File puptcrit/puptcrit.0607, message 332

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Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 19:23:19 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Painting advice emergency

Hi all.
I have finally received advice from the Apoxie Sculpt manufacturer, Aves.
as I suspected, They claim the problem is the paint, not their Apoxie.
Their solution is to paint as if everything was going to be fine, and then 
seal the paint job with a good spray varnish or top coat. A primer before 
painting can help too.

Even though this goes against my "laws" of painting, I shall try, as I don't 
have anything to lose at this point.
The law I'm refering to is that for a paintjob to be structurally strong, it 
must have a great adhesion to the surface, throughout the steps. Otherwise 
you eventually get peeling and even flaking.

I will also try an alkyd based primer, the best the store had to reccomend. 
They claim it sticks to everything.

An interesting lead, as I followed Gary's advice to use a sandable shellac 
primer,  was to use regular shellac, because nobody seems to carry this 
sandable shelalc primer anymore around here.
The shellac really stuck to the Apoxie. Problem is, the acrylic paint won't 
grab onto the Shellac, so the peeling problem is just transfered to another 
layer. so yes, I have a tendency to believe that a shellac based primer, 
with its matte toothy surface, would work.

I will let the list know how it goes.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027 

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