FIRST AND FORMOST, YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, YOU F*** UP, YOUR FAULT NOT MINE
alrite, i got tired of seeing postes on how to paint a hopper
blahblahblah, so i'ma do a simple yet efficient write up on how to paint damn well near anything plastic.
first step is gather the materials you will need.
i'm using a pod just as an example, i have clear coat, paint, the pod, and light grit sand paper.
ALMOST ANY PAINT WILL DO. I choose automotive type paints over household paint mainly because i believe they have a greater resistance againest the elements.
: the sand paper jus looks like grey paper, that's how light it should be, When u feel it there is a SLIGHT bit of roughness to it but not enough to cause damage to human skin with rough scraping. If you buy sand paper that can cause those white marks on your skin with a few rubs, too heavy, grab something lighter. The reason:
spray paint is thinner than paint from a store that you use a spray gun to shoot. So since it's thinner, it will have a bad time filling up those deep scratches that heavy sand paper causes.
OK, so now u got the stuff, start sanding. SAND EVERYTHING YOU INTEND TO PAINT. After your done, wash it and dry it, it should look like this
CLOUDY, if it's not cloudy lookin continue to sand until it is.
: Wet sanding is another way of sanding your stuff down. If your not afraid to get water on whatever it is your sanding down, wet sanding is probaly the best thing you can do. Simply take the sand paper your going to use cut it into 4 squares and let it sit in water. Then begin to sand, when the paper seems to be clogged, rinse it in the water and sand again. This DRAMATICALLY raises the life of sand paper.
ok now your done sanding and everything. Time for paint eh??? not really. First off, wash the hopper
, or pod in this case, down really good with soap and water. Then dry it off and use some rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab or something to make sure the surface is super dry.
NOW IT TIME FOR PAINT.
keeping the can atleast 6 to 8 inches away from the hopper
, continuously moving your spraying hand. It's best to start spraying away from the hopper
and bring the can in for a swooping coat of color quickly. Do this until the hopper
is thinnly covered in color.
if you look carefully you can still see thru some of the paint, that's what i mean by a THIN coat
let it dry for about 15min and re-do
Now continue to do this until your satisfied with how the color has come out. The more coats, the richer the color. Of course this will vary depending upon paint and color, but you get the point.
Now, your ready for clear coat, after the last coat has set for a good 20-30 minutes
(not 15min) head in with clear coat and do it just like you wuold with paint. Swooping colors starting the spray AWAY from the hopper
and coming in for a light coat. You can be a little more generous with clear though since it's clear and a TAD bit thicker, it'll have a tendency to grab better and not run so eaisly, but better safe than sorry. Thin coats FTW.
when your done it should be nice and shiney like this
that was after only 2 coats, but i do reccomend more if you want the color to be protected from the elements
let the thing sit and dry for ATLEAST 8 HOURS
otherwise the soft paint underneath will deform and you'll get wrinkles and stuff.