Painting a PVC saber - what's best to use?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by toasterstrudels, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. toasterstrudels

    toasterstrudels New Member

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    Was wondering what paint would be the best to paint a PVC saber to give it a somewhat "metal" look? I haven't found one yet that I'm 100% satisfied with. Just wondering what everybody else uses. Thanks.
  2. PHArchivist

    PHArchivist Master Member

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    Etching primer then Testor's buffable aluminum.
  3. Jedi Lawja

    Jedi Lawja Well-Known Member

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    PVC? How about a pic?

  4. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member

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    PVC doesn't like solvent based paints. Go with an acrylic paint (water based) and it won't turn the surface of your PVC to chewing gum.

    Dave :)
  5. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If it fits the part without showing any edges, metal tape is superior to any paint.
    Just make sure it sticks well. You might need to brush additional glue on the surface first.
  6. motman241

    motman241 Well-Known Member

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    Most everything I do PVC gets painted in Krylon Fusion satin black as a base coat. If I do a metalic-looking item, I'll then lightly use some aluminum colored paint (after at least a week for the Fusion to cure).
  7. Corbin_Das

    Corbin_Das New Member

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    Although it's a bit messy and might need to be touched up from time to time, rub-n-buff works great. It's a paste that you smear onto the surface and rub around (I use my finger) to create friction. It has a really convincing metallic sheen to it when finished.
    I'm not sure how well it would hold up to being handled a lot though.

    Corbin Das

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