For creating serious cosplay works of art, painting Eva foam properly is simply a must. Today we’ll be giving you a little primer on this art so that you get started making your own unique and interesting pieces in no time! We’ll let you know what you need to get started, tell you a little about paints and sealants, and give some advice on the painting process itself. Let’s talk about how to paint Eva foam!
What you will need to get started
You actually don’t need a whole lot of gear to get started in painting Eva foam. We’ve compiled a list of the basics below and in the following two sections we’ll give you some suggestions in regards to your sealant and paints as well as some tips for your workspace. Without further ado, here’s what we’re going to need to get started:
- Acrylic paints or Spray paints
- Paint brushes
- Safety goggles and gloves
Selecting your paints and sealant
For your actual painting, you really have a lot of choices in the world of acrylics. If you are just getting started with Eva foam painting, there are some bulk packages that you can purchase to give you some good base-coating paints so that you can save your fancier paints for detail work. You can view a nice bulk acrylic paint example through this link.
All of your paint work won’t amount to much without a good sealant, however. To that effect, we have 2 recommendations that you can try depending on your needs. For projects that will be bending a lot, there is a more flexible sealant that you can use called Through the roof and while it’s designed to be a clear sealant for roofs, it turns out that it’s also quite perfect for Eva foam.
Finally, if you are painting a piece that isn’t going to be bending a lot (or at all), simple Mod Podge Clear Acrylic sealant will do the trick.
These are just suggestions, of course, as you can go with whatever you like, but if you aren’t certain where to get started then we hope you will find them helpful. Oh, and it might please you to know that you won’t need to use primer on the foam first. Eva foam already holds paint quite well on it’s own and won’t need any special chemical assistance in that department.
Before getting started, be sure that you have your safety mask and goggles and that you have selected a place that is well-ventilated and hopefully not too dusty or prone to pests. Dust can get into your paint
“Dust can get into your paint and so can insects”
and so can insects and it would be a shame to have your painting look less than perfect when a little planning can help you to do it right.
Take lots of breaks in between painting and sealing as well, as these materials are toxic and you want to be sure that we are keeping everything safe. That said, let’s get to the steps that you need to begin forging your creations!
Painting your Eva Foam
Painting your Eva foam is quite a lot of fun and not very difficult. Apply your base—paint first, 2 – 5 layers is going to be recommended, but you will need to wait for each layer to dry before you proceed to adding the next. Once you’ve for your base paint in place, then you can start adding detail work with your special acrylics that you’ve got reserved for the purpose.
Spray paint is also an option and you can get some really amazing looks with it, just as you can with acrylics. Metallic spray paints and acrylics are a popular cosplay option that you can use for making armor or cyberpunk-style pieces.
Once you’ve got your base in place and the detail portions of your pieces, don’t forget to spice them up a little by adding in some shading or even by giving some of your creations a more ‘weathered’ look. Whatever you do, have fun with it. Eva foam is an amazing canvas and you’d really be surprised what you can create if you put your mind to it.
Sealing your work
You don’t want to let your hard work go to waste, so you’re going to need to apply a sealant to make things perfect. You’ll want to add a layer of your sealant of choice and to let it dry completely for as long as the manufacturers recommend. Resist touching it, as you don’t want to disturb the sealing process, and be sure that coat the entire piece in the areas which you have painted.
Once the sealant is well-dried then congratulations are in order. You’ve just successfully painted your first Eva foam project!
Some final words on painting Eva foam
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this exploration into the world of how to paint Eva foam. As you can see, the medium itself is actually quite easy to work with and the results can be nothing short of amazing. If your first piece didn’t come out as good as you’d expected, don’t give up. Experiment until you find some colors that you like or try another project similar to your first, and use more paint coat layers this time. Sometimes you just need an extra layer or two for the color you’ve selected to really shine.
Until next time, we wish you the best on your Eva foam cosplay creations!