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    Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    So I just bought Khalima's red Bella and we'll be in business and looking lovely after I make a few small repairs

    The fabric has a red, slightly glittery metallic finish, which has worn off in some spots. I know this is nothing that audiences will notice unless they're standing 2 feet away (and I don't let them get that close .w.: ) but wouldn't mind refreshing the red glitter where it got rubbed off, just to restore some shine.

    Anybody ever attempt this sort of procedure before? Is there some sort of fabric paint that would work? I'm very, very curious.

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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    I'll be watching this, too! I have 2 Emans with glittery fabric and, while they're fine now, I know it'll be a problem somewhere down the road.


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    This has come up before, and the consensus is that it can't be fixed.


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    A-ha! Thanks for the link!

    The costume has more of a slight glitter finish, so thankfully it's not as noticeable as any distress that might show up on one of those liquid metallic fabrics. It's really not bad and you don't notice it unless you're staring up close. Perhaps I can find some sort of glitter paint I can lightly apply to the fabric. If not, it's not the end of the world. I'll be applying all new rhinestones and revamping some of the beading, anyway. There will be no shortage of shine!

    It does make me wonder, though, why designers continue to use those delicate fabrics.


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    They're like little birds: cheap cheap cheap!!


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azhia View Post
    They're like little birds: cheap cheap cheap!!
    ..l;, ..l;, ..l;,

    No one else ever sees our costumes the way we see them - up close and personal. I try to remind myself of that fact when I'm in a similar situation...g.: ..g.:


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    If the fabric has a glitter applied on top (different than a metallic finish), you could get a spray on glitter fabric paint I bet. You'd have to mask off the rest of the costume. And you'd have to match what was there. And you'd have to experiment with something similar and not a Bella first... Maybe you should glue on a rhinestone there instead...


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    They're like little birds: cheap cheap cheap!
    And yet you guys pay $800 for them. Compared to a "tacky" cheap bedleh with box-girder bridge construction and sequin-stitching that will survive a nuclear winter,well I know what I'd rather spend my money on. I can make a cheap skirt out of cheap material any day.


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    My classmates and I made liquid silver cholis with these kick ass fishnet sleeves for student night...unfortunately mine ran under one of the arms and here's what I did to repair it. I had some silver glitter nail polish that I heavily painted on the runs on the front and on the back. I also added a patch of the same fabric that I 'glued' on with the same polish. It was a successful repair as from more than a foot away it was undetectable. It's been through the wash (brilliantly I might add) so the top will live to dance another day. I'll have to add elastic to the band as I kept flashing my leopard print bra to everyone but hey, I was totally enjoying myself dancing. Thank goodness I wore a bra, which I almost chose to forgo that evening! Back to the subject at hand....lightly sponging a metallic paint, like you find in the model car area of the toy department might work, or a glittery nail polish applied with a generous hand might be a good remedy. You could test this theory on an inside seam or you could just let it go and cover it with appliques that you could integrate into the whole costume. Sorry you're having issues with this stuff...it is pretty though!


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    I noticed in this https://www.dahlal.com/PDF/ith_may2008.pdf there is a bit about using latex pabric paints with stencils, perhaps that might do the job, putting in a feature to cover the bare bits?


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    car paint and nail polish won't bend and move with stretch fabric so I would not use it personally. At any rate, my costumes have glitter finish on them so if there's glitter fabric spray out there it would be what I need. I have some fabric left over from when i shortened the skirt so I could use that to test it out!


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    The nail polish didn't bend and stretch, though it did a bang up job of keeping the run from growing. Honestly I'd only use it as a last resort which it was in my case...it was do or watch the run keep going!


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    Quote Originally Posted by zumarrad View Post
    And yet you guys pay $800 for them.
    Not this chica...


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azhia View Post
    Not this chica...
    Me neither. I've never paid more than $350, thankfully, for any of my costumes with shiny fabric. Granted, they were used....

    Azh, I want to put your wet-look green leopard-print Eman in a shadow box somewhere, after reading this thread. I don't ever want that one to lose its awesome shine!


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    Re: Restoring the Finish on Worn Glitter/Metallic Fabric?

    Quote Originally Posted by SatinWorship19 View Post
    Me neither. I've never paid more than $350, thankfully, for any of my costumes with shiny fabric. Granted, they were used....

    Azh, I want to put your wet-look green leopard-print Eman in a shadow box somewhere, after reading this thread. I don't ever want that one to lose its awesome shine!
    That one doesn't seem like fabric that would lose its shimmer; it's like "built in." Still, I kept it pretty sheltered.


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