Customs: Anyone use a Food Dehydrator to speed up paint drying?

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  1. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    I saw it mentioned on a model car site that people use food dehydrators to speed up paint drying. Anyone have any experience with this? Model suggestions?

    The paint I'm specifically thinking of using the food dehydrator for are Testors gloss enamels.
     
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    I'm curious what does does to paint strength, if anything.
     
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    Sound Blaster Shattered Glass World

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    I've used a heat gun & a blow dryer and they both seem to work
     
  4. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    I actually did take a hair dryer to the custom in question today. The problem is that it only helps so long as I'm holding a hair dryer to it, and each time I do I'm taking the chance that I'll heat it up too much and warp the part.

    It's not such a bad technique with acrylic and lacquer since they dry fairly quickly and you'd probably only have to take a hair dryer to them once. Enamels on the other hand take a long time to dry and the hair dryer technique doesn't seem to make a worthwhile difference (which makes me wonder why I took a hair dryer to the part today...frustration I guess)
     
  5. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    I have a desk lamp that I use to speed up drying/curing some. Once I'm finished painting a piece, I'll simply place it under or next to the lamp to let it dry. :) 
     
  6. aurascope

    aurascope Kitbash Resource Indexer

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    Did you try varying the distance, heat and speed settings on the hair dryer?
    mounting on a stand also helps optimize the effect.

     
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    same here. I have a clamp lamp on my shelf, I usually "store" customs there until for a few hours or days (depending what stage it is in)
     
  8. RodimusDawg

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    I use good ole O2 . Aka "Air dry".
     
  9. anovasinn

    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    i was talking to a fellow radicon a week or so ago about using this method. he really sold me on the method based on his experiences with it. so i am looking for one in a resale shop now
     
  10. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

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    I put my figures in right above my jerky. LOL
     
  11. anovasinn

    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    mmmm mmm good lacquer flavored jerky :p . that will keep you busy for hours
     
  12. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

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    LOL wont get much work done tho....
     

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