Air Stockings: Spray-on Pantyhose

Status: Strange (but real) product
image This product came out in Japan in 2003, and in America in 2004. The idea behind it is simple. It's a "unique blend of hydrolyzed silk proteins and specially formulated foundation" that you spray on your legs to "recreate the even look of silk hose, without all the hassle. Never worry about runs or tears again!" In other words, it's pseudo-pantyhose. In a July 2004 article in the Houston Chronicle, Liz Embry wrote:
With a pioneering spirit, a colleague and I went under the can. Application was easy. But when I stared down at my freshly sprayed legs, the Barbie-like plastic shine of my legs looked unnatural. Gone were razor nicks and discolorations, and my co-worker's freckles had vanished under a veil of hose. Minutes after application, the product dried, and the sheen was gone. The end result was a matte finish that looked remarkably like pantyhose. We hit a nearby coffee shop to take our freshly shellacked legs for a spin. The man behind the counter asked if we were lawyers - I guess we had that polished, professional look. It must have been the faux hose. We sat outside and sipped our coffee in the Houston humidity. Though the product didn't streak or sweat off, we both noticed that the Air Stockings felt somewhat sticky in the warm, thick air.
My first thought was what it would look like on other parts of the body. Could bank robbers conceal their identity by spraying it on their face? Would it hide a five o'clock shadow? Or could you use it as temporary wall paint? It sounds like the kind of stuff that hobbyists must have found other uses for. It's available for purchase here or here or here. (Thanks to Kathy for the link.)

Body Manipulation

Posted on Mon Jun 12, 2006


That stuff was featured in an episode of CSI: New York recently, (recently for us, at least).
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  05:55 PM
ok but...what's the use? I mean, I wear pantyhose when it's cold, not to make my legs look good...and spraying seems more work than just putting on pantyhose, in my opinion..
Posted by StarLizard  in  Quebec, Canada  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  08:18 PM
And can we still use our teeth to pull them off our girlfriend's legs? Eh?
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  12:53 AM
Damnit, mouse, that's what I was going to post.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  04:04 AM
My grandmother had this weird foam stuff that was similar to this. Of course, she had it in like the 70s/80s sometime. B/c the can looked WAY old when I was a kid.

It was brown...and reminded me of tan-in-a-can, but you could wash it off at night.

I wear panty-hose b/c it's fancy & hides scars, uneven tones, & bumps. I haven't worn panty hose, though, in a few years. Flip flops & capris rule here.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  09:49 AM
Not too unlike the old trick during WWII with the "seam" down the back of the leg with an eyeliner.
Posted by RichD  in  Martigues, France  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  12:19 PM
That was my first thought, RichD. I can remember a newsreel showing women getting their 'seam' drawn because of the scarcity of silk, used to make parachutes.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  02:54 PM
Back in college, I remember drawing on a couple of seams for a (male) friend during a party. (In Texas, everybody wears shorts in the summer). He was too drunk to notice until the next day, when he wondered why so many construction workers whistled at him.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Mustang Island, Texas, USA  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  07:03 PM
Pantyhose are available in a wide range of popular styles. The sheerness of the garment, expressed as a numerical 'denier'/'dtex', ranges from 3 (extremely rare, very thin, barely visible) to 15 (standard sheer) up to 30 (semi opaque) until 70 (opaque).
Posted by Eugene  in  New York  on  Sun Jul 22, 2007  at  03:49 AM
I have been using this prodoct since 2005 and i really love it especial in summer time. It does work.
Posted by Anna  in  California  on  Thu Jul 01, 2010  at  03:52 PM
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