Tek-Tip: Painting with PlatSil® Gel-10 & Silicone Pigments

Painting directly onto silicone can be challenging as there are not many paint materials that adhere well to silicone or stay in place when it stretches.

In this tutorial, we show you a painting technique that BITY Mold of Supply of Richardson, TX demonstrated when visiting our headquarters recently.
 
 
Supplies for Project

 

One benefit of this technique is that if you’re already making prosthetics or props out of PlatSil Gel, there is no need to purchase additional products.

In this tutorial , we paint a PlatSil Gel-10 face cast:


PlatSil-Gel-10-FaceCast

 

Measure & Mix PlatSil Gel-10

 
PlatSil Gel-10 has a mix ratio of 1A:1B by weight or volume. Carefully measure and mix a small amount.


PlatSil Gel-10_Painting

 

PlatSil Gel-10 Part A

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PlatSil Gel-10 Part B

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Mix PlatSil Gel-10

 

 

Carefully Mix in Naphtha

 
Add Naphtha to the mixed PlatSil Gel-10. We add the solvent at a 1:1 ratio, but you can add more or less depending on how thin you want the mixture to be.

Naphtha is a flammable solvent – care should be taken when handling. Make sure to use solvent-resistant mixing containers and tools.
 

 


 
Very carefully mix the components – it is important to mix slowly as Naphtha is prone to splashing. Mix until the silicone breaks up and dissolves.

 

NOTE: The addition of Naphtha will increase the "demold" time. Standard demold time for PlatSil Gel-10 is 30 minutes. The addition of this solvent could potentially double that time.
 

Mix Carefully


 

Combine with Silicone Color Pigments

 
Select the Silicone Color Pigments (the 8-color tray pictured below is available from BITY Mold Supply) desired for the project. Colors available from Polytek include: black, blue, green, red, yellow, fleshtone and white.
 

Silicone Pigments - Polytek


 
Place the desired pigment (or blend of pigments) into a mixing container and then add a small amount of the PlatSil Gel/Naphtha mixture to the pigment and mix.
 

Mix Silicone Pigments & Solvent


 

Mix Gel-10 & Pigments

 
 

Gel-10 Mixture & Silicone Pigments

 
 

Blue Silicone Paint

 
 

Gel-10 Silicone Paints


 

Begin Painting

 
The overall look is at the hands of the artist; this is just a basic demonstration using two colors.

Start painting with one color (for this demonstration, a combination of red and brown is used first to bring out detail).

 

Red & Brown Silicone Paint


 

Painting with PlatSil Gel-10


 

First Color


 

 

Run a Hair Dryer Between Application of Colors

 
When finished with one color, make sure to run a hair dryer over the surface of the model for a few minutes before proceeding to the next color. If you add a second color before running the hair dryer, the colors will bleed together.
 

Use Hair Dryer Between Colors


 
A second color (blue) is then added.
 

Add Blue Silicone Paint

 
 

Blue PlatSil Gel-10 Mix


 
When application of the blue silicone paint is complete, the hair dryer is run again.
 

Painting Gel-10 face


 
Lastly, to produce the look of freckles, a brush is cut and used to “splatter” a bit of brown/red paint.
 

FreckleTechnique


 
A towel can be used to pull back color when necessary.
 

Blot if Necessary


 
The hair dryer is run once more.
 

PlatSil Gel-10 - Polytek


 
Repeat this process until the desired effect is reached. When the final touches are added, allow the silicone to fully cure before handling.
 

Painting PlatSil Gel-10


 

 

Baby powder can be dusted on to the surface to reduce shine.