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    Default Any tricks to applying static grass?

    I just got a static grass applicator from Micro Mark and my first practice effort looks like felt. I took an 18 inch piece of polystyrene foam and painted it brown. I glued ground foam on 4", then tried three tests: 50/50 white glue/alcohol mix over the ground foam and a section of bare paint. The 3rd section of grass was applied to wet latex paint. I plugged in a pin at each section and gently shook some grass onto each - probably too heavily.

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    i paint the area with white glue...like Elmers. Then put in my ground pin and shake away. Usually comes out great. I have a home made applicator.

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    I'm still learning/practicing with static grass too, and I think that part of avoiding the felt look is to go a little less dense with the fibers, and to use a few different lengths. Don't pre-mix the lengths, that will create a too-even look again. Instead, do the base length and the spot-add the longer fibers in while the blue is still wet. Same technique goes for colour blending - do them separately.
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    Use a few different shades and lengths, you can toss them all in together just don't mix them. The clumps inside the applicator will stay as clumps and come out in clumps so you'll get patches of different colour and length. That's how I do it anyways.

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    Check out Kathy Millatt's posts about static grass. The results are superb!

    https://www.kathymillatt.co.uk/blog/...-static-grass/

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    I apply a first layer of grass onto the wet paint, then when that has dried I apply more static grass using 50/50 whiteglue/water, just letting drops and squirts of the mixture fall on the grass , then apply different lengths and different colors.



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    I have a homemade applicator and use straight white glue. I paint a small area with the glue then shake away. What size grass are you using? I mix the sizes and colors.
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    Keep the applicator low, right above the grass, this way it can do what it is supposed to and charge the grass. Too many people drop the grass from inches up, at that point you might as well not even use a static grass applicator. Even after the grass is down, wave the applicator over it nice and low, you'll see the grass stand up. That's how you know you are close enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    Keep the applicator low, right above the grass, this way it can do what it is supposed to and charge the grass. Too many people drop the grass from inches up, at that point you might as well not even use a static grass applicator. Even after the grass is down, wave the applicator over it nice and low, you'll see the grass stand up. That's how you know you are close enough.
    You are certainly right when using the selfmade applicator and other low voltage applicators , but when you have a 35KV applicator or better no worry's about a couple of inches height. And on top of that the ground doesn't need to be in the wet glue or paint just close is good enough. Of course if you don't have masses of grass to apply the investment is a bit on the steep side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    You are certainly right when using the selfmade applicator and other low voltage applicators , but when you have a 35KV applicator or better...
    Seeing as the applicator the OP is using runs off 2 D batteries lower is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    Seeing as the applicator the OP is using runs off 2 D batteries lower is better.
    Mine uses a 9V block
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    Actually, although the literature says 2 D cells, on opening the unit I found that it takes two AA's. I could, I suppose, rig it with a 9 volt battery.
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