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irishserb10 Jul 2019 5:15 p.m. PST

Any tricks to priming or painting this stuff?

Every now and then, I've read where people claim that paint wouldn't dry or attacked a Shapeways model, but I can never determine which material their items were printed in.

Anyway, I appreciate any advice, warnings, or suggestions.


stephen m10 Jul 2019 6:38 p.m. PST

Yes please. I work in enamels so is that a go or bad? Thank you in advance.

TheWhiteDog10 Jul 2019 6:44 p.m. PST

I use there FUD and FXD materials exclusively. I always give the models a 5 minute bath in 97% rubbing alcohol, then rinse with cold water. I spray-prime with Rust-Oleum Camo Black, which is a super flat finish.

I've never had a single problem, and I have northwards of $10 USDk in Shapeways products.

Sgt Slag11 Jul 2019 9:46 a.m. PST

Never had an issue, but I own only a few models, of their least expensive plastic. I painted mine with the cheap Wal-Mart gray automotive, sandable, spray primer. I then painted them with acrylic craft paints. No issues, 5+ years on. Cheers!

irishserb13 Jul 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

Thanks guys.

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