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Yupo looks like plastic :D Did I buy the correct one? -.-

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  1. huskystafford

    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Mod Very Likeable!

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    Ok, so I finally got my Yupo. I found one local store so I can buy even one piece if needed. Is this the right Yupo? :D

    I bought 5 pieces of 35 x 50cm = 13.7 x 19.6 inches. Each piece was 1.9 Euro.

    And I couldn't help my self when I seen little Yupo postcards which were expensive (9.99 Euros), but they were just the right size, so I bite the bullet... I could cut those big ones, but I was curious if there will be any difference when buying by a piece or the ones which are sold in a mini pack.

    Anyway, do I need to clear coat this ''paper'' after I am done painting and if so, what kinda clear? For cars?

    Here is a picture of small pack, cause big pieces I got without any instructions(they put them in a piece of paper).

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    putting it as frankly as I can... Yupo IS plastic ;). All synthetic papers are. What separates some is that in addition, they have a "tooth" to them. I have done some satisfying colored pencil work on both Blair Airbrush Paper, and Terraslate synthetic paper. Not such a fan of Yupo... I have had the surface separate on the heavier weight stuff. Either simply peel off when removing tape from the edges, or actually curl when working with a blade. Still, learning to work on Yupo can open lots of doors in terms of learning and applying techniques that don't work so readily on other types of surfaces. I know I learned a lot working on it.
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    Thanks for the tips :thumbsup:
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    I use yupo alot. I normally just use a cheap spray can clear coat and have not had any issues yet
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    spray can clear for cars? or? I am asking this just in case of language barrier. Here they use different names for stuff.
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    I use both gloss and matte. Here are examples of both gloss and matte. IMG_2043.JPG IMG_2028.JPG The snake is gloss The skull is matte
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    From what I can tell it is the same stuff.
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    As Dave said, yes its plastic, all 'synthetic paper' is plastic.
    If it helps I have the identical yupo. just wipe it with alcohol wipes prior to use to remove any fingerprints, I don't coat the yupo with anything prior to painting.

    After the picture is done I'll spray with some Createx gloss finish or just a generic acrylic clear in a rattle can

    You could also hunt around for 5 x 7 photo paper that goes into your home printer. I've had great success with that, just don't expect to be able to erase / scratch heavily :)
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    omg, this is new world to me.... :eek:

    that moment when you realize you are scared of paper. :rolleyes:
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    haha, yes there are many many types of 'canvas' for painting on. because I'm in Australia we don't have the choices that the US does and if I do manage to find a local supplier it is expensive so I had to look around at alternatives.
    Photo paper and a few different brands of synthetic paper have worked well.
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    Yupo is plastic, Terra Slate paper is limestone dust infused in plastic,
    On the glossy Yupo I find hitting it with some 6k sandpaper allows the paint to adhere a lot better. Where as the Terra Slate holds paint well.
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    thanks for all the info and help guys.
    noted :thumbsup:
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    another use full trick :ninja:
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    You can use transparent base (AutoAir for eg.) or 4030 as a final coat/varnish.
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    Lana vanguard isn’t available everywhere, They certainly didn’t have a distributor here in Australia when I asked
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