Customs: Best way to prep a ball joint

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  1. aledromo

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    A test project I did yielded mixed results. If you're going to paint a ball joint, how do YOU prepare it?

    For the record, a nail file and future sealer are a great, but not even, solution to the problem. Some spotting where the file didn't wear down evenly.
     
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    I typically don't paint ball joints since they're rub areas. The problem with filing is that you run the risk of making the ball joint uneven.
     
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    I try to use black, clear, or gray ball joints whenever possible, as I dont paint them at all
     
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    i typically tape the ball up and spray either the stem its on or tape that off aswell depending on the area

    for prep i will take a 400 grit and lightely sand on the ball

    this way when you spary the socket it should even out if you use light coats
     
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    Interesting. You replace off color ones? How is that done?
     
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    Ah..sorry..I usually do scratch building or heavy modding, so I usually pick what joints Im going to use before hand. Although, on parts where there are coloured ball joints, I've dyed them black.
     

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