Beginners Guide to Painting!

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Beginners Guide to Painting!

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Hi everyone! :D

Well, lots of people keep asking me and PM'img me re painting tips etc so I decided that I would make a small, easy to understand guide to painting! :D

Now, this is the disclaimer part! I am NOT a professional painter by trade etc this is just what I have learnt over the years with restoring old cars up etc before I got into arcade ownership.

This guide is for painting plastics but similar methods apply to painting metals aswell!
So, he we go! :)


Painting guide for beginners! :D



1. Supplies!
What we have here are the basics need to get the painting done to a decent level! :D

We have:
• Red scotch pads (find these at motor factors/Halfords etc)
• Masking tap
• different grades of wet & dry sandpapers 240g, 600g, 800g and 1200g (find these at motor factors/Halfords etc)

(the grit rating is based on the lower the number the more coarse the paper is, the higher the number the finer the paper is)

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We also need paints.

If you are painting plastics or metals you need the correct primer for the job. Normally a primer is for metal but we need one for plastic so we need Plastic Primer You can also get Filler Primers and these are for surfaces that require a thicker coating of primer to cover imperfections etc but we dont need to worry about this unless the surface we are primering is very scratched etc.

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Moving onto the actual PAINT, there are two style that require different painting methods.

First is the normal pain. And paint that is a NON metallic finish has the shiney gloss (when you paint something and its shiney!) mixed in the paint. This makes it easier to paint as you only do the painting once without a clear coat to produce the shine.
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Then, you have metallic paint. These are the paints that have the twinkly little specs in them like you see on modern cars etc with nice paint. This requires a base coat of the colour (in our case Met Grey) and the a clear coat after instead of the once over finish a non metallic paint (like normal white) gives.
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Most of use will want our cabs white so the extra clear coat wont apply to all of us! :)


But for this guide, I am painting in a metalic colour to show whats needed to be done :)


2.Preperation!
Now to start, we need the item to paint. for this guide, I am painting the monitor cover caps just to show what needs to be done but these steps are the same (just on a larger scale) even if your painting the monitor surround or the control panel!

ok, take items to paint:
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take red scotch pad and rub the area that you want to paint and where you want the paint to stick. We need to 'Key' the area for paint, this gives the primer/paint somethig to stick too. if we did not do this the paint would flake off once it all dries!
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gently rub the are, you can see that this is making the surface dull, this is what we want! Dont go mad rubbing it just to dull the surface.
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Once completed, blow all the excess dust etc from the parts your painting, we dont what that dust in our paint! :D

then prepare them for the primer. We need to use primer here as paint will not stick to bare plastic or metals. ALWAYS make sure you use primer if the sufaces are not already painted. Paint will only stick to paint or primer! :D

I used a bit of the masking tape here to hold the parts down as there small and can move about when painting. I just looped the tape round so it was sticking to the cardboard and the plastics.
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3. Primering!

Now we are getting the cabs out!

Make sure the area you are painting is not in closeness to anything you dont want paint on, the paint/primer will be in the air and stick to anything. do this in the garage or the garden. I normally spay on cardboard.

Now, shake the can up and spry a LIGHT coat onto the area. I can stress the word light enough! We want to BUILD up tha layers of primer and paint. if we do not, we get runs, it looks bad and we start again from the start! :(

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You can see the first coat is very light, this is what we want!
Allow a few mins (about 5 mins) between each coat. Make sure you spray about 10inches away and dont spray in just one area! just DUST it on. DO NOT RUSH!!!!!!!!

second coat....
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final coat of primer....
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PRIMERED!!
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Excellent timing. I've got 10 days off work from Friday morning, and I'm planning to refurb the Naomi :)
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4. Preperation for Paint!
Ok, when the primer has dried (a few hours but the longer the better!).

this paper is called wet & dry paper and the paper is used WITH water as it acts a lubracant we doing fine prep.

