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Old 11-02-2017, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Painting tubes for translucent acrylics

What methods do you use to paint your tubes for use in translucent acrylic pen blanks? What Glue is best if they when they are painted?
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I always paint the inside of the blank aka reverse painting with Testors and a cotton swab. Then I use epoxy glue with a drop or two in the paint. I don't want any glue inconsistencies to show thru the blank.


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I use Tamiya acrylic model spray paint on the inside of the blank. I don't paint the tubes since I've never had trouble with the paint peeling when gluing in the tube. Yet...
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I also "paint the hole" and not the tube. I don't color the glue because when I tried that the glue (epoxy) took a very long time to cure.
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I also reverse paint the blank. I've also found that cure time is very important before gluing. 24 hours is good, 48 is even better.
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I paint both the inside of the blank and the tube. I let the paint dry for 24 hours and use epoxy to glue the tubes into the blanks. On some very translucent blanks there have been occasions where I can see glue lines, but only on a few blanks. That said, I watched the video posted by Creid the other day and think that I will try the gluing method shown in the video. It will take a bit more work, but preventing glue lines and blowouts is well worth the extra effort.

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I paint both the inside of the blank and the tube. I let the paint dry for 24 hours and use epoxy to glue the tubes into the blanks. On some very translucent blanks there have been occasions where I can see glue lines, but only on a few blanks. That said, I watched the video posted by Creid the other day and think that I will try the gluing method shown in the video. It will take a bit more work, but preventing glue lines and blowouts is well worth the extra effort.

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I use a water based acrylic paint to paint the tube and the inside of the blank. I then use Gorilla Glue to glue in the tube. I coat the tube and the blank with the glue and when I dip then in water to activate the glue the paint will fade into the glue. I'll then tape up the holes so the glue won't push out the tube when expanding. I've never had any issues with streaks. I know this is time consuming but I'm in no hurry anyway.
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+1 on the tubes, the blanks and the epoxy....and I do it to every acrylic blank....in the past I was surprised at some blanks that ended up being somewhat translucent.....so I just started making it a standard practice
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Paint the hole, nothing else needed.
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