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impalaimpressions
12-08-2008, 11:55 AM
Hi I have asked this before but not sure if I put it on the right bit! I do lifecasting as a rule but at fetes/fairs etc I do 'paint a tile' for the kids (a bit of fun) the problem i have is that they all put tons of paint on the tiles and then have to leave them with me until they are leaving the fair and have to come and collect them and sometimes they are still wet.

Is there a way I can spray them with something that will set the paint immediately and therefore they can be taken away straight after they have been painted?

Please help...........

Recycled Bag Lady
12-08-2008, 11:59 AM
Cab't help with the paint, but another idea: recently we went to a craft fair and i bought some personalised name plaques that were still wet when collected. The seller used a cardboard box that kept the plaque flat and we had instructions to remove lid and allow to air dry for 24 hours when we got it home.

May be worth a go if you can't get the paint :)

impalaimpressions
12-08-2008, 12:05 PM
thanks for that - good idea re boxes I will see if I can get some - any ideas re varnish would be appreciated though from anyone else out there!

brickmaker
01-09-2008, 11:35 PM
Craven Dunnill Ltd do a series of chemical sealants that can be brushed on. Maybe you could put the sealant in a spray bottle (like one of those floor cleaner plastic bottles) and spray over the surface of the tile?

If you had an electricity supply, you could always put an electric fan pointing into a long cardboard box, and put the tiles inside. That may dry them off pretty quickly;)

The tile sealant is usually touch dry inside half an hour ordinary temperature. But in a fan assisted drying box, probably off in a few minutes.

I hope this helps.

Louise88
01-09-2008, 11:46 PM
I doubt it will work but i remember doing crafts when i was at school, there was a teaching assistant that liked to spray hairspray on all finished projects. If that doesn't work then i assume she liked the fumes :o

brickmaker
01-09-2008, 11:52 PM
I'm sorry, I should have clarified that a bit more. I use sealants in this way on porous ceramic floor tiles with success. The suggestion is really only aimed at whether it would work over painted tiles - on reflection I could also see a problem there as the paint would seal off the surface of the tile.

A polymer /PVA sealant (concentrated not diluted) may also work but I think the heated box idea would have to be used. I use a heated box system like this to dry off my tiles after sealing. It works very well.;)

potter1
09-09-2008, 07:23 PM
we use acrylic paints on ceramics and you cant beat a hairdryer to speed up the drying process!!! We then use spray sealant (Cromartie do some goodies).

goldy1
09-09-2008, 07:38 PM
I doubt it will work but i remember doing crafts when i was at school, there was a teaching assistant that liked to spray hairspray on all finished projects. If that doesn't work then i assume she liked the fumes :o
Mine used it on chalk projects.

impalaimpressions
18-09-2008, 09:22 PM
for all your comments - I will definately try the spray sealant - thanks everyone again.

I love this site!!!!!!!

:)