"New" finishing technique you guys might like



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"New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby culturejam » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:33 pm

Somebody has probably does this already, I just don't remember seeing it. So I'm calling it "new" with quotes. Whatever.

The basic idea here is to use a color laser printer to produce a paper "faceplate" or whatever you want to call it. Then use Mod Podge to fix it to the enclosure and also as a clear coat. It's also possible to shoot clear coat spray over the fully dried Mod Podge if desired. It's not necessary from a protective standpoint, but it will make the finish shiny and help smooth out the texture appearance of the Mod Podge (brush strokes).

I've done this twice now, and I think it's a great alternative to other ways to do full-color graphics. It's cheap and requires no special equipment (other than access to a laser printer). Paper + Mod Podge is not a particularly forgiving combination (screw ups usually require a full do-over), but again, it's very cheap and easy to work with. A $6 bottle of the stuff will do maybe 100 pedals, depending on size and how many coats you do. They also have options for glow-in-the-dark and glitter, amongst many others. And, it's great for crafting with kids (paper mache or decoupage to name a few). It's non-toxic and cleans up with warm water.

I recommend a very light coat on the enclosure (it works on bare metal or powdercoat) and then lay down the paper. Light coats dry fast, so you'll have to be faster. Then gently smooth out the paper so it sticks fully. Give it a minute to dry a bit, and then brush on another light coat over everything (paper and metal). It will little sort of hazy, but don't worry as it dries clear. Takes about 5 minutes to dry enough for another coat. I recommend 4-5 coats. This seems to be enough to look nice and handle drilling (see below), although more would likely be better.

So after 4-5 coats and letting it fully cure for a few hours, this is what it looks like:
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Then I used some painter's tape to mark the stompswitch and LED drill points. Here's a pic with that and the Mod Podge, the expensive-ass brush I bought (which works very well), and another printout of the graphic:
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I was skeptical, but it does actually take drilling quite well. I tried drilling first and then applying the graphic, and doing it graphic first is a LOT easier. To my surprise, there was no lifting of the paper at all after drilling. The Mod Podge really hardens nicely and makes the paper part of the enclosure.

Here it is post-drill:
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Anyway, I highly recommend you guys try this method, as it's cheap and easy. And I think it ends up looking pretty good. It's perfect for one-offs, and this one is for a Function f(x) prototype build.
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby mwall05 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:13 am

This is rad!
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby Dandolin » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:39 am

I like! And my wife has, like a 5 gallon bucket of Modge Podge....

Can the Modge Podge handle some supa fine grit sanding without chunks flaking off?
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby culturejam » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:37 am

Dandolin wrote:Can the Modge Podge handle some supa fine grit sanding without chunks flaking off?

I believe they recommend 0000 steel wool.
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby Dandolin » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:56 am

Thanks! :zen:
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby culturejam » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:17 am

Forgot to post the finished pedal:

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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby Dandolin » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:40 am

:D :love: :joy:
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby jrmy » Fri May 05, 2017 11:07 pm

Nice! McSpunckle does a similar thing with heavy duty boat epoxy - I'm thinking the Modge Podge will be easier for most...
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby culturejam » Fri May 05, 2017 11:33 pm

jrmy wrote:I'm thinking the Modge Podge will be easier for most...

It's not as nice as Envirotex, but Mod Podge is non-toxic, cheap, readily available, and cleans up with soap/water. And you can overspray with acrylic if you want a super-shiny finish with no visible brush strokes.
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby chuckjaywalk » Sun May 14, 2017 6:42 pm

I'm totally using this method for my fuzzdoodles.
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby mathias » Wed May 24, 2017 4:21 pm

culturejam wrote:And you can overspray with acrylic if you want a super-shiny finish with no visible brush strokes.


What about something like clear poly spray?
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby culturejam » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:02 pm

mathias wrote:
culturejam wrote:And you can overspray with acrylic if you want a super-shiny finish with no visible brush strokes.


What about something like clear poly spray?

The ModPodge folks (whoever makes it) advise to use acrylic, but honestly I don't know if it matters. Just let it fully cure (takes like 3-5 days for TOTAL dryness) before going with non-acrylic. Should be good at that point.
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby mathias » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:23 pm

I may try this for labels on top of a spray painted enclosure, too!
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby culturejam » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:27 pm

I'm sure it would work just fine on a rattle can painted box. Or powdercoat.
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Re: "New" finishing technique you guys might like

Postby mathias » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:18 am

TIL that Krylon makes a "UV Archival Varnish" that helps protect what is underneath from yellowing/fading in the sun. http://www.krylon.com/products/uv-archival-varnish/

I think it technically is an acrylic, or I could spray a coat over acrylic clear coat.

This should allow found art / scraps / etc to be used with mod podge and preserve it from fading.
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