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Paintable? [message #52178] Tue, 31 July 2012 23:48 UTC Go to next message
avatar patmat2350  is currently offline patmat2350
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I was about to push the button on a big order for White Detail... then noticed in one place (only in one place, the Compare Materials page), White Detail is described as having a "waxy" surface.

I need to paint my parts... can anyone confirm that White Detail happily accepts enamel paints?

Re: Paintable? [message #52186 is a reply to message #52178 ] Wed, 01 August 2012 08:38 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stop4stuff  is currently offline stop4stuff
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White detail has a wax like feel to it rather than a wax surface. There may be some residue of the gel support material on the surface, but this can be cleaned off by letting the model stand in a mild and warm NaOH solution (aka lye, draino, caustic soda) followed brushing with a soft paintbrsh under running water, repeat as needed.

I've not tried painting Whie Detail, but it should behave like any other acrylic plastic, so I imagine a coat of primer before the enamels would be ok, it's fine for Shapeways Frosted Ultra Detail.

[Updated on: Wed, 01 August 2012 08:39 UTC]

Re: Paintable? [message #52188 is a reply to message #52186 ] Wed, 01 August 2012 09:02 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Dragoman  is currently offline Dragoman
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I have painted White and Black Detail. If you clean and prime it properly it is no problem.

Karl Heinz

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