The steampunk repaint project was mostly a way of practicing painting and Dremel work. I took ordinary objects and "spiced up the paint job. I started with a pair of brazing goggles. First I sanded the outside slightly so that the base coat of paint had something to grip to. I used a Krylon black spraypaint that was formulated for plastics. After applying and even coat, I let it dry for several hours. I then applied a coat of brass colored spraypaint.
The base object for the gun was a Nerf toy. I used the Dremel tool to sand off any logos. I also opened the gun and cut away some guards to allow the magazine to swing out further. Just like the goggles I sanded the surface lightly and applied the black base coat. I used model paints for the final coat rather than spraypaint.
The wrench was much simpler. All I did was applied a a couple coats of the brass paint without any need for a base coat.
The gun and the goggles were given a final coat of Future Shine wax. This can be found in many floor waxes. This protects the paint and adds a bright gloss. In the case of the gun it also allowed the moving parts to slip past each other more easily.
Things to remember:
- Spraypaint will pool next to raised surfaces on your object
- Model paints have a nice look but you must use a high quality brush otherwise the paint strokes will show
- Use masking tape for a more defined paint edge
- When drying, your objects need to be suspended so that no painted surface touches the ground. This applies even if you think it is dry. If the paint is even a little bit tacky then it will stick to the work surface as seen on the gun's magazine. The resulting paint damage is even more defined when the final coat is applied. If this happens, allow it to dry, sand it down, and repaint the area.