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Old 01-20-2007, 11:53 PM
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Default Quick help needed - Spray Painting Foamies - F27B

Just need a quick tip here!

I want to spray paint my F27B Stryker but am afraid the spray paint may melt the foam.

Should I prime the foam surface with something first, or use a special paint?

Any painting tips appreciated, thank in advance!

( I have to paint this bad boy - its too easy to get disoriented thanks to its gray default paint scheme )

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Old 01-20-2007, 11:56 PM
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use any acrylic . i use tamiya but any acrylic will work . i airbrush them but the spray cans work as well . i never prime them just paint
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:58 PM
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these were both tamiya
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Old 01-21-2007, 12:04 AM
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markind - do a search of the forums... lot of discussion on this topic.
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:24 AM
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Default RE: Quick help needed - Spray Painting Foamies - F27B

I tried searches, I could not find anything to specifically answer my question! [:@]

Thanks! I did not know that acrylic spray paints were available! Duh! Shows how long I've been in this hobby!

I'm off to my LHS to buy some acrylic spray paints then! Tally ho!!
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:09 AM
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Default RE: Quick help needed - Spray Painting Foamies - F27B

I've got the answer! Krylon H2O spray paint! They have a white primer too. All foam safe! Should look great too! I'll post pics when done!

Thanks for the tip, it sent me in the right direction!
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Old 01-21-2007, 12:00 PM
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I wouldn't prime it unless you want to add weight. Priming it wont do much difference to the paint after its on either way it will eventually ce scracthed. Hell what i do is every couple months I strip my bird down and sand off all the paint with 400 grit sandpaper. It doesn't ruin it foam but gets rid of the paint. Then I go back and paint it whatever color I want.
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Old 01-21-2007, 12:20 PM
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Not sure about the Stryker, but I've found that all foams are not created equal. On my Hobbyzone Super Cub, I can use most types of glue or paint, with no damage to the foam....This was also true of my ShunDa Cub......However, On my GWS E-Starter and Tiger Moth, CA...(any type of CA, even foam safe) will disolve the foam. The same was true of paint. The same paint I used on my other foamies, melted the GWS planes.....To be safe, any water based paint would be fine....However, some of the water based spray paints that have appeard on the market lately, are not very tough.....AND, the same Windex and paper towel I use to wipe down all my other planes, wipes the paint off the ones painted with water based spray.....

On a side note, I've found that whatever the foam used by GWS, in their planes, has a tendency to fatigue, over time. I have had several wings break off in mid air, on my Tiger Moth, even though it had never been crashed. This also becomes more of and issue when youpaint the planes with water based coatings.....It appears that the foam is somewhat porous and when painted with water based paint, the paint "soaks" into the foam, making it even more prone to breaking.....

Now this may be peculiar to GWS, but will never purchase another of their foamies, and now I actually test the foam with a drop of mineral spirits, in an non-critical area, before painting, or glueing.....If it doesn't damage the foam, then I just use regular CA and model paint.....Pat
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Default RE: Quick help needed - Spray Painting Foamies - F27B

Hey thanks for the continued tips you guys!

I went shopping today and Sprawlmart, Home Despot, Fechael's and gOSH did not have Krylon H2O primer, and based on your input, I'll skip the primer.

I think I have some 400 grit somewhere, I'll give that a go. Then, I'll just paint with the H2O white, testing first on a sample I removed from the plane. If its good, I'll do the nosecone first and let it set.

I want to end up with a Red White and Blue scheme, and I have a bunch of star decals. [8D]
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Krylon Fusion does well. Do a light coat first.

A coating of 3M spray adhesive can help also as an initial coating on the foam with getting a finish to stay put... though it can bubble a little and not lend to a smooth finish. I masked off some lines on my stryker fuse and the paint didn't pull up when removing.
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visit your local arts and craft store, you can purchase foam safe paint in an aerosol can. Any aerosol that contains any kind of petroleum base products will eat away the styrofoam.
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Default RE: Quick help needed - Spray Painting Foamies - F27B

Thanks for the tips! This paint job is coming along nicely, but slowly.

I put down 3 coats of Krylon H20 Arctic White on the belly. I don't mind a little weight for nice coverage and finish. Pics when done!
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Thanks for the tips! This paint job is coming along nicely, but slowly.

I put down 3 coats of Krylon H20 Arctic White on the belly. I don't mind a little weight for nice coverage and finish. Pics when done!

Ta da! Play either the USAF theme song "Up we go, into the wild blue yonder" or the theme from "Team America, World Police" when viewing these pictures, and salute if you are a true blooded AMERICAN!!!
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Looks awesome!!! Hat's off!! You should put a mini stereo on her and play the star spangled banner when ya fly ;-)
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Stryker foam is relatively tough. I have used enamel based paint with success.
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