Published byDigitizdSoldier on 2008-05-22 Category: Beginners Guides | Page Views: 39122
Ok so hereís how I paint all my consoles. Itís pretty straight forward and a little strange but its some things Iíve learned. Itís horrible to see a nice coat of paint and then you spray on another and the paint cracks, has happened to me luckily it gave a rather nice effect. So hopefully you find this helpful, The best paints to use are most paints that you find at Auto Car parts stores the selection is limited at least in my area but the paints are worth it and they last ( they are quite expensive I pay $11.00 for a can ). Well letís get started,
Things youíre going to need
1.Paint of your choice
2.Primer ( I go with whatever color I need to achieve the desired effect I want the darker your primer the darker your paint is going to be so choose your primer wisely )
4.Painters tape (if you going to be masking off a design or it your painting the case multiple colors.)
5.Respirator ( you know the little white thing that goes on your face)
6.Clear Acrylic ( I donít get my clear unless its acrylic if it doesnít have Acrylic on the can most times it yellows you can get this off with light sanding but it saves me a little time if I donít have to)
7.Sand paper 400, 600, 800, 1500, and 2000 Grit make sure itís wet/dry
8.A dishwasher ( ill explain in a sec)
Step 1 Sanding
You want to sand you console very well to get rid of any imperfections that will stick out after you have painted your console. A small piece of plastic can ruin a perfect paint job.
1.Start by roughly sanding your console with the 400 grit it will look like crap but hang in there
2.Next comes the 600 grit ok so now itís looking a little better but still looks like crap
3.Now youíre going to use the 800 grit ok so it looks a lot better than the 400 but it still look a little rough and my arm is starting to hurt ( take breaks)
4.Finally youíre going to use the 1500 Grit this takes the longest and is the worst part of sanding but is necessary for a nice uniform look.
Step 2 Washing
Ok this is where the Dishwasher comes into play. Place all your parts in the dishwasher no soap and donít throw it in there with all the dishes either it should be the only thing in there and on the bottom rack. Set it for the lowest heat setting you can then go watch some TV or something. When the Dish washer has run it cycle take your console out on let it air dry.
Step 3 Primer
Now when it comes to primer I put on 2 coats with light wet sanding (donít sand to hard or youíll just remove the paint) between coats with 1500 Grit sandpaper. So it will go something like this,
1.Apply first coat allow at least 45 minutes of drying time
2.Light wet sanding and let dry ( I use a hair dryer to speed this process)
3.Apply second coat and let dry as before
Step 4 The Paint
I always use three coats of paint, but you can get away with two if it looks uniform. I follow the same steps for the paint as I do the primer.
(Yeah I know I got lazy)
Step 5 Clear Acrylic
This is the most important step in painting you console it is what give the paint that something extra. You could do a perfect job painting and mess up on the clear and it turns the console to crap. This is where all the little imperfections come out and become really noticeable. For clear I use three coats no more no less. Itís the same story as with the primer and the paint except you donít sand the last coat I do this to avoid having to buff my console with wax as I have no clue how and I donít have a need to learn ( just lazy). There is an exception here as you use the 2000 Grit sand paper. After your done I would let the paint cure over night as a minimum but if you can wait a day or two I give the paint time to fully harden.
A couple of tips make sure your painting in a clean dry place, because if itís dirty you can get dust and dirt in the paint and it gets very irritating and also look crappy and if thereís moisture in the air it can make you drying times longer.
Be aware of your overspray this is really more of a factor when youíre doing multiple colors but can also save you some headache with one color to.
When you sand be sure youíre not sanding to hard especially when sanding the paint remember this is just to even things out not to remove the paint.
Now you have a freshly painted console and hopefully all your friend envy you console compared to their plain white plastic. Well hopefully this helped you and your staring at a perfectly painted console just remember as with any mod painting takes a lot of patience and time. If you have any question just let me know.