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Painting Resin.


Hey all,

I just picked up a set of fins that will have to be painted at some point, and I'm simply wondering what type of paint will look best and hold up for more than a night or two.

thanks.

Shesmu

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Re: Painting Resin?


Start by making sure all the parts are clean, washed in some type of de-greaser and soaked over night.
Next get a bottle of self etching primer a lightly coat the resin. Wait about 15-30 min and then prime with an automotive primer. Let dry for a day or more. After that check for imperfections sand a reprime. After you get a good coat of primer down clear coat the part to seal in the primer and let it dry another day. On top of the new clearcoat reprime, after paint is dry spray your base coat, let dry and then clear coat. For my belt I used rustoleum paints but I heard Krylon for plastics works great as well.


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Whenever I make my GL rings, I pull them from the mold, let them finish curing for a few hours, then paint them up with acrylic paint. No sanding or priming :lol

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this is not complicated at all and should only take a few hours and not days.

Krylon primer and Krylon black is the easiest way to go.
You don't need automotive primer and you don't need clear coats.

Clean and sand the pieces.
Prime them. Look for imperfection and fill in or sand down as needed.
If necessary,give it another thin coat of primer.
Primer dries wicked fast,in less then an hour. Use a hair dryer it dries even faster.

I would suggest flat black for fins. Two good coats is all you need,unless you feel more comfortable with a third coat,but really isn't necessary.

Let it dry and you're done.

After this,if you want you can take fine grit steel wool and buff it up for sheen,but not a shine. They shouldn't be shiny,but they're not ultra-flat either. Fine grit wet sanding will do this too,but I'm partial to steel wool.

You don't need any clear coats for these,and that will only make a mess anyway.
If you do feel like you want something on there,use car wax. Wax on;wax off.

Now you're really more done than before,but you don't really have to do this.

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hows the durability on the ones with out clear on them? ive been working with resin for years now and found the only to prepare these parts is like they do in a body shop? its only a few hours of work just let your coats dry.
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Plasti Dip spray would look and protect better than paint and needs no primer.




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Plasti will stick to resin?
I mean I know its wondrous stuff, but I've only used it on latex. Just want to make sure i do it right, I don't want to ruin a set of Uncle Ed's fins.


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Yes, and very well. The arm and elbow guards in the pic are also epoxy (resin)-coated Kevlar.

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hows the durability on the ones with out clear on them? ive been working with resin for years now and found the only to prepare these parts is like they do in a body shop? its only a few hours of work just let your coats dry.


The thing is,there isn't much 'durability' you need to worry about. It's a costume.
You wear it to parties or appearances and not to fight crime.
Painting resin fins,or a resin garage kit is totally different than what goes on in a car body shop.
Cars are generally fiberglass or metal anyway.

Your car needs to be protected from the elements,small stones on the road,possibly hail,and things like that. The paint job on a car is much more involved,and it should be.

When you're talking about painting model cars,or similar things,you don't need to worry about these things.
Prime it,paint it,wax it,put it in a protective display case,and voila,nothing will ever happen to it.

It always amazes me the steps people will go to 'protect the paint',but I can never figure out what they're protecting it from,or these long,drawn out processes to accomplish the simplest of things.

Nothing complicated about painting resin fins. :wink

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We're painting fins I thought we were doing a belt. I like the clears because of the protection and I don't have to worry about having paint rub off on my costume. I use clear coat on my models too. Elements I'm worried about are greasy fingers and dust and is a lot easier to clean with clears on it but when I did my fins on my gaunlets yes all I did was paint...

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