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Best way to cure paint on a model???; Question about the process..............
Topic Started: Aug 10 2013, 06:52 PM (746 Views)
oldfogey
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I've been building models in one form or another for close on to fifty years, but I admit, the one thing I have NEVER done is cure paint..........I am curious as to "How" it is done?? ( I understand the "Why" of it ).
Funny, but it is one of those things I was never exposed to & never picked up.........
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ronr
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Best way to cure it is with a food dehydrator Jim. Best ones are the kind that have stackable rings to make them taller. If it has varible heat its better. I picked mine up at a yard sale for $5.00. Use the 95 degree heat setting.
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At that setting how long until you can polish the paint out?
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Thanks Ron............now I know :)
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I don`t normally let it stay in the Dehydrator over 4 hrs. I don`t start to polish out for at least 48 hrs. Enamel would take much longer.
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Ben
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I don't used a dehydrator (yet), but there's a really great YouTube modeler named Chevy Cheeseburger that uploaded a video a few months ago that talks all about what he does with his dehydrators.

Here it is if anyone wants to give it a watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvHApT1XN0Y
Very informative and very long.
http://www.awmi.net/
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krwasson
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Thanks guys. Now I got to go get a food dehydrator. Which is faster though the model or beef jerky r:r
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krwasson,Aug 11 2013
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Thanks guys. Now I got to go get a food dehydrator. Which is faster though the model or beef jerky  r:r

After hearing about Ron's, I did a little "google" snooping last night and this is the one I came up with that seems to be among the most popular with modelers...........

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nesco-American-H...-FD-80/10982699

This company also makes a round one, but the square seems more popular for the ability to fit more parts. There are cheaper ones out there, but no fan, and no temperature control, which seems to be two things a guy better have :)

I'm really tempted to give this a shot.....
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Another Rick
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I have used a dehydrator for many years; mine is not regulated, but it doesn't get so hot as to cause harm to the parts. That being said, I do keep a watch on the parts and do not leave them in there over an hour. One thing I have learned just recently is dehydrators and acrylic nail filler do not get along :P . I use acrylic nail filler for a lot of things - it dries hard (therefore making it difficult to sand) however it is stronger than the base styrene, doesn't shrink when dried, and sands really smooth. One word of caution, have adequate ventilation when using this stuff, it will fuzz your brain. sleepy

Here is a picture of mine, I modified the height by using poster board and duct tape (this is an older picture, the sides finally collapsed after the third and final house move) .

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I build models because GOD allows me to and because I can't afford the real thing!!
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oldfogey
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I did end up getting one of these, and everybody is right........it's one of those things you wonder how you ever got along without!!!
If I would have had one of these 50+ years ago, I could have built a model A DAY!! (LOL) roll

I got this one..........

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Snackmaster-Expr...ydrator/1120727

Comes with four trays and it's simple to snip the centers out of two to give extra height for bodies etc.
Mine runs at a MAXIMUM of 105 degrees, although I agree with Ron, 95 degrees makes me less nervous. I've left a body in there overnight ( 7 hours at 95 degrees ) with no ill effects.............
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I use a hot box.. its lined with alum. cover insulation. with a 60w bulb in it
it stays at 110 degrees, haven't had any problems with it at all..its about
18 in, sq, and 3 ft tall..
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I live in a cold climate and this floor vent works excellent as a paint curer. Place car on vent and go to bed. Paint is dry in the morning.

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There are several months when the furnace isn't running. During those periods I use anti-splatter screen and cake carrier bought at a dollar store. Place on top of a lamp. By offsetting the lid or changing bulbs you can vary the temp. See digital thermometer. Stay under 120F.

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A paint expert told me that paint is dry when you can't smell it. so give it the sniff test.

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