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Best Material for Painting [message #18126] Tue, 21 September 2010 16:04 UTC Go to next message
avatar RockoRobotics  is currently offline RockoRobotics
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Hello,

I'm using shapeways to produce a series of 'Greens' that will later be used to produce a line of pewter figures for a tabletop game I'm making.

The first batch of prototype figures I ordered was made from the White, Strong, and Flexible material. While I was able paint up these figures using a line of tabletop war game paints(see attached picture), the flat armor surfaces were somewhat bumpy. This made painting the figures a little more annoying then a typical game figure.(Its tolerable though)

I was considering ordering some made in the White Detail material since this material is rated as smoother then then the White, Strong, and Flexible, but I wanted to get some feedback from people who have used this material before I pay twice the price of the WSF material.

Also, is there something special I can do to reduce the bumpiness on my flat armor surfaces?

Edit: I just wanted to clarify one thing: Bumpy is not the best word. The surface is just rough enough to make it difficult to apply paint.

[Updated on: Tue, 21 September 2010 16:24 UTC]

Re: Best Material for Painting [message #18127 is a reply to message #18126 ] Tue, 21 September 2010 17:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Drawn-SteelHero  is currently offline Drawn-SteelHero
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I actually find WSF really good for painting; I tend to apply a thinned coat of paint first to 'stain' the piece (letting the paint soak into the plastic), then applying a slightly thicker coat or two on top. The thicker coats (plus a topcoat of varnish) enrich the colour, and also help to smooth out the bumps.

But yeah, for a static piece like you're printing, Detail ought to work just fine. Probably a good idea to wash the piece first with a little warm water and detergent to get rid of any support material, then let it air dry.
But that's good advice when you're painting almost any model.
For the record, I haven't actually had any Detail models printed myself yet; this advice is based on what others have said about the material, and my own painting experience.
Your ships look really cool, by the way. Wink

Andy

[Updated on: Tue, 21 September 2010 17:18 UTC]

Re: Best Material for Painting [message #18157 is a reply to message #18127 ] Wed, 22 September 2010 16:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar RockoRobotics  is currently offline RockoRobotics
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Thanks for the information. Since I was going to order two sets of my figures anyway, I'll order one in WSF and the other in White Detail and find out which one is better.


Re: Best Material for Painting [message #18582 is a reply to message #18126 ] Thu, 30 September 2010 11:01 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar oseven  is currently offline oseven
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Please keep us posted Smile
I was wondering the same thing, for the thing I have in mind I need the detail material but not sure if I can paint it.

Richard
Re: Best Material for Painting [message #18585 is a reply to message #18582 ] Thu, 30 September 2010 16:09 UTC Go to previous message
avatar fx2  is currently offline fx2
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Tamiya acrylic paint worked well for me on detail material...

 
   
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