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Jocko
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I am making my own 4 foot straw to pull out of a bag (ala 10 foot pole). I am using the 4 foot clear plastic tube that covers florescent lights. I want to paint it red. What type of paint can I use that will survive the rolling up of the tube? Spray? Brush on? Do I paint the inside or outside of the tube?

Thanks....Jocko

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I'll say paint the inside of it. go to your Hobby Shop and ask them what type of paint is Best to Use. Don,
Chance Wolf
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Krylon just introduced a new Plastic Spray Paint called "Fusion".
Works on most plastics and great colors.
Hope this helps
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Don't forget to make sure it is clean and free of oils or grease. Many plastics, even clear, use a release agent in their manufacturing.

You want to use a detergent (dish detergent works well) and clear rinse to get this off so the paint will adhere! keep your fingers off the plastic too, finger oil will leave a wierd spot!
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A good paint to use is the ones for RC cars/trucks.
this paint is made to flex more than normal paint, and is plastic-friendly.

tamiya is one brand, and comes in many bright colors.
also - be sure to get the RC kind, as tamiya makes other paints as well.

see any RC hobby store.
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Also consider the use of Contact paper.
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Hey - good thought bill!!
another choice might be 'monokote' which is used to skin model rc aircraft - comes in many colors and metallics too.
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Typically, the "Tamiya-style" paints are designed to be applied on the inside of the body shell. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to apply this to the inside of a 1˝ - 2 inch tube. Monokote needs to be ironed on and heat-shrunk to the item on which it is being installed, so that might melt or warp the tube. It is very tough, but I'm not sure how it would react to constant stretching and pulling in various directions.

There is a very tough vinyl material called Milament that is made in Germany and sold by a company in Pennsylvania (maybe MDF Corporation?). Several builders use it for covering illusions in lieu of paint. It has a "killer" adhesive and is very durable. Problem is, they won't sell it in less than 5 yard quantities, although colors are combinable to get the 5 yard quantity.

You might also want to check with a local signmaker for the material they use on sign canvas. It has to stand up to repeated rolling, unrolling, folding, and flapping in the wind. It seems to be the ideal material for what you want to do, and I assume a local sign shop could sell it to you in small quantities.

"News Flash" - I just talked with a friend of mine at a local sign company. He recommends a material called "Trendfilm" or equivalent. This can be used on any type surface, and is very durable, although it will scratch with heavy use. He says that any local quick-service sign shop in the Dallas area (Signs Now, Sign-a-Rama, etc.) should be able to furnish it. Ask for the "intermediate" grade, with masking.

I have just told you a LOT more than I actually understand...

Good luck,

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