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Spray Painting Vinyl

Posted On: 28th of March, 2017
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We are often asked recommendations for painting vinyl banners - with so many one use event banners printed, they can be a great surface to repurpose with spray paint, yet can be very frustrating if your paint doesn't stick.

Some spray paint solvents seem to react with the vinyl, either peeling off very easily, or never truly drying - making a huge sticky mess.

We have put our paints to the test and have excellent results with Sugar Artist Acrylic spray paint. This spray paint contains a solvent made from sugar cane alcohol, while most of our paints use acetone based solvents. In our tests Sugar has dried perfectly and creates a surprisingly strong bond to the flexible vinyl. Coming back to our samples several months later and bending and scratching the surface shows no wear and tear.


Check check out our samples for your self in store.

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Painting on Fabric

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
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We are often asked for recommendations on painting on to fabric. Most acrylic paints are suitable for fabric surfaces, we stock both tubes of heavy body acrylic, bottles of fluid acrylic and markers filled with fluid acrylic that work great on fabrics.

We have recently put some to the test - you can check out our samples in store.

We chose a very dark denim with stretch to test the products to their full capacity. For our sample shown here we used a Ironlak Basic Acrylic Set (you can also buy individual tubes here) and Ironlak Fluid Acrylic.

We applied the paint with a brush, but Fluid Acrylic can also be put into an empty marker, or purchased as a pre made marker here.

We were impressed with the coverage on dark fabrics, even colours like bright red covered well without any base white coat. We found the tubes of acrylic were a little more flexible on the stretch fabric than the fluid acrylic, though both performed well.

Once completely dry we heat set the design - we used an iron for a few minutes on the back side of the fabric, and on the front covering over the painted section with a light tea towel. A hair dryer or tumble drier could also be used.

We have washed our samples a couple of times in a regular wash cycle with no effect on the design.

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Spraying Styrofoam

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chucks Know-Hows

Did you know you can use some spray paints directly onto Styrofoam?

Many spray paints will eat into Styrofoam soon after painting. This is due to the kind of solvents in the paint.

Sugar Artists’ Acrylic and uses an alcohol based solvent made from sugar cane. It does not attack the foam.

MTN Water Based also contains alcohol as a drying agent, and does not contain solvents that eat foam.

After testing we can recommend that you can safely use MTN Water Based and Sugar Artists’ Acrylic paints directly onto foam with no primer.

Most of the other paints we carry, including our main ranges Ironlak, MTN Hardcore and MTN 94 will all attack the foam, unless an appropriate primer is used. MTN 94 Foam Primer is available which is used as a undercoat to protect the foam, in which case any paint can then be used on top of the primer.