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#1 Walldepartment

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:58 PM

Sorry, this isn't about ceramics but I thought you guys might be able to help. I want to paint artwork on wooden tobacco pipes, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding information on it. I would need paint that is both non-toxic and heat resistant. I have seen some artwork on a few pipes, so I know it can be done. Anyone have any idea what I could use to do this?

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:00 PM

Sorry, this isn't about ceramics but I thought you guys might be able to help. I want to paint artwork on wooden tobacco pipes, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding information on it. I would need paint that is both non-toxic and heat resistant. I have seen some artwork on a few pipes, so I know it can be done. Anyone have any idea what I could use to do this?


I can't imagine the paint would get too terribly hot, since wood is a good insulator. I don't know why a traditional acrylic or oil paint wouldn't work? If for some reason that would not, they do make high temperature paints, for use on metal surfaces, that do get consistently hot, like engines. The color selection is limited, but they do make a clear version, that you could use as a base, then mix other pigments in to.
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Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:11 PM

My pipes sometimes get so hot that you can't touch it for more than a second or two. Is that too hot for acrylic?

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:17 PM

My pipes sometimes get so hot that you can't touch it for more than a second or two. Is that too hot for acrylic?


Probably. I'd go with the high temperature paint I mentioned. The previous home owners painted the radiator pipes in the basement, with said paint, since they get pretty "warm".
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:25 AM

Have you thought about using oil stains for wood there are a few colors and I think you can make other colors with clear stains and colorants. You probably can find the info some where on the internet, take one of your crummier wooden pipes and test different paints on it. TEST TEST TEST

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:10 PM

I do not want to encourage smoking of any sort as its just plain stupid.
That said use high heat paint -it comes in colors in spray cans at hardware and auto parts stores-I use a lot of silver on kiln metal.
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