Painting a rubber prop - Advice needed.

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by starbuc, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. starbuc

    starbuc Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I got this really cool rubber First Contact Phaser rifle prop and I am really thinking of painting it. So my question is, does anyone know if I should take any special preparations before I paint the rubber surface? What about primer. Should I use the special primer that is made for plastic or just go with automotive primer?
    If I decide to paint it, I want to make sure it turns out perfect, or as close to perfect as possible.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance.

    Terry
     
  2. Ronan87

    Ronan87 Sr Member

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    Your avatar... Garibaldi from Babylon 5? Wow haven't seen that in YEARS! *Blast of memories*

    What kind of rubber is it? Make sure to wash it and dry it GOOD before attempting anything.
     
  3. starbuc

    starbuc Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Not sure what kind of rubber it is to be honest. This is a made for production rubber stunt rifle that was never used, so it was never painted. I know it was designed to be painted, just don't know if I should take any precautions before I do.
    But I will give it a good bath in warm water with a small amount of dishwashing liquid before I do any thing else.
    Thanks for the advice.

    Terry
     
  4. robstyle

    robstyle Master Member

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    Dont wash it with dish soap or water, use alcohol on a rag and just wipe it down. Doesnt have to be a bath, just a damp rag. DBU and rattle can paints will be ok but dont cake the paint on.
     

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