Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:22 PM
Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:42 PM
You actually don't have to sand down your blasters before you paint them. You can if you want to. Some people say that it makes the paint adhere better, others don't (and still get great results, by the way). Before painting, you'll need to wash off each side of the shell after you have removed the internals. This is especially important if you acquired the blaster from a garage sale or thrift shop, because it will most likely have tons of kid's paw prints all over it. Even if it doesn't feel sticky or greasy, one should still wash the blaster to make sure that it doesn't have any grease or dirt. on it.
Alright I have been modding for a while now and I wanted to start painting some of my blasters. I know I have to sand everything down very well first, but any thing else that I have to do? has anyone used acrylic paint before? I know you will have to brush it on but will it work for a pistol? What do you use for detailing? do paint stores sell spraypaint to people under 18? where do you buy the right paint????
Once you have cleaned it, you can then decide what method you want to use to paint it and what kind of paint you want to use. I recommend you to use vinyl dye when you can, and don't use Krylon Fusion: it's not very good paint. Generally, the more that you spend on paint, the higher the quality is. I recommend vinyl dye because it soaks into plastic, hence making a much more permanent color.
I see that you are quite new to painting in general. I suggest that you do quite a bit of reading before painting, and once you have seen the techniques, start out with small simple projects that don't really matter if you mess them up. (One's first projects rarely look perfect.) There are many excellent guides on painting. Here are some.
Banshee's Guide to Painting: Part 1
Banshee's Guide to Painting: Part 2
Video example of how to spray paint This is from a large series of videos on how to build an Iron Man costume using Pepakura. I linked just to the part about the painting.
Edited by DartSlinger, 20 July 2013 - 10:47 PM.
Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:38 PM
Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:44 PM
Edited by ooontrprzes, 22 July 2013 - 11:38 PM.
Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:56 PM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:12 PM
If you need to go this route, just remember that a few extra seconds here and there going slowly will save you hours of cleanup when you mess up. Although that applies to everything in life. More specifically on acrylic: layers. You can kinda sorta get by without them with spray paint if you are going for the "melted" look, but it just isn't going to happen with acrylic. Sanding is needed for acrylics, or you will end up wiping off all the paint with your brush because the plastic is too smooth. Also, I personally (others may disagree) like to very lightly wipe down my guns with acetone pre-painting. When the acetone eats the plastic (and it will eat the plastic) it is almost like sanding and leaves a nice matte plastic base. Don't let acetone near a finished gun. And don't breathe the fumes in, etc. As for brushes, don't buy anything spendy, they won't help you paint better quite yet. Be patient with yourself and remember it is OKAY to mess up. Everyone's first paint job looked terrible.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:46 PM
Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:50 AM
As for brushes, don't buy anything spendy, they won't help you paint better quite yet. Be patient with yourself and remember it is OKAY to mess up. Everyone's first paint job looked terrible.
My only disagreement is with this statement. High quality brushes completely change the way the paint is applied. Synthetic (read: plastic) bristles do not interact correctly with the pigment as you apply it, and will lead to a more smudgy finish, and an exaggerated presence of brush stroke. This is not to say you must go out and buy the highest quality brushes available, but you would be well-served to at least be insistent about using sable or camel-hair brushes. Both can be acquired in most arts and crafts shops at a reasonable price, and the difference they will make is worth the marginal markup.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:27 AM
Wal-Mart does not sell spray paint (or any type of adhesive, for that matter) to people under the age of eighteen, but you're right about the quality of their spray paint. Krylon Fusion often splatters when spraying, and it dries with an orange peel texture.
I know Walmart sells paint to people under 18 but they don't have good quality spray paint.
Home Depot does not sell spray paint to people under eighteen either. I'm not sure about Lowes or Ace Hardware, but they at least sell adhesives to people under eighteen. (The chance that Lowes would sell spray paint to people under eighteen is less likely than Ace, because big box stores tend to cover their necks much more than small businesses.) The best place to get spray paint is auto parts stores. I have never been carded when buying spray paint or adhesives in any auto parts store. This does not necessarily mean that they sell to people under eighteen, because the people could have thought that I was eighteen or older, or they could have just been cool and ignored the rule, if such a rule exists. Anyway, there is a much, much higher chance that kids could just walk in buy spray paint with no questions asked, than in any other store. Also, the chances of someone being carded are significantly lowered if he looks like a respectable person—A.K.A. not like a stoner who is going to huff it.
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