Painting foam

flip79flip79 melbourneClub Members Posts: 28
Hay guys I saw a post about painting foam with normal spray paint cans? ( not the hobby foam safe ones but the hardware shop type) The post said that you can as long as its light coats sprayed from a distance?    image has anyone tried this? and can anyone tell me what the HK foam actually is image


  • CAMMERCAMMER Club Members Posts: 508 ✭✭

       I've painted parts of a "Radian" with spray can,

       for orientation at altitude.

        (before I read it's not a good idea image )

        I used "line-marker" black paint, it worked ok.

        Maybe it's water based, don't have the can now.

  • WTWUKWTWUK CornwallClub Members Posts: 13,605 ✭✭✭
    If it is EPO, yep. You can use what I call 'car paint' rattle cans.

    But! If the foam is EPS, you will melt it.

    Best paints I have used so far on all foams are Tamiya acrylics in the little glass jars, and Humbrol satin finish enamels (albeit via an airbrush).

  • flip79flip79 melbourneClub Members Posts: 28
    yeah i tried it on an old striker wreck as it was the same foam and it was fine in fact the finish was better than i expected!
  • Nick_HKNick_HK Club Members Posts: 89 ✭✭

    Both the Tamiya and Vallejo paints should be OK on most foams, so long as you thin them with water and not proprietary thinners. However, you should always test a small area before painting.

  • AbranAbran Club Members Posts: 52

    I find any acrylic paint is fine on HK foam, I use Sojonyas acrylics but what ever I try with spray paint it eats it even doing light coats.

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