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Old 04 Aug 2007, 15:55   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you paint Insulation foam?

My local gaming group and I have recently constructed some very nice gaming hills, however there is one problem. How do you prepare them for a basecoat of spray paint? I'm aware that aerosol melts foam, and basecoating it by hand returned uneven results. So my question is what do you use to basecoat your foam terrain?
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Old 04 Aug 2007, 16:36   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How do you paint Insulation foam?

Mix white glue and water. 50/50 should do the trick and then just paint it on the foam. Let it dry and then spray.
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Default Re: How do you paint Insulation foam?

Yes either a 50/50 mix of white glue and water or a mix of future floor wax and white glue with some sand mixed in as well.

Or you can always go buy some textured paint it seals the foam as well as giving it a nice texture as well
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Old 04 Aug 2007, 16:47   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks I'll try out the 50/50 water glue mix today. As far as textured paint goes, I figured once I bascoated it I would use a textured spray, mostly because it came in the color we were looking for when we decided to make the terrain, as well as being textured.
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Textured spray works well too I've used a can once before good stuff
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I cover the foam with a layer of PVA then you can spray paint it.
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Old 10 Aug 2007, 19:18   #7 (permalink)
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Solutions!

Water/PVA mixture: I generally do a 40/60 ratio (water/glue) just to be safe but thats just me. You can find PVA or "Elmers" glue anywhere. You can find 4oz for 1$ almost anywhere.

Floor Wax/Water mixture: I have no clue what the ratio is on this but the rule should be somewhere between a watery mixture to a thicker creamy mixture. (basically when you move it around, it is not fast like water or slow like mud) Find the right thickness. I reccomend finding it at home depot, Lowes, or Big Lots tools section. Cost varies by size but the small 16oz buckets should be less than 8$.

Cheap Paint
: I find this fairly useful. You buy a can of cheap paint from a local store and just undercoat it. Then it will be ready to be sprayed and such. I used latex enamel paints which is supposedly for wood but i works. You can find this from Kmart, Walmart, or even your local Big Lots. Big Lots gave me a half pint of black for 2.50 .... and my styrofoam didnt melt so i guess it was alright.


Textured Spray: These sprays basically leave the styrofoam coated and a bit rough. I reccomend buying the "sand-able" ones because you get a bit of control over the random spray. There are items like Speckstone which paints and texturize the terrain but i'm not sure how it will work on styrofoam. It does miracles on cardboard! Home Depot or Lowes would be the ideal place to get both these items. Speck stone cost around 9$ while textured sprays are around 11$.

Spackle/Spackling
: Haha ok JD pointed that out ... Well its a filler that should be applied with a brush and spread using a stabbing motion .. works great! I usually have to sand mine but its cheap. Try to find lightweight ones. Find this stuff at home depot. Should cost bout 3$ for the 4oz and 8 for the 12oz

Plaster: This is a great item coating styrofoam that is curvy. You mix plaster powder in water and a reaction solidifies the liquid mixture make a good coat. I generally mix the two up (instructions on container) and use a brush to spread it out. It generally gets rocky after 5 minutes so you have to work quick. Its a great material to work with if you want a more liquidy thin coating. Find this at Michaels Arts and Craft. (Plaster de Paris, no more than 6$ for half a years supply)

Good luck on your terrain buddy!
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Spack filler.... this also gives it a 'realistic' look, as it makes the surface rougher... really good for hills and buildings
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Old 13 Aug 2007, 13:16   #9 (permalink)
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-Use an air brush it will give you an even coverage and because it is watered down paint it does not desolve the foam-
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