Aug 112009
 

Last night I got some quick work done on Velvet. The chain’s surface was finished and painted. The rest of the parts are wet sanded to prepare the parts for painting. And finally, there was a quick fix in response to breaking a small area on Velvet’s eye lashes.

Fingers pinned and glued:

The fingers are puttied:

Sand, prime, and sand to fix residual issues:

Second priming session, areas mostly fixed, but still some rough spots.

Surface areas fixed, reprimed, and ready for wet sanding.

Work on the chain, using a 150 grit sanding pad, the rough spots on the chain were smoothed out while leaving the cast iron texture in tact. The first picture is a comparison with one side of the chain smoothed out and the rest of the chain untouched. After sanding the rest of the chain, the chain is painted using Alclad II Jet Exhaust as the base and final color.

The rest of the primed parts were wet sanded using a 3200 grit sanding mesh. The purpose of this is to smooth out the surface of the parts prior to applying paint. Each successive layer of paint inherites the surface attributes of the previous layer, so it is important to smooth out the rough surface prior to painting. In the following pictures, you should be able to discern the rough look of the part’s surface, then compare that to the surface in the last picture where the part is completely smooth.

While doing the wet sanding process, I was a little too rough with Velvet’s eye lash detail, and broke it. It is a very thin layer of resin, so this needed a quick repair. Light curing putty is placed on, allowed to cure, then sanded down, and finally reprimed to check the fix. The total repair time was roughly 10-15 minutes.

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