Hairspray on card models?

Discussion in 'Tips, Tutorials & Tools' started by andrew ferguson, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. andrew ferguson

    andrew ferguson Member

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    Is hairspray a good sealer to spray on card models? Does it leave a glossy finish?

    thanks for advice. :)
  2. hpept

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    I don't know but for sure your models will smell good :grin:
  3. paper warrior

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    I know It's flammable and explosive.
  4. gippolot

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    As far as sealing is concerned, I've pastel/pencil drawings on acid free paper sealed with cheap hair spray, I made 15 years ago that still look fine and stand up to handling.

    No glossy appearance. Though I'm far from an authority on such matters.
  5. RMCH

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    I've used crystal clear non-yellowing satin spraypaint before. It worked really well for a matte finish. It sealed good. I've been meaning to try a high gloss non-yellowing spraypaint for that ultra glossy look, but just havn't yet. Maybe I'll do an experimental piece and let you know how it turns out.
  6. paulhbell

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    I like the sound of this, but does that spray affect the colours on the paper?
  7. Mark_1984

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    You can get a sealer to spray on pastel pictures from art shops. These shouldn't affect the colour. Never used one on a model though, so I've no idea who well it would work.
  8. gippolot

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    I guess the question is what you want to seal the paper from:

    - glue that can be wiped off while still wet or,
    - moisture after the model is complete or,
    - to prevent yellowing with age. etc.

    I've found the difference over the years between hair spray and commercial drawing sealants to be negligible. PLEASE NOTE I'm a hack artist and I'd still recommend buying the specialist product, as Mark_1984 mentioned. Small price difference.

    I even tried sealing with house varnish on paper, (before I was introduced to alternatives via forums such as this), which seemed to work quite well. I tried matt varnish, though bending the paper can present problems.

    But for printing your own, I believe that the quality/type of the paper is far more important for the longitivitey of quality.
  9. RMCH

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    I'm a little backwards here. Anyway I was sealing mine from moisture. I've tried both. As for the colors being affected from the spray, there were none that I noticed. The spraypaint was of a quick drying type, and if you follow the intructions on the back of the can as for holding it approx. 6 inches away and spraying small even coats there should not be a problem with the colors running. I did not use the hairspray which left a matte finish. It was hairspray after all and how long would it REALLY hold?
  10. Billy Leliveld

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    I used hairspray, back when I was in artschool to seal my charcoal and pencil-drawings, If you apply it a couple of times, it will leave a nice shinny coating, always test it first. But to avoid that my models smell like a cheap blonde.. I use acrilic-spray (glossy and matt) it protects also from UV-rays
    Cheers Billy
  11. sr5nm

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    It works okay in potato guns, although 65% model boat fuel works better.
  12. cgutzmer

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    The acrylic spary is the generally accepted way to seal your models :) its well proven that it works well and consistently :)_
    Chris
  13. Fishcarver

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    Hairspray will work. But better you should find a good spray fixative, suitable for photographic and artworks use. A couple I have tried are made by Krylon and also by Blair. Any good art supply store will be able to help you.
    JR
  14. andrew ferguson

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    i've actually been using Testor's Dullcote (aka Flat Finish) up til now and it seems to work quite well. It's not acrylic, i believe it's a lacquer?
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    I personally wouldn't use hairspray. it's intended to eventually be washed out of hair, so I wouldn't trust it's water proofing abilities. I have an old can of Krylon that I use for models and for sealing CDs I've printed
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    Krylon spray paint.
  18. andrew ferguson

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    but i want it to be clear, not painted
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  20. sr5nm

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    The Testors Dullcote is a great finish, it's just cheaper to use the Krylon.

    As far as wanting it clear, not painted goes, the Krylon clear coat IS clear. If you were to use hairspray, I think that it would still be water soluble after drying. Otherwise, how would people get it out of their hair? I doubt that too many people keep a gallon of acetone in the shower.