Customs: Dipping pieces in sealer?

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  1. Rexidus

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    I'm curious. Would it be a bad idea to dip pieces I've painted in sealer as opposed to dry brushing them on like I usually do?

    I've got Future floor polish and had this idea but wanted to ask those who aren't noobs what they thought of it.
     
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    With Future you may be okay as it tends to "self Level". In fact an old model kit building trick for Aircraft is to dip the canopies in Future. This gives them the impression of being more glass like as well as appearing thinner and more in scale with the aircraft.

    Just bear in mind that when you add a sealer, even Future, you are adding layers, and mass/size to what ever you are "dipping". The result may be stellar on the outside surface areas, but may make increase the size of say a knee peg and the knee will be too tight, risking breakage.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I do know Future adds layers though, that's why people use it to tighten joints.

    I was concerned about the balls becoming too big (get your mind out of the gutter :p ). With the paint on them and the Future, well I began to think I should have sanded them down first. Where these a normal figure instead of a Shapeways figure I would have done that step one.

    But I dipped them this morning. It was the easiest way to seal everything. With them all still in pieces I'm pleased with the results. We'll see if I still am when I've finished letting them dry for 12 hours. (Currently at hour 4.)
     
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    Very good. Given the not so perfect nature of Shapeways surfaces I imagine you may have enough play to get away with dipping them, please keep us informed.:thumbs2: 
     
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    Well they are tight now that's for sure. I am very sad face though that I still have scraping issues...
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    I think that's a very good nugget of info, btw :) 
     

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