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    Default Plywood or Coro cutouts?

    With my kids getting older (not old 2&3) there getting into Disney and star wars characters now. I'm wanting to do some cut outs of minions and maybe a storm trooper this year for them to enjoy, my question is should I go plywood or Coro? I think plywood would hold up better to wind but I like the fact that Coro would be easier to store in the off season by being able to fold it. Also it seems plywood would be easier to paint but just wanted to get some opinions from others that have done this. Cutting shouldn't be much of a problem for either I have a jig saw and my father in law has a scroll saw.


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    Like many things there are pros and cons to both. I've made wood cut-outs since I was a teen and I'm too old to change now, I prefer wood cutouts. Wood is rigid, coro unless it's small or 10mm coro, needs a frame to support it. Wood can be cut in smaller shapes, think of a reindeer's antlers. Both are similar to paint; both require primed and a quality paint to last. I don't use a sealer; but that is a whole another discussion. I wouldn't advise folding the coro; one you'd see the bend and two the paint is going to flake off at the fold. Storing a wood cutout is easy because it's flat. Simply lean them against a wall. I have a bunch of cut-outs, I'll guess and say easily close to 50 maybe more, stored under the steps leading to the basement.

    I'm sure a fan of coro cutouts can point out why they prefer coro.................but they'd be wrong LOL (J/K). Try one of each, see what material you prefer working with.

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    I also use plywood. I use 1/2 inch exterior grade plywood. I put a coat of oil based exterior grade primer on first. Then I use ceramcoat hobby paints. I had some problems with folkart white; don't know why. I like to wait a 5-7 days after the color paints before using exterior grade water based polyurethane. Ohio like Kentucky can get a bunch of rain in December, so I try to waterproof the cut outs as best as possible. I fill the voids on the edges of the plywood with caulk or epoxy. Others have talked about using exterior house paints and no seal coat.

    I have some cutouts that have lasted over 15 years using this basic process. I did learn that oil based polyurethane will yellow over time.

    I have three new cutouts this year. I learned that the pencil I used bleeds through the paints! This became a problem after my kid and I decided to change some stuff after tracing out the initial pattern. I'm going to try a different mounting approach. I want to use something that can be removed and reattached so I'm left with just the plywood for ease of storage. When I figure this out I will try to remember to post it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wood_guy View Post
    I'm going to try a different mounting approach. I want to use something that can be removed and reattached so I'm left with just the plywood for ease of storage. When I figure this out I will try to remember to post it.
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    I've decided to go with plywood, it's cheaper and easily accessible. When I get a few cut out in the next few weeks I'll put some pics up.


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    I have been very happy with 10mm white coro. I also have a large nativity scene that originally called for using plywood but I replaced with coro. For backing to the ground I use gray PVC over rebar. Then where there is white showing on the front of the coro I use white zip ties through the coro to the PVC. For most characters I only need two vertical PVC backers. I do not paint on coro but rather print to vinyl then place on the Coro. The images I print are traced in Inkscape so that I can scale to any size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonDuck View Post
    I have been very happy with 10mm white coro. I also have a large nativity scene that originally called for using plywood but I replaced with coro. For backing to the ground I use gray PVC over rebar. Then where there is white showing on the front of the coro I use white zip ties through the coro to the PVC. For most characters I only need two vertical PVC backers. I do not paint on coro but rather print to vinyl then place on the Coro. The images I print are traced in Inkscape so that I can scale to any size.
    Very cool idea with printing to vinyl. The only problem is that printing large characters would require a print shop and most won't do copyrighted images. Any photos?

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    Coro for me. Black with magnets to affix to metal garage door.
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    Take wood glue, mix 50/50 with water to paint your edges and it helps seal it immensely.

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    Default Re: Plywood or Coro cutouts?

    I don't have any pictures of the characters I did. However I'm working on some new ones for this year. The ones here are from the large nativity I mentioned. Never had any problems with wind either.

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