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  • Re: Sanding ABS plastic before hydro dipping?

    Yes I know, but I was not sure about the situation where we have a hydro film on a raw plastic surface and nothing more, I mean, how will it look in the clear sections of the model, still a faded color? and if so, will a clear coat fix it, considering there's a hydro film coat after that, after the very porous surface "the coarse abs plastic that we sanded", please be more specific, so I get this clear
    The areas where there is no image, there will be no film either. that is the component that washes away after the dip. The clear will fill in, it will be black. If you want to test, spray it with water, what color does it turn... clear is the same thing.
    The film that I am going to use is that known model of the cannabis leaf, black background and green and bright leafs. So then should it be applied on a white surface? I really don't know, my future tests would discover it, since I was planning trying with both colors, black and white, give it a look and tell me
    Take a piece of colored paper and stick it under the print. If it looks better with white paper, then you have your answer... It needs to be painted white. If it looks fine with black, then try it out. But DO NOT use any aerosol paints from a store, THEY DO NOT WORK.
    If I have it done in the first try, I won't really be surprised, it would be logic because I took my time studying in my head the process, I mean, taking my time, not like those users that are not very confident to it and do it anyway, and then obviously they get a bad result, thing that I don't want to happen and for that reason I am being analytic as much as possible to it.
    Trust me, MANY people have gotten this to work on their first try... and don't know how damn lucky they got. And some can't get it to work after 20 tries, even though they are following the steps they think they need too. Study all you want, this process is gonna kick your **badword** over and over. I spent 20 years in a production painting environment, and there still was a steep learning curve to this. Good luck to you, you are gonna need it.
  • Re: K2 Hydrographics "Pressure Pots" Opinion

    As your skills improve and your attention to the film gets better, you should CONSTANTLY be messing with your guns. Higher air pressure turns your material into a finer mist, but wastes material in overspray... Its a cheat for inexperience. As you learn to watch your parts and see the film build or read your film on the water, you should be able to turn down your air and save money, and be more efficient. This is true with all guns, if you are spraying activator, paint, primer, or clear.
  • Re: Exhaust Fan

    All depends on how fancy you are getting. If you are planning on making a business out of this, I suggest checking into the local regulations, and having some of this done for you. Sharing an exhaust fan would have to be 2 staged or you would have to switch between the two. You would hate to have your booth shut down waiting for someone to finish dipping when there is a hot project.
  • Re: New Business Need Help

    I would be in my truck heading to their house right now. You don't have a complete box there, and they are screwing you my friend.
  • Re: OHW by the quart

    @NightinGale Might be a wash. The cup uses up some paint, the gun wastes a little, the stick you stir with... But if you are down to that level you have your process dialed in pretty tight...