A real progress update this time. It has been a week since my last post concerning the paint on the project. A week has passed and things are starting to look up I suppose. The spray paint that effectively ruined the pieces had to be binned because it looked terrible when applied. Thankfully a solution was come to. Emulsion paint. Unfortunately, this has meant that a lot more effort has had to be put in and a week was wasted pursuing the spray paint.
Two different emulsion paints were bought, matte black and a white. When applied, dried and sanded down to a smooth finish they looked quite good. A polish was applied and the appearance looked even better, though it did show up imperfections caused from the sandpaper such as deep scratches.
Over the past week I have been working almost non stop trying to get the coats of paint thick enough so that when they are sanded down, the wood/primer doