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     JennyHitmar
    • Experience: 15-20 years
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    Hello!

    I just got a call to paint an outdoor animatronic dino exhibit.  It’s a touch up call and the say that oil and spray paints are in the kit.  Can anyone tell me what the best paint for latex is?  They are willing to order anything we need.  I need to start tomorrow.

    Thank You!!

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    Hi, I just did some touch ups at a Dino exhibit in Kansas. They were painted in China and the artists used a mixture of oil paint and silicone. The silicone makes it rubbery and waterproof. Obviously you can’t spray this, so they thinned it with gasoline, which sounds crazy, but it’s way cheaper than mineral spirits, which you can also use. Mineral spirits is way nicer on the skin. Wear gloves and a respirator!  It worked way better than I expected. Original paint was not exterior rated, so it faded. I used oil based all surface enamel from Sherwin Williams.

    #19715

    Hi, I just did some touch ups at a Dino exhibit in Kansas. They were painted in China and the artists used a mixture of oil paint and silicone. The silicone makes it rubbery and waterproof. Obviously you can’t spray this, so they thinned it with gasoline, which sounds crazy, but it’s way cheaper than mineral spirits, which you can also use. Mineral spirits is way nicer on the skin. Wear gloves and a respirator!  It worked way better than I expected. Original paint was not exterior rated, so it faded. I used oil based all surface enamel from Sherwin Williams.

    #19716

    Hi, I just did some touch ups at a Dino exhibit in Kansas. They were painted in China and the artists used a mixture of oil paint and silicone. The silicone makes it rubbery and waterproof. Obviously you can’t spray this, so they thinned it with gasoline, which sounds crazy, but it’s way cheaper than mineral spirits, which you can also use. Mineral spirits is way nicer on the skin. Wear gloves and a respirator!  It worked way better than I expected. Original paint was not exterior rated, so it faded. I used oil based all surface enamel from Sherwin Williams.

    #19718
     JennyHitmar
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

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    thank you for getting back to me!  After some research, I ended up doing something very similar.  I was thinning with xylene, so it’s good to know that mineral spirits will dissolve the silicone as well.  And yes, every time I took the respirator off, my paint cart nearly knocked me out! And we were outside 🙂

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