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I use smooth-on dragon skin fx pro for making all my puppets and I feel like they always come out looking really good. The main problem I've found is when I try to paint them. I've been using psycho paint with silc pig and novocs as a solvent. I find when I paint without using a solvent the paint is really thick and won't stay in place, it will just follow gravity and mess up. But when I add the solvent, even using less then the recommended amount, it gets so thin that you can see through the paint to the base layer underneath. I probably just need to play around with the concentrations more or maybe I just need to do multiple coats/layers, it's just weird because I watch videos of people painting on silicone and it looks about as easy as just painting with normal paint.

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It certainly isn't as easy as they make it look! There's a good YT channel called Brick in the Yard where they demonstrate painting with silicone. They just mix up some of the base silicone they have been using, then thin it.

You have to think differently when painting in layers, it certainly isn't the same as just going for it with a variety of colours.

One trick to getting layers on efficiently is to use a hairdryer to dry and accelerate the layers. You need them to have set off before going on to the next, or the top layer will interfere with the one beneath.

I think you need to experiment with using very little thinner if your paint is coming out too thin. Keep experimenting until you have something you are comfortable with.

I have been using some d-Limonene, which does thin the silicone, but also retards it a lot. Healthier than naptha, though.

A tip for getting the silicone matt is to use icing sugar. Dust it on liberally onto a final clear coat, let it all set (no hairdryer for this one!) then you can wash the icing sugar off. What it in effect does is to make the surface uneven, which breaks up the shine. An added benefit of using icing sugar is that it does not harm your lungs as it dissolves. Talc is ground up stone...



Simon Tytherleigh said:

It certainly isn't as easy as they make it look! There's a good YT channel called Brick in the Yard where they demonstrate painting with silicone. They just mix up some of the base silicone they have been using, then thin it.

You have to think differently when painting in layers, it certainly isn't the same as just going for it with a variety of colours.

One trick to getting layers on efficiently is to use a hairdryer to dry and accelerate the layers. You need them to have set off before going on to the next, or the top layer will interfere with the one beneath.

I think you need to experiment with using very little thinner if your paint is coming out too thin. Keep experimenting until you have something you are comfortable with.

I have been using some d-Limonene, which does thin the silicone, but also retards it a lot. Healthier than naptha, though.

A tip for getting the silicone matt is to use icing sugar. Dust it on liberally onto a final clear coat, let it all set (no hairdryer for this one!) then you can wash the icing sugar off. What it in effect does is to make the surface uneven, which breaks up the shine. An added benefit of using icing sugar is that it does not harm your lungs as it dissolves. Talc is ground up stone...

Thanks for the reply! I never knew that trick with icing sugar, I'll have to try it. For painting in layers, does drying with a hair dryer settle it fast enough that you can make one single batch for several layers, or do you need to mix up your parts A and B individually per each layer?>

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