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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 6:13 a.m. PST

Based on this admonition, what do you wear? This is more of a mode question than a fashion one … if you just came home from work/church/dinner out, etc. do you change first? Are there specific clothes you wear because you don't care if they get paint on them? That kind of thing …

Top Hat and Tails/Formal Gown
Whatever I Was Wearing When I Get a Minute Free to Paint
Regular Casual Clothes
My Lucky Smock/Apron/Painting Shirt
Buck Nekkid, Except My Multi-Ocular Headset
Something Else..?

For me, its my typical around-the-house casual – jeans and a flannel shirt. This is also my gardening, yardwork, and honey-do/handyman outfit.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 6:20 a.m. PST

Sometimes, like this morning, buck nekkid, but usually I wear clothes that are dedicated painting clothes. I have about a dozen t-shirts of which I wear about 6 on a regular basis. Three pairs of shorts and about 5 pairs of athletic pants.

I have three dedicated painting sweaters.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 6:43 a.m. PST

Underwear, like last night or in the morning, shorts, shorts and a tee. If it's cold I dress warmer.

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 6:44 a.m. PST

Whatever I happen to have on at the time. I never dress for painting.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member19 Oct 2016 7:13 a.m. PST

I usually just make sure I'm not wearing good pants, it's always the pants that take the hit when things go wrong.

Who asked this joker Inactive Member19 Oct 2016 7:24 a.m. PST

Casual. Sometimes PJs.

Thomas O19 Oct 2016 7:24 a.m. PST

Nothing to nice, since I have been know to get a "little" paint and ink on my clothes every now and again.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 7:29 a.m. PST

An old dressing gown. Sometimes over day clothes to protect the clothes, sometimes (when it's hot) just the dressing gown.


GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member19 Oct 2016 7:29 a.m. PST

My wife gets upset if I come in from work then get paint on my good shirts, so I would usually change into '2nd tier' clothing if I'm doing anything that could be considered shirt wrecking.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 7:33 a.m. PST

Old jeans and an old T-shirt. Sometimes sweat pants.

Sho Boki19 Oct 2016 7:35 a.m. PST

Tuxedo or nothing.

Rich Bliss19 Oct 2016 7:35 a.m. PST

Whatever. If it's going to be an especially messy project (Terran, e.g.) then I'll put on a older t-shirt and jeans.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian19 Oct 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

A well worn and precious apron that was a birthday present from my now deceased niece. Every time I put it on I think of her.

In the colder months I wear an old golfing top/jacket that used to belong to my father, similarly, I think of him every time I put it on.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 7:48 a.m. PST

Jeans and a T-shirt unless I will be airbrushing; then I throw on an old thin flannel shirt. Flannel is a dust magnet and it helps keep the dust on me and not on the project in the spray booth.

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 8:16 a.m. PST

I have a pair of swim trunks and a pair of ratty jeans depending on the season, plenty of ratty t shirts

Jamesonsafari Inactive Member19 Oct 2016 8:39 a.m. PST

Something I don't mind risking getting paint on and no dragging sleeves. So I don't paint in PJs and housecoat

Moonbeast Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 8:42 a.m. PST

No, I only paint figures while dressed as a mime or a clown. All of those freaky clown sightings in the woods, me collecting basing material. I often forget to change before going out.-From the other painting topic.

Or if I'm feeling especially freaky, some old cargo shorts and an old T-shirt. Pretty much year round. You can do that in the desert.

wrgmr119 Oct 2016 8:50 a.m. PST

Whatever I happen to be wearing at the time.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 8:56 a.m. PST

Sweat pants and sometimes a t-shirt. If it gets really cold a sweater too.

So my sweat pants are covered with paint, glue and mud from the dogs. The are often quite holy too as puppies bite and dog yard fencing takes it's toll

jefritrout19 Oct 2016 9:09 a.m. PST

Painting in the house. Whatever I have on at the time. If I come home from working wearing work clothes, I keep them on.

Painting the house, then I change to ratty jean shorts and a t-shirt from 1987 that has lots of different colors of paint splattered on it.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 9:25 a.m. PST

Whatever I'm wearing at the time, t-shirt, sweater, tracksuit, chainmail, plate, uniform, EVA, lingerie, Angelina Jolie's original catsuit from Tomb Raider …

Erm, just ignore the last few ones !

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

Since I never wear a suit or anything else that might be classified as "good clothes", I wear whatever I'm wearing at the time. Medical scrubs pants (the ones with lots of pockets) and a t-shirt are my preferred at-home attire.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 9:58 a.m. PST

Usually my "painting" sweats and an old t-shirt, especially if I am priming or doing washes.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 10:00 a.m. PST

Gym shorts, convention t-shirt.

