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Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby Birdie » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:39 pm

I've had this unsightly resin brick sitting on a shelf for the last six months after picking it up from Ebay guy. Been meaning to sort out a half decent paint job for a while, finally had some spare time this weekend.

As any of you who has one one these will know, it has a weird grainy finish that is not immediateley obvious on the screen-seen ones. Mine is kinda warped, too. On repriming the bar the problems became even more aparent - micro-bubbles aplenty. Pretty horrible.

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I set about patching it up using LeMarchand's patent mix of primer, mixed into a paste with talcum powder, and applied liberally.

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I then filled some of the more major crevices with Milliput and left to set overnight. After sanding with 280 wet & dry, I reprimed.

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Final stage was spraying with Humbrol acrylic coper, and a fairly heavy black wash. Nothing I can do about the warp, but it's come out looking a whole lot better than when I started!

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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby Nexus6 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:40 pm

"Yup. That's the stuff."
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby keelhauler » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:44 pm

Glad someone finally attempted this! Looks good! Now, the question is, will I ever spruce up mine???
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby Yellowjacket » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:55 pm

I wish I had a stack of these for my projects. Very nice.
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby AZSneed » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:06 am

From what you to fix, it came out excellent!
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby Badger » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:55 pm

Nice!
It's tough fixing these up.
The castings are pretty crappy.

You can use a high-build grey primer/filler which will plug most of the small holes, then sand back.

I'm going to try one with 'easy-metal' copper foil, burnished on to the spray-mounted resin bar. Then a thick black acrylic detail wash buffed off with a damp sponge.

I think it came out very well. Nice job, the hard work shows :D

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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby namebrand » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:36 am

I was just going to suggest filler primer too, awesome for smoothing things like that out!

Looks great though, nice job!
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby Goodwolf » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:48 am

That looks really good. Well done. :)
May have been on the losin' side, still not convinced it was the wrong one.
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby E-Wan » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:21 pm

How textured were the ones used on screen? I know they look pretty smooth when you see them, but I wasn't sure if that was just studio trickery.

Nice job on yours Birdie!
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Re: Fixing up a resin food bar

Postby keelhauler » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:56 pm

E-Wan wrote:How textured were the ones used on screen? I know they look pretty smooth when you see them, but I wasn't sure if that was just studio trickery.

Nice job on yours Birdie!


I always thought they were naturally smooth. they don't look like they were digitally enhanced.
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