Waterproofing paper mache ideas?

topic posted Wed, March 30, 2005 - 2:35 PM by  linda
Hi there. I want to water proof my paper mache masks taken off clay forms for all weather wear.

I was thinking of trying Hod Podge or whatever it's called, my friend gave me some.

Any other ideas?
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  • Re: Waterproofing paper mache ideas?

    Thu, March 31, 2005 - 9:09 AM
    I use Krylon Crystal Clear (satin or gloss) spray paint to weatherproof shiny masks. Sometimes I also paint on a layer of Sculpt-or-coat (a tough theatrical goo similar to acrylic medium) before I spray on the krylon. The sculpt-or-coast is moisture resistant, but needs the crystal-clear layer on-top to really shed water well.

    And I use Dorlands Wax medium (from most art stores) to weatherproof matte-finish masks.

    Make sure to coat the inside and edges of the masks too, you don't want rain sneaking in the edges or the back of the mask.
  • Re: Waterproofing

    Sun, April 3, 2005 - 12:20 PM
    If you really want any paper mask to hold up to water you really should use an oil based sealer or resins. I often use spray polyeurethane or brush on if I want a more solid coat.
    Polycrylic is good but is is meant for water clean up so it can soften and allow moisture to penetrate eventually.
    Another option is to use a slow setting epoxy resin, mix and brush on with a chip brush so you can toss it afterward
    • Re: Waterproofing

      Wed, April 6, 2005 - 7:22 AM
      Got to agree with my brother on this one,
      All waterbased pruducts will eventually soften with enough exposure. I started usin epoxy resin on the insides of my masks, as they were softening from my own breath and sweat when I used masks for dance or such.
      Oil based products tend to be glossy so this with affect the finish of your mask. I have been using Polycrylic to seal most of my masks but I won't wear that in full on rain.

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