Scenic Painting and Paint Effects

Scenic painting and paint effects are a great finish to a prop display, creating that extra layer of realism.

A scenic paint effect is also a great substitute when the real material is proving too expensive (e.g. marble) or the logistics may seem too complex, and here at Spur we are able to recreate any effect whether it be marble, wood grain, concrete, metal, old mossy brickwork or high gloss finishes.


How we work 

Our paint effects can always be relied upon to create a sense of realism, whether its 5 metre high prop trees for Glyndebourne and the National Theatre,  or concrete blocks for Next retail displays.

Custom Paint Effects

We have a full stock of every paint imaginable, from water based acrylic paints to cellulose paints and two pack polyurethane paints, depending on the job, we know exactly which paint is suited to the specific paint effect required. We have a small 30 foot x 12 foot paint frame and so are able to paint cloths to order and to this size or smaller, which, we have found, is just the right size for stages on cruise ships and can accommodate most smaller venues. We also have a dedicated spray booth with a pressurised cellulose paint spray system and refrigerated drier which is for all high gloss, high quality precision paint finishes.

Concrete effects

We specialise in concrete effects and are often asked by retailers to make bespoke concrete plinths, walls and blocks, for example, for their seasonal displays. The industrial look of concrete can enhance a window display but the real thing is weighty, expensive and not at all practical so our lightweight versions are perfect for these settings. We have worked on concrete effects  for theatrical productions where real concrete just would not be light enough, but a designer wants authenticity to bring a production to life. We use paint effects to make faux bricks or concrete walls, plinths and urns, look old and decayed; we can make a fibreglass sculpture to look like real bronze and add a patina for that sense of realism. Paint effects are a good way to make a common or garden sheet of MDF look like a slab of marble, or a slate roof or wall of aged, mossy bricks. Anything that is seen in nature can be replicated with paint effects. Bronze horses for permanent display across many European Ralph Lauren stores. Giant sculpted head and feet for Aida Opera Royal Albert Hall, to look like real aged decaying monuments.

Chrome Effect

We have recently developed a paint effect that mimics a mid tone silver chrome and eliminates some of the volatility of using real chromes. We used our new chroming method to create two 7 foot high model ducks to be used for a cruise liner. Our new chroming “effect” (as opposed to using real chrome) meant that the props were able to withstand changing temperatures and harsh weather conditions.  

Examples of our work 

We were recently asked to make replica bricks for the Donmar Warehouse. These replicas needed to have the names of the theatre company’s sponsors carved into them. We made a mould of one of the original bricks, had the sponsor name cut into MDF panels, and bonded these to resin cast bricks which we textured to look exactly like the real thing. Finally we painted them, taking care to replicate the colour and finish of the original bricks, before mounting the replicas alongside their original counterparts. We have made many trees in the past, including 5 metre high trees for Glyndebourne Opera and The National Theatre, and for the O2 Arena, and the final process is always the paint effect which we have perfected over the years to bring the sculptures to life and give a sense of realism. Concrete effects and bricks are a staple of the scenic effect and we have also made lots of concrete effect pieces over the years including over 5000 podiums and plinths that were displayed in Next retail shops across the UK.

If you’d like to find out more about our special paint effects then call us today on 01892 890608.