Hairspray on card models?

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

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

    thanks for advice. :)
  2. hpept

    hpept Member

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

    paper warrior Member

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

    gippolot Member

    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

    RMCH Member

    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

    paulhbell Guest

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

    Mark_1984 Guest

    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

    gippolot Member

    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

    RMCH Member

    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. 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

    sr5nm Member

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

    cgutzmer Guest

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

    Fishcarver Active Member

    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.
  14. 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?
  15. MOS95B

    MOS95B Member

    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
  16. paper warrior

    paper warrior Member

    Krylon spray paint.
  17. but i want it to be clear, not painted
  18. MOS95B

    MOS95B Member

  19. sr5nm

    sr5nm Member

    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.

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