THE KITCHEN ARMOURY:
CUIR BOUILLI ON THE ELECTRIC STOVE

PAINT EXPERIMENTS

FIRST PAINT TEST

Full-strength acrylic paint, One Coat

Note also in the detail photos following the results of apply a full-strength blow with the back of a cleaver (paint test not strength test, hence use of back of cleaver!)


First paint test

Full-strength acrylic paint, One Coat

  • Very Hard Cuir bouilli: The two patches on the left are acrylic house paint, the one on the right is acrylic craft paint.


First paint test - detail very hard cuir bouillied

Full-strength acrylic paint, One Coat

  • Hard Cuir bouilli: The patches on the top left and bottom right are acrylic house paint, the one on the bottom left is acrylic craft paint


First paint test - detail hard cuir bouillied

Full-strength acrylic paint, One Coat

  • Medium-hard Cuir bouilli: The two patches on the right are acrylic house paint, the one on the left is acrylic craft paint


First paint test - detail medium-hard cuir bouillied

Full-strength acrylic paint, One Coat

  • Tanned only: The two patches on the top are acrylic house paint, the one on the bottom is acrylic craft paint


First paint test - detail tanned

SECOND PAINT TEST

3:1 Dilution - One Coat

  • Very Hard: Barely there
  • Hard: transparent, no cracking
  • Medium-hard: transparent, no cracking
  • Tanned: Red - opaque, no cracking; Yellow - semi-opaque, no cracking


Second paint test - thinned 3-1 - one coat

3:1 Dilution - One coat close-up


Second paint test - thinned 3-1 - one coat - detail

3:1 Dilution - Two Coats

  • Very Hard: transparent
  • Hard: semi-transparent, low sheen, no cracking
  • Medium-hard: Red - near opaque, no cracking (quite good colour level, cf light stain); Yellow - transparent, no cracking
  • Tanned: Red - opaque, low sheen, no cracking; Yellow - near-opaque, very low sheen, no cracking


Second paint test - thinned 3-1 - two coats

3:1 Dilution - Three Coats

  • Very Hard: semi-opaque (satisfactory colour level)
  • Hard: Red - darker than previous, semi-opaque, low sheen, no cracking (satisfactory colour level); Yellow: transparent (no real change), no cracking
  • Medium-hard: Red - near opaque, no cracking (Good colour level); Yellow - semi-opaque, no cracking
  • Tanned: Red - intense colour (opaque), low sheen, no cracking; Yellow - opaque, very low sheen, some crazing/blotchy look

Conclusion: Yellow not satisfactory for Very Hard or Hard and marginally satisfactory for Medium-hard, Re-run dilution test.


Second paint test - thinned 3-1 - three coats

THIRD PAINT TEST

Remix of Yellow 3:1 - One Coat (in low light)

  • Tanned: semi-opaque, no cracking
  • Medium-hard: transparent, no cracking


Third paint test - yellow remix thinned 3-1 - one coat low light

Remix of Yellow 3:1 - One Coat (in bright light)

  • Tanned: semi-opaque, no cracking
  • Medium-hard: transparent, no cracking


Third paint test - yellow remix thinned 3-1 - one coat bright light

Remix of Yellow 3:1 - Second Coat (in bright light)

  • Tanned: semi-opaque, no cracking
  • Medium-hard: darker transparent, no cracking


Third paint test - yellow remix thinned 3-1 - two coats bright light

Remix of Yellow 3:1 - Third Coat (in low light)

  • Tanned: semi-opaque, no cracking
  • Medium-hard: semi-transparent, no cracking

Conclusion: no significant change from first experiment, though crazing and blotching gone (contaminant from container in first batch?). Three coats of yellow at 3:1 OK for tanned, may move to 2:1 for Medium-hard.


Third paint test - yellow remix thinned 3-1 - three coats low light

NB Later re-painting of yellow parts with a more ochre-toned yellow took place because the pure yellow, which looks fine on shield, looks blue-toned on cuir bouilli. The sword-belt to the right is in the new colour.


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Created by Sue Leader - July 19 2007
Cuir Bouilli Armour Project 2005-2006