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A Video Tutorial and Test: The Best Paint for 3D Printed Objects

by • March 31, 2016 • No Comments

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If you are overwhelmed with which paint type to select for which glorious moment when your 3D printed object is consumely printed, cooled, and eager to be painted, appear no additional. Seth of “Level Up Your Fandom” has done the honors of testing out four various kinds of paint for us in a posted YouTube video, which you can see at a lower place. What you see is a detailed 20-minute test of four various paint types. Seth, our resident paint tremendous, in addition constructs a pretty elaborate pros and cons list regarding every paint type. Here, we can cover the pros and cons of every type, so you can manufacture your next painting decisions with relative ease.

All of the paints chosen here were tested on four various 3D printed dice via a create of Thingiverse. DrGlassDPM (Nicholas Diovinco) uploaded a “Futuristic Forerunner Dice” create for everyone’s futuristic game playing requires. Whilst Seth was not thrilled with the outcome of his four 3D printed test dice — we can see the print job unfurl in the posted video — he can yet work with them since the point is to test paint out on them.


First, Seth uses an acrylic Basics paint. He applauds the paint for four reasons: it is effortless to find; it is bargain-priced; it is on the market in most colors; and it dries rapidly. These are all excellent qualities for paint, right? But, one thing which Seth indicates, and you can see this at the end of the video when he has all the dice lined up and is comparing them, which the paint job appears bargain-priced (for the reason it is bargain-priced).

paintNext, we turn to hobby enamel paint. And, again, Seth lauds it for all of the same reasons he likes the acrylic paint. Inexpensive, swift drying, and excellent flat colors: enamel paint is all which. One high end discovered in this paint, which Seth did not mention for acrylic paint, is which it is in addition effortless to use. So far, hobby enamel wins out over acrylic — but not by much.

So Seth turns to the interior house paint (semi gloss enamel) which he had sitting around the house, and he in addition augments his selection with a few additional interior paint in red. The outcome? It is high high end, has excellent coverage, just requireed one coat, and you can get any color imaginable custom-made. (If you go into a place like Home Depot with a paint sample, they can usually hook you up with a color approximately identical to the one you want.) Here, the problem lies not with high end, although it is a bit cumbera few to work with and requires a top coat, too. The largest problem with via interior house paint is its price. The excellent news? You can usually score tiny sample cans of the paint for much less money than the larger cans, so if you don’t require much, and so this may be the paint for you.

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Of course, no paint test may be consume without the ubiquitous can of spray paint. Seth praises spray paint for its excellent colors, layering, price, availability, and color selection. The one problem is which spray paint is complex to work with on detailed projects for the reason painter’s tape is required. The color is consistent, it has excellent coverage, and has a glossy appearing coat.

With all which said and without additional ado, when it comes down to it, which paint type does Seth select as his new standard bearer for 3D print jobs? (Drum roll, please!) House paint! You can watch the video at a lower place to see his analytic thinking and testing methods. Any tips of your own? Discuss in the Painting 3D Prints forum over at 3DPB.com.