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Dave Harrison

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Post Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:54 am

Best paint for canvas tents / Marquee

Was told the Marquee was PVC but it turns up Canvas....

I was about to ask what the best paint for canvas was... and then thought doh.... ! ask an artist... however I'm not sure..

I need to paint a very basic design onto a canvas marquee / tent. It will need to have a product life of about 6 months. where it will be rigged and de-rigged approx 8 to 10 times...
Its not a hired marquee so I don't have to worry about getting it off either...

Any ideas what the best paint to use would be ?
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Mike Grant

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Post Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:01 am

You can use ordinary emulsion paint. The only trouble is if it is being folded it will crack and look ugly. Canvas is a pig to paint, if you have never done it try out on a scrap piece first. Do not try and use a vinyl mask....you will be sorry! :thumbdown: :police2: :no1:
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Neil Davey

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Post Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:40 am

As Mike says. I used to signwrite a lot of shopfront awnings which were canvas. It will crack with folding.
Perhaps offer a banner that can be fixed somehow to the Marquee?
Also you aint going to get the paint off t the end of the hire period!!
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Post Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:06 am

I've had very good results in the past using screen inks - Polyplast. No problem with cracking.
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Post Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:03 pm

We did ours with screen printing ink rolled onto it via mask.


But we have done one that was quite a heavey weave and the ink bleed under the mask, we covered it up with a small hand painted outline in black...

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