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Liquid Rainbow paint

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The Tip of the Month centers around an arts-and-crafts product that's so cool there must to be a million ways to use it; we just haven't discovered them all yet.

Canadian modeler Steve Curbishly experimented with a new technique with great results, but from what I see by looking at this stuff, the possibilities are endless. Let's hear what Steve did:

"I've been trying out a product called "Deco Art - Liquid Rainbow" paint. This paint is like liquid rubber. It allows you to paint your design on a hard surface, such as glass, and then peel off the hard, dry paint and apply it to another surface. I used it to duplicate an upholstery pattern when I needed to make two front bucket seats for a swap-meet kit (a 1966 Cougar) that only had a back seat.

"I made a simple mold of the back seat, using Woodland Scenics latex moldmaking material. I brushed it on the back seat, let it dry, and peeled it off. The seat pattern I needed was on the inside of the mold. Then I painted the inside of the mold with a thin coat of Liquid Rainbow.

"While the paint was drying, I sanded the detail off two donor bucket seats that would be used for the project. After the paint dried, I peeled it out of the mold, trimmed the patterns, and glued them to new bucket seats. The new seat patterns look terrific, but I haven't painted them yet; however, I have no doubt that enamel or acrylic paint will work just fine.

"I've also used this paint to make convertible tops by painting on a thin coat of Liquid Rainbow, adding a layer of facial tissues, then applying another light coat of paint.

"This product could be used for making tarps that would remain somewhat pliable but very strong, and I've also used it to make rear-shelf speaker covers. It may even work as a masking medium, although I haven't tried that yet."

"The paint comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer to use Pearl White. It should be available in most big arts-and-crafts stores, or you can visit www.decoart.com."


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