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« on: May 04, 2006 09:40:24 PM »

 Hi all

 I finally cut out a stencil I want to use on a shirt.. Now I am stuck. What kind of paint should I use on it? Does acrylic paint work okay on clothes? Or should I try spray paint? Or how about fabric paint? Any brands anyone can recommend?

 Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2006 09:44:10 PM »

go with fabric paint!!!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2006 08:05:45 AM »

if you can't find what you want in fabric paint, get acrylic paint but mix it half-and-half with fabric medium.

also, i LOVE airbrush paint.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2006 08:09:13 AM »

What happens if you can't find fabric/textile medium?  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2006 08:14:13 AM »

textile medium is usually sold right along side the acrylic paint displays. sometimes it's stocked with the finish mediums, crackle, antiquing, and what have you.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2006 08:27:35 AM »

acrylic paint all by itself tends to flake off, and it tends to crack.  with textile medium, the paint becomes more pliable and it settles into the fibers better.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2006 09:01:53 AM »

See, thing is, I live in Xiamen, and there is pretty much only one art store I know of that sells a lot of art/craft stuff. I've looked at their mediums (media?) for sale, and have not been able to spot the Mandarin word for textile or fabric. I asked at the shop, and they said that the brand they sell is used without textile medium when purchased by the t-shirt painting crew... but then they could just be hard-selling me, since I don't know any better.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2006 09:50:21 AM »

oh gosh, that does change things then. see if they'll give you the name of the tee shirt painting crew who purchase it. it sounds like that is a regular customer of theirs. they may be able to give you a brief product review. it also sounds like they carry true textile paint. i don't suppose it's a brand the rest of us might recognise? that's probably quite a long shot.
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2006 11:42:41 AM »

 I read somewhere on here that if you use acrylic paint on clothes and then put a paper with vinegar on it over the design and iron it with steam for a minute or so it will heat set the paint and there won't be any cracking or anything.. Even if you wash it. I wish I could find where I saw that.. I wonder if it works. I think I will try it on an old tshirt. I hope the smell washes out after..

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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2006 06:39:10 PM »

there is NO WAY that works.

the chemistry doesn't add up.

acrylic paint is not made more permanent by being temporarily exposed to a surface application of any acid, much less such a weak one as vinegar.

plus acids are bad for cellulosic fibers.

if anything, it is the application of heat and pressure that helps cure the paint.

trust me on this, it is part of my job to know this stuff.  i dye on average 200 yards of fabric per season, and then we surface treat most of that by hand.  this is just one of those myths that gets passed around so quickly these days because of the miracle of the internet.
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