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Dark Knight

Registered: 03-2012
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New product to paint urethane (and other material) TDK belts


A few years ago I got an awesome urethane belt which was made in the traditional way of dusting the mould before pouring the urethane. I have been wearing the belt with my suit, because it was too awesome not to, but the gold finish on it has worn off to a point where certain parts like the buckle were almost totally black.

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I have done a ton of experimenting and reading on ways to paint urethane, but they are delicate, as the urethane flexes and there is not much that will withstand that and still give a convincing metallic finish. So I set about inventing something new that will. So what I have come up with is a four part system in palette form, which consists of a metallic base, black for the dial, silver for the screws and strips and a clear coat which acts as a sealer, which you can apply in one coat and hardly see, or keep building up coats and get a gloss.

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The base is made of a mixture of several real metallic powders, pure pigments and mica's, in a flexible plastic medium. You apply 99% isopropyl alcohol to the colour in the palette, which dissolves the surface of the colour, then using a small brush, you pick up the dissolved colour, and brush it on to the urethane. When this dries, you can apply another coat, until you get the coverage you want. It looks like real metal, because it is, only the plastic medium binds it together and adheres it to the surface.

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The best part is that it is incredibly resistant to wear, totally waterproof and if you need to, you can touch it up, or use isopropyl alcohol to remove it.

The clear coat may also work as a way to seal the original metallic finish, but I don't have anything to test that theory on at the moment.

Anyway, I am half way through doing my belt and I am very happy with the result, so I might package some up to offer to other TDK builders, but before I put in the effort, I wanted to see if it is the sort of thing anyone else might be interested in. I would supply it as the palette, three brushes for the different parts, and a small bottle to apply isopropyl alcohol from, but you would need to buy the isopropyl alcohol locally as it can't be shipped.

If anyone is interested, please email me at info@mycollection.co.nz and I will let you know when it is ready to go in to production. I don't have a timeframe yet.

Cheers
Kev

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Oracle

Registered: 08-2005
Location: Gotham
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Re: New product to paint urethane (and other material) TDK belts


Great invention, result looks very nice! I would be interested to try this with the silver pigment because I have a black belt that I wanted in silver.

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