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Color? [message #2332] Mon, 29 December 2008 22:51 UTC Go to next message
avatar WorkshopAlex  is currently offline WorkshopAlex
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I noticed one thing on this site: all models are nice and white. So I assume the printer isn't a color 3D printer? Very Happy
Well, okay... That would mean that I'd have to paint a model myself. Any advise about the best paints to use for the material of the model?
Re: Color? [message #2333 is a reply to message #2332 ] Mon, 29 December 2008 23:18 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Whystler  is currently offline Whystler
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I had some really awesome results with RIT fabric dye. It comes in all colours. A word to the wise ... do a few tests on some small cheap pieces.

I used a quarter packet mixed in 2 cups of kettle boiled water. The best results came from a 1/4 packet of dye mixed in 2 cups of hot water (from the kettle), and I dunked the small items in for 5-10 seconds only. Any more than that and the purple I used showed up almost black.

Do your own tests, and I think you will like the dye method. It soaks in, so it wont chip off like paint.

-Whystler


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Re: Color? [message #2336 is a reply to message #2333 ] Tue, 30 December 2008 01:42 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar bvicarious  is currently offline bvicarious
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For painting, I've found that plastikote spray primer adheres well, as does krylon crystal clear and krylon fusion and regular spraypaints. For transparent detail at least, I had to do many coats of krylon before the surface texture was covered and it became smooth, so I recommend priming first.

Whystler, which materials did you try dying, strong/white/flexible? Any idea how the detail materials handle it?


Re: Color? [message #2340 is a reply to message #2336 ] Tue, 30 December 2008 15:33 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Whystler  is currently offline Whystler
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Hey Bvicarious,

I died cream robust, white detail, transparent detail, and SWF.

The SWF took the dye most deeply, and the cream robust took it most lightly.

I used purple RIT dye.

On the first try, I actually boiled the dye bath on the stove and kept it boiling while dunking the pieces for 2 minutes. The result was:

-cream robust nice purple
-white detail black
-transparent detail black
-SWF black

I tried various other tests, until my final try, which used only hot water from a kettle. I did not keep this dye boiling on the stove. It sat in a plastic cup on the counter and had hot water in it only. In this final test, I dunked the items for 5 seconds only! And this was the result:

-transparent detail nice dark purple
-white detail nice dark purple
-SWF nice purple

I assume the results will vary depending on the colour and size.. for example, I used very small test models, and a baby blue will probably have slightly different results Smile

-Whystler

[Updated on: Tue, 30 December 2008 15:35 UTC]


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