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      • Experience: 15-20 years
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      Hi. I have been asked by a director if it is possible to have to the cast “paint” graffiti on the set and then remove or wash it after every performance. Other than chalkboard paints and markers, are there any other techniques that people have used? The set design is still in very early stages so we are just trying to brainstorm at this point. Thanks for your suggestions.

        • Experience: 20+ years
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        If they are painting graffiti, I am going to assume you mean using spray paint. So, this solution might not work. Sherwin-Williams sells small sample colors that wash off. Basically, they don’t have any (or much) binder. Iddings should work similarly. Depending on your budget, time, labor, you might be able to put the SW or Iddings or Tempera paint in a Pre-val sprayer and make a fake outer can to conceal the pre-val.


          We had a similar thing going on when we did American Idiot. Somewhere in Act I, the actors sprayed some graffiti onto a wall of the set, as part of their blocking. I just painted over it every other day, with black/grey (spray paint). Also be aware of what colors they want to spray; While metallic shows up really nicely on top of said colors, it’s hard to recover.


          There is a new product called “Movie Paint”, it is a removable spray paint created for the film industry. Currently only in rust/dirt/grunge colors but some could work as graffiti. I found it through a local supplier but im sure it is online too

            • Experience: 20+ years
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            Donna Wymore does a movie and film seminar at Cobalt and she demos a lot of removable paints. I’ll dig through the notes, but the first thing that comes to mind is aerosol hair spray paint. Depending on the color of the set, that may work nicely. You may want a sealer between the paint and the hair color for easier removal, but they come in lots of colors, are washable, and are relatively inexpensive/easy to find.

            Caesein paints are also water soluable, but I haven’t tried anything like that. Trying some Rosco Iddings might be worth it, if you have it onhand.

             Scott Gerwitz
              • Experience: 20+ years
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              I second the hair spray paint. I painted a NYC cab with graffiti all over it. Just sprayed it down with a garden hose and it was gone.

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