Step 3: Reinforcing

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To cure the 'floppy' nature of these masks, once you have cut it to the final shape,

Turn it over and paint on a thin layer of car repair resin. Allow 10 mins for it to cure then add a second layer adding a layer of tissue to the resin. You will be amazed at how strong the masks becomes after it has cured. Leave it for a couple of hours and then trim up with sharp scissors.

Sand any sharp or rough edges with some normal sandpaper or use your Dremel which speeds it all up a bit. The tissue will block off the poor nose and mouth holes.

Hellwolve4 years ago
Wow, thanks - I've got a mask I've repaired a few times, but it never occured to me that I could repair it with "serious" stuff like fibreglass and resin!
saffron694 years ago
this is great ...my daughter and I just starting one now ... but i do have one quick question...
the "tissue" i assume is fiberglass... sorry im australia and thats what we call it.
My daughter grabbed a box of tissues and though im sure i could use it.... maybe its not what you meant ;D
Im going with the fiberglass option to test first anyways...lol can always do another if it goes all wrong =)

thanks so much for this ... Lol daughter is yelling for me to hurry up!
marshon (author)  saffron694 years ago
Yes, it is fibreglass, but there are two types. The first is the rough matt that is used for general lay up work, the other is a fine 'tissue' that is usually used as a smoothing top layer.
It's the tissue type that you want for these masks because the standard stuff is a little rough for this kind of work.
awesome thanks for your reply ... i used the regular fiberglass matting..lol yes was a bit rough but still ... what fun... smelly sticky and god dont get it on your hands... but fun =)
again thank heaps for this instubctable =)