Lessons of Paint

Dupli-Color Perfect Match Universal Chrome Review

As we have discussed in the past, spray paint lids can lie, promising a paint finish that the product itself cannot deliver. That’s why I raised an eyebrow when I spotted…

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Low-Budget Rust Solution

A coat of rusted steel (sometimes called a patina) is an excellent addition to any casemod with a weathered theme. Although you can paint on faux rust for a decent…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Dusty Drying

Newsflash: paint is sticky when wet. Hours of hard work can be destroyed by a single thumbprint, and most people know not to touch wet paint. What’s less obvious however, is…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Undoing with Mineral Spirits

The astute reader may notice that my HLOP articles carry a theme: paint is hard. People (especially me) make mistakes. Imagine you botch a spray paint job; is the piece…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Leaking Lacquers

Lacquer-based paints are a fussy class of paints used to create high-quality paint jobs. If you’re thinking of experimenting with this type of paint, you might make a lot of…

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Painting Steps to Achieve That Perfect Finish

Creativity drives us to be different. Or does it? Does our mind realize that we are being creative, or is this just normality, outside the norm of what people consider…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Bad Bristles

Acrylic paint is a great, cheap paint for modifying your hardware. For a few dollars you can get a couple bottles of paint and a handful of paintbrushes, and you’re on your…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Don’t Pray, Spray

Spray paint cans can be inconsistent. There can be insufficient pressure from a clogged stem, the nozzles can become obstructed and sputter, and sometimes you just forget to shake the can…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Poppin’ Paint Cans

Spray paint cans are a remarkably stable combination of high pressure gasses and flammable chemicals. However, this stability can be seriously compromised by exposing the can to unusual situations. For…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Savage Solvents

To put it simply, spray paint is a pressurized can filled with paint and solvent. Certain plastics and rubbers will dissolve in these solvents, meaning spray paints can sometimes unexpectedly ruin your materials. Below is a…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Overspray Will Ruin Your Life

Whenever you use spray paint, you’re creating a small cloud of paint particles. This cloud can settle on nearby surfaces, coating everything in dust or still-wet paint.  This undesired migration of particles is…

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Harsh Lessons of Paint: Confounding Caps

It can be hard to find the perfect spray paint for your case, and confounding caps certainly don’t help. For example, look at this comparison of a Rust-oleum lid next to a…

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