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eagledancer



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:58 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

kerrie wrote:
Thanks Calvin for answering me on Christmas!  I have heard some people have used Krylon white primer and Rustoleum Satin White for the paint. Then duplicolor acrylic clear enamel.  I didn't think I would need to apply anything to my skins.  What are you thoughts on this?  Did you use anything?

Merry Christmas,
Kerrie

the problem with leaving the skins without paint is it is way TOO white. r2 was a off white almost a eggshell (but not quite that creamy)
if it is too white it washes out in photos and become a blur. it also happens when you dont add weathering. most photos of my droid with flash you cant make out all the detail. i am planning on doing some light weathering to bring out the detail better

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kerrie



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the Krylon white primer and Rustoleum Satin White for the paint and the  enamel the way to go or do you have any recommendations for me?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have areas that you had to do some putty work you will need to prime that area, Then sand the primer slick.
On the paint, I would use Krylon on the styrene instead of Rustoleum.
Krylon tends to stick better and you can get Satin white in Krylon.
The clear coat is kind of a personal choice. Brenda or I did not clear coat our droids. It depends on what type of look you want from your droid.
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Danf



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't paint any of the white on my styrene droid but did recently weather it. Calvin is right, before the weathering it washed out bad in photos. (See pics in this thread  http://southernr2.myfreeforum.org/about120.html) I think I remember someone saying that painting it also protects it from sun damage  (yellowing and becoming brittle) . I haven't had any problems yet but he does spend 99% of the time indoors with florescent lighting .
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kerrie



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where can I get more information on weathering?  Do I do all of the painting/weathering before I put the skins on the frame or after the skins are attached?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! the weathering makes quite a bit of difference, can you please tell me how to do this?  Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this very helpful.  http://www.heiko-heinitz.de/Weathering_Tutorial.m4v  use water based paints - I actually used a kid's water-colors set. Vid from astromech.net thread here    http://astromech.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2909
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:49 am    Post subject: Styrene Skin doors? Reply with quote

I am planning on making my skins out of styrene. However, I want all the doors to open. I understand the skin keeps its "curve" because it is attached to the frame or at least pulled tight against the frame. My question is what keeps the open doors "curved"? I thought gluing the two skin layers would help keep them curved, but I asked Chani and she said that the layers helped, but you need "spines". She also said Dave E. had "spines" in his styrene droid plans. I searched the Dave's plans and could find nothing about door "spines". So my question is, how did you guys do it? And does anyone have door "spine" templates or know where I can find them? Does anyone have any other ideas? I have found this is a difficult topic to find info on.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alot of the doors on my droid open and its styrene skins
BEFORE glueing add curve to the door and the flange
then glue while holding in a curve (i used super glue)
once glued they stay put pretty well. i have noticed some difference with temperature sometimes a corner sticks out a little. but its really not that noticeable
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the reply. When I saw that the last post was almost two years ago, I wasn't sure if I'd get a reply. So the best bet is to cut the panels out on the inner skin, tape them back in place, wrap around the frame, then glue the outer skin on to the bent inner skin? Thank you for the help!

Dan

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