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Fé and Gen as Mitsuru and Fuuka from Persona 3

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Liquitex Professional Spray Paint

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I’ve been eyeing the rack of Liquitex spray paint at my local art store for a while now. It comes in so many colours that I was really excited about this new product and thought it would be useful for cosplay eventually. I had tons of small beads to paint for a necklace and decided to use spray paint to speed up the process. I finally got to try Liquitex Professional Spray Paint and boy was that a waste of money!

Phthalocyanine Green 5
Phthalocyanine Green 5

Obviously, this is a review from a cosplayer’s perspective. If you use spray paint for street art, large murals or other projects of that nature, my pros and cons might not necessarily apply to you.

Their big selling point is the huge range of colours that the paint comes in. There are 100 different shades and they match the Liquitex colour spectrum. The colours have a matte finish and are very pigmented.

On the other hand…

  • Very expensive ($11.99 a can)
  • Rough finish
  • Can sputters and splatters
  • Cap/can clogs very easily
  • Thick paint
Angry Gen

I’m especially upset that my can completely clogged and became unusable after I used it only 3-4 times. I’m not even talking about 4 separate days, but just waiting for the paint to dry between each use. Rinsing the cap and even soaking it in hot water or acetone didn’t help. I even tried using another cap without any success so I suspect the can itself might be clogged. I basically just wasted $12. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who had similar problems with this paint. When searching for ways to save my can I found many forum posts telling the same story.

If you MUST buy this paint because of all the awesome shades it comes in, I suggest that after each use you flush the valve by turning the can upside down and spraying paint until nothing comes out. You’ll waste a lot of expensive paint, but that’s what Liquitex suggests doing. Also rinse the caps with hot water right away.

  • Dale H Grimshaw

    I find it best to get a can spraying well first with a “fat cap” (pink dot), then go on to use your usual finer cap. Liquitex cans need a very good shaking first. I do the same always for MTN 94 cans too. Most problems arise with caps blocking when you fist start using them – the fat cap, which spray a wide band, eliminates this and gets the paint flowing better. Also I have Montana cap cleaner at hand for spraying through the dirty/used cap with acetone, rather than wasting paint (& pressure) by spraying the can upside down. Hope this helps.