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After a fairly expensive trip to a few stores, I'm now loaded down with some material for making terrain. Unfortunately, I managed to overlook one minor detail, and need to figure out how to work around this. I picked up a few sheets of foam board to make some buildings out of. However, I have no idea how I should go about painting it. The last time I played around with this stuff I (very wisely) used spray paint, and ended up tossing the paint-melted remains into the trash. While I -do- intend on these buildings being fairly rumble strewn, I don't know if letting the spray paint melt them is really going to be the right look. I have plenty of Vallejo and GW paints to use, as well as some regular acrylic paints for canvass. If anyone has some wisdom to share, now would be a lovely time. Thanks.
Any aerosol based spray is going to melt the styrofoam/polystyrene, so the best thing to do is to paint any exposed foam with a watered down coat of your base color to seal it off from the gas.
After the sealant is dry, you can spray to your hearts content.
You just need a big brush for painting a house and a large tin of arcrylic paint and then you just paint it, shouldn't take long and will workOriginally Posted by Bob Dole
Hope it helps
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I saw you mentioned both Styrofoam and foam board. They are both different things. Which is it you have?
for the foam card i use pva glue for the edges.
for the styrofoam i cover this in watered down wall filler.
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Originally Posted by Decado
I use regular latex paint for house interiors, which works great and wears well. Also, I think that Krylon now makes various colors of latex spray paint, which "shouldn't" melt foam. Good luck with your scenery Bob.
You can also try applying a watered down layer of white glue. It will seal the Styrofoam so it does no react with the spray paint and there for not "melt" it.
Hope that helps
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I normally use house paint and a large brush.
I would recommend that when you buy paint that you first look at all the mis-made colour the people have in stock. Since this paints were not mixxed right they are cheap. It ends up being about $5 a gallon. You don't have much choice in colours but good earth tones pop up. Good luck with the painting.