The surface will be smooth but not smooth enough for paint.

Take the 1200g paper
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And a tub of water
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And soak the paper in the water
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All we want is to just smooth the primer but not too much that we rub the primmer off! You will feel the difference straight away after a few rubs. Just make sure it wet.
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You should end with something looking like this.
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If you compare it to before its VERY smooth now!


5. Painting!


Make sure the surface is DRY, CLEAN and DUST FREE.
We want to carry the same steps as the primering from before. nice light dusty coats. Build up the paint!

first coat....
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second coat...
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final coat! :D
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Now, if your painting with normal white, you done, you just need to T cut the paint back to make it REALLY SHINE and get rid of 'orange peel effect! :)

But if your painting mettalics, wait for the paint to just go dry and then dust on coats of the clear coat! just do about 2 coats and let it dry and follow up with T Cut!.




Hope this is a helpful guide :)


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Excellent!! This will no doubt come in handy for some of the stuff I'm buying off this dodgy guy in chesire :awe:
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Top tips there.

Metallic grey Naomi on the cards?
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cools wrote:Top tips there.

Metallic grey Naomi on the cards?
Yes but not for me :D :(

I was painting one like this for me but this is going to someone else :)
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thanks .. hopefully my aero cp will be white one day thanks to this!!
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It's for a special Geezer Naomi gun cab..
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andygeezer wrote:It's for a special Geezer Naomi gun cab..
woot woot! :awe:

im coming down yours Sunday dude, will go to yours first and hope to get there about 1ish??
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tetsujin wrote:
andygeezer wrote:It's for a special Geezer Naomi gun cab..
woot woot! :awe:

im coming down yours Sunday dude, will go to yours first and hope to get there about 1ish??
Cool beans.. I should really get the cab ready, so the plastics can go on! :shock:
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I know the top of the page says doing metals is similar, but do I need additional materials/techniques or literally follow the existing guide (but with different primer) ? I'm making a trip to Halfords tommorow to get the remaining bits, and will be making a start when I get back. I'm doing the metals first so I can get the frame back up while I do the plastics. I should note that I repainted it after I first received it, so are there any additional steps, or do I just sand it down more?
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I just gave my base a good going over, cleaned all the black and yellow **** from the inside (surprisingly easy with the right bits) and primed the outside of it.

Should it really take me an entire 330ml can just to do ONE coat on the outside? Surely not, and I "dusted" it on as best I could! (probably not very well, so I've probably given some parts two coats in one...). I only bought one can of grey (I previously bought white, which I'll use on the inside as thats not so important), so now I have to go back out tommorow to get another can before doing another coat :evil:
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Sounds about right to me. There's not a great amount of paint in a can :)
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yeah, they dont last very long! :D

If there is already PAINT on there you will not need primer, just 'key' it with the red scotch pad.

Primer is for the bare metal or plasit and is there to make the paint stick to it as paint will not stick aswell to just plastic or metal :)

I used 2x 500ml cans on my base so dont worry :) It can get expensive but if done right, the results are worth it! :D
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Some of the paint had flaked off where it had rusted and I gave it a going over :oops: Will the one coat be enough then? I'm not looking for immaculate results, (but I don't want it **** either) it will take too much work with this example I have here :P
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ey ridge.

From Sinjd's post it seems like he's bought a cab off you. If he had and you were going to deliver it to him then I might be interested in taking a few bits off you whilst you up here, primarily a tri synced monitor if you still had one going (if you did).

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Argh!

I wish I saw this thread a couple of hours ago, I'm pretty sure I've bought the wrong paint (acrylic) and even though I keyed the area first it didn't adhere at all. :(

I even saw that paint in halfords when I went there today , bah .

It'd be difficult just painting one side of the CP when it'd probably stand out a fair bit and I really should be doing the whole lot.

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This needs to be stickied!
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I agree :thumbup:
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yeah agreed ,actualy thought it was ,this a good reference guide!
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