KSmyth19 Oct 2016 10:23 a.m. PST

Whatever. Just painting, not a formal occasion. I tend to dress casually whenever possible. After doing this painting thing for the better part of 45 years, I've found ways not spill 99.9% of the time.

Moe the Great19 Oct 2016 10:23 a.m. PST

Usually Jeans and a shirt I have used while painting before. Since It already has paint on it.

Oberlindes Sol LIC19 Oct 2016 11:10 a.m. PST

I do quite a bit of spray painting, so paint definitely is going to get on my clothes, and I've always had a set of old and comfortable clothes for painting. Right now, it's a pair of black cotton pants, an old tshirt from some forgotten trade show, an old long-sleeved polo shirt if it's a cool day, and even an old pair of boat shoes, just in case.

I'll put on my painting clothes whether I'm doing any spray work that day or not.

I also wear goggles, a disposable mask, and disposable gloves (100 for $1 USD at the dollar store -- I think they're made of cellulose; made in China) when I'm spray painting.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 11:16 a.m. PST

Jeans & t-shirt. Could be jeans & short-sleeved shirt or (in season)expendable sweatshirt and apron. Never the good "Sunday go to meeting" clothes. Doing that sort of thing just draws accidents. It's like putting your really good high-morale troops too close to the board edge.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 11:22 a.m. PST

T-shirt and shorts, which is generally what I wear at any given time.

If you want to know more than that, it's 1.99 a minute.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 11:45 a.m. PST

A Smile?…I wish!

14Bore19 Oct 2016 11:55 a.m. PST

Whatever I have on, have spilled paint or hit good shirts withthe brush and didn't notice at the time.

Private Matter19 Oct 2016 1:04 p.m. PST

I paint in whatever I happen to have on at the moment I get the free time to paint. I have, however, been trying to get wife to paint naked for years but to no avail. Heck, I can't even get her to paint.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Oct 2016 5:28 p.m. PST

Something I don't mind having paint stain, usually a long sleeve T and jeans/khakis.

Glengarry519 Oct 2016 5:57 p.m. PST

Whatever I have on at the time. I take great pride in the fact I no longer spatter myself with paint, unlike when I first began painting miniatures some forty years ago!

jwebster19 Oct 2016 7:56 p.m. PST

It's like asking a Scotsman what he wears under his kilt :)

T-shirt and shorts, which is generally what I wear at any given time



Henry Martini19 Oct 2016 8:06 p.m. PST

Artist's smock, beret, and fake Van Dyke beard and moustache (as sported by the majority of fake Van Dykes); this is serious art, after all.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 9:08 p.m. PST

Strictly black tie formal wear!

Chuckaroobob19 Oct 2016 10:15 p.m. PST

Since I live in shorts and t shirts, that's what I wear while painting.

tkdguy19 Oct 2016 11:55 p.m. PST

My Star Trek uniform, complete with Vulcan ears.

tomrommel120 Oct 2016 6:19 a.m. PST

An apron over what I happen to wear on that day

Moe the Great20 Oct 2016 6:23 a.m. PST

A painters apron… I never thought of that. A smart idea.

Old Wolfman20 Oct 2016 7:22 a.m. PST

Shorts,socks,slippers,sometimes work pants,T-shirt.

CeruLucifus20 Oct 2016 9:21 p.m. PST

I have some old black t-shirts I keep with painting stuff to use as a smock. My regular is for a radio station who's logo is a paint splat.

Generally I'm not doing enough that I worry about what pants to wear as long as it's not my work slacks.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Oct 2016 10:27 p.m. PST

Waiting for the first honest response: Diapers.

OR: The wife's undies.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Oct 2016 10:29 p.m. PST

Full military Highland dress, c. 1914. Scarlet doublet, kilt, feather bonnet, officer's dirk, spats… and the regimental mascot standing by to support my claret service.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Oct 2016 10:30 p.m. PST

White lab coat.

Evil Scary Clown costume.

uThulwana regimental regalia.

Rod I Robertson Inactive Member20 Oct 2016 11:33 p.m. PST

Clothes and paint.

AICUSV26 Oct 2016 1:25 p.m. PST

Chanel no. 5

Zephyr126 Oct 2016 2:32 p.m. PST

A woman once asked a famous artist if he would paint her in the nude.
He said "Yes, but I'll have to wear a sock. I need some place to keep the brushes."

(Yes, it's a very old joke… ;-)

Volleyfire27 Oct 2016 12:41 p.m. PST

A mankini. And a hat, a gentleman is never properly dressed without a hat. If it's cold, a scarf as well.

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