silicone

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jan 22. 7 Replies

I am having trouble getting consistent results while applying matting powder to my recently painted platinum Silicone casts.   Sometimes they look evenly matted and nice, other times they have white…Continue

Preparing silicone for painting

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Aug 5, 2017. 3 Replies

Hey all,Does anyone have any tips or methods on how to best clean the lint and dust off a silicone puppet to prepare it for painting? Silicone seems to absorb any hair or lint in the vicinity. Paper…Continue

My Silicone Cast "Sweats" Oil, what's going on?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jun 13, 2017. 13 Replies

Hey everybody,  I have been practicing casting Platsil gel-10 and Ecoflex-30 and have run into an issue with the casts seeping oil. At first the cast appears great and seems to have cured fine, but…Continue

Matting Glossy Silicone Paint-job with Powdered Sugar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh May 16, 2017. 8 Replies

Hey guys,   I am learning to paint my silicone puppet. I am doing thin washes using Silc-Pig pigments mixed with Platsil-gel 10, and dilluted down by half with VM&P Naptha.   My question is in…Continue

 

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Simon Tytherleigh replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"Good stuff! Looking forward to seeing the final results! As a matter of interest, naptha seems to evaporate very fast, and 40 seconds seems about right. You could basically leave the silicone until it starts to set off, but that might be risking not…"
Jan 22
bigbossross replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"Ok, I just finished matting another piece. This time i brushed on a nearly invisible layer of silicone and fanned it with a sheet of paper for maybe 40 seconds before applying the powder. The results looked great and had no streaks at all! Thank…"
Jan 22
bigbossross replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"Thank you both for your replies! I am about to try matting again, this time using less silicone and allowing time for the naphtha to evaporate. Any advice on how long to wait? Is there a way to tell if all the naphtha is gone? Would hitting it with…"
Jan 22
Simon Tytherleigh replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"Definitely agree with Greyguy's comment. The only reason for the thin coat is to get the powder to stick and create a rough surface (by which I mean micro indentations that reflect light inconsistently and therefore dissipate…"
Jan 22
Greyguy replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"I think perhaps you are still using to much silicone.I have not used this technique but all you need it to barely get a the silicone(think of it as if you sprayed a thin coat on the surface to tack the powder to) See how he hardly puts the silicone…"
Jan 21
Simon Tytherleigh replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
"Hmm. Initial thoughts are that the powder is getting mixed in with the silicone and therefore not washing off. I think you need to let the naptha evaporate before adding the powder. In other words you are rushing it a bit. Apply the thin clear coat.…"
Jan 18
Greyguy replied to bigbossross's discussion Getting consistent results Matting Silicone
Jan 17
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Getting consistent results Matting Silicone

I am having trouble getting consistent results while applying matting powder to my recently painted platinum Silicone casts.   Sometimes they look evenly matted and nice, other times they have white streaky areas.    I've been painting a very thin layer (as thin as possible) of clear platsil gel-10 diluted down by half with naphtha.  Immediately after coating the cast, I take a fan brush and brush on the Fuse FX Matting powder. After 5 minutes or so I force-cure it with a heat gun and then…See More
Jan 17
StopmoNick replied to bigbossross's discussion Preparing silicone for painting
"I just saw something on FB with a list of cleaning tips, it said use a coffee filter for cleaning because it is lint-free.   But there must be other lint-free cleaning cloths, surely?"
Aug 5, 2017
bigbossross replied to bigbossross's discussion Preparing silicone for painting
"Thanks Nick! You are very helpful and always quick to provide an answer"
Aug 5, 2017
StopmoNick replied to bigbossross's discussion Preparing silicone for painting
"I wash with warm soapy water and a brush to remove any trace of release agent, then rinse.  Yes, I've noticed how much the silicone picks up lint! I haven't really worked out a way of drying it without leaving some lint from the towel…"
Aug 3, 2017
bigbossross posted a discussion

Preparing silicone for painting

Hey all,Does anyone have any tips or methods on how to best clean the lint and dust off a silicone puppet to prepare it for painting? Silicone seems to absorb any hair or lint in the vicinity. Paper towels and 99% alcohol/naphtha leave lint all over thr puppet. Do people typically scrub their puppets with soapy water and a toothbrush? Im considering wiping or brushing it down with solvent, then running distilled water over it and letting it air dry in a dust free location to remove the lint.…See More
Aug 3, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to bigbossross's discussion My Silicone Cast "Sweats" Oil, what's going on?
"Reading this thread through again, I am more than ever convinced that your Gel 10 was diluted with oil, perhaps it was actually Gel 25 and they thought adding some thinner would make it like Gel 10. Make sure you buy from a reputable seller."
Jun 13, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to bigbossross's discussion My Silicone Cast "Sweats" Oil, what's going on?
"It does seem a bit weird that Nick has no problems at all with the Gel 10/Ecoflex combination, and you have. Is there a possibility that oil/diluent was added to your batch before you got it? It's about the only thing I can think of. I have…"
Jun 11, 2017
StopmoNick replied to bigbossross's discussion My Silicone Cast "Sweats" Oil, what's going on?
"I haven't had any sweating from Ecoflex 00-30, or from Platsil.  I've done the same thing, Platsil gel-10 on the surface because it is a little thicker so I get a bit more skin buildup.  Ecoflex inside, because it is a little…"
Jun 11, 2017
bigbossross replied to bigbossross's discussion My Silicone Cast "Sweats" Oil, what's going on?
"If anyone else is having issues with oil seepage, here's what i've learned about Mann 200 Spray release and cure inhibition.  Mann Ease Release 200 is not silicone based, even though the ingredients, and also portions of their website…"
Jun 10, 2017

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