I'm in the process of building my own LARP weapons, using EVA foam on glass fiber core. Construction itself, and sculpting, luckily won't be a problem for me. Problem will be with coating.
The industry standard nowadays is pigmented latex, painted. It looks really great when done in a shop or by an experienced crafter. When I do it, I have following issues:
- Underlying layer of glue is either visibly uneven or too thin in some places to grasp the latex.
- Latex tends to drip, bulge up, roll on etc. as I go.
- Brush marks are hard to avoid.
I'll Be only making a few of those so I'd rather not buy an airbrush.
Is there a material that would give me a coat comparable to professional one, using simple tools? Or a way to make latex easier to work with?