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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:37 pm    Post subject: Painting a pedal with model paint Reply with quote

Has anyone ever painted a pedal with hobby model paint as in Testors paint? The dilemma I have is that I live in Chicago where it is illegal to sell spray paint in the vicinity of the city. I used to put model cars together as a kid and I recall the painting coming out fairly well. What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once painted a pedal with enamel hobby paint. It didn't turn out too good.....but then I'm no Picasso with a paint brush either!

I don't recall the brand but it was some good UK made stuff, I still have a heap of colors somewhere.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're talking about the rattle can testors stuff, then you should he great. If you're talking about the brush on stuff, it can be done well, just make sure to get enough on, the wet sand the strokes out and make it flat, then polish, have a friend buff it or whatever. What are you using for primer?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah enamel paints work fine on pedals.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can't buy spray paint in chicago? i thought things were bad here. they just keep it locked up and card you if you want to buy any. although i recently found you can't buy aniline dyes in the state of california. i was gonna use it to do a sunburst finish. i guess i'll have to get some next time i'm in nevada.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up being able to catch a ride to the suburbs and I was able to score a sweet key lime green. I'll post pictures after I wet-sand it.
Yeah, they banned spray paint in the city of chicago a number of years ago, so its pretty shitty for anyone who doesn't paint graffiti.
I just used Krylon Primer.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's fucking thug life for you.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enamels are awful paints. I never, ever use enamels. You're better off laying down an acrylic primer, car primer works best, and using acrylics instead. It depends how complicated your design is, though. If you're just painting things like "tone, volume" and stuff, then stick to enamels. But some sort of full design all over a metal case will need acrylics covered in a gloss/satin/matt coat. When enamels chip, they chip bad.

Also: HATE TESTORS.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
Enamels are awful paints. I never, ever use enamels. You're better off laying down an acrylic primer, car primer works best, and using acrylics instead.


+1. Enamels are horrible to work with because they take forever to dry, especially in cold weather. Acrylics are lovely. Find some waterbased if you can find some. I vouch for EK, car paint works as well, but if you must use enamels, Krylons are cheap and work fine, but may take longer to dry in cold weather. Also, make sure you get a clearcoat with the same material base (acrylic paint to acrylic clear) or you may get a weird funky texture. You don't need to prime and sand, but I like to because it gives your paints a nice smooth look.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and stay away from "Chrome" colored paints. They mess up as soon as you touch them and react badly with clearcoats most of the time. If you want that "Metal" look, just clearcoat the box or use a metallic silver instead.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used Rustoeum spray paint on a few pedals and they chip pretty easy. Nothing beats powder coating.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice roachello
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Order the spray cans through the internet, I doubt anyone will notice.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JSutter wrote:
I used Rustoeum spray paint on a few pedals and they chip pretty easy. Nothing beats powder coating.


You've powder coated a pedal before? Do tell! I've forever been fascinated with powder coating!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to see a pedal finished in one of those "suede effect" sprays from Plasti-Kote. That would be awesome.
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