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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Dupli-Color Metal Specks Paint Review

Dupli-Color Metal Specks is an easy to use product that gives a subtle, attractive finish. This product deposits a semi-translucent coat of paint (similar to the Dupli-Color Copper Plate Coating), as…

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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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Dupli-Color Copper Plate Coating Review

The Dupli-Color Copper Plate Coating is an interesting paint product I recently came across in an auto-parts store. This two-can product is primarily marketed for giving chromed rims a durable copper color. It…

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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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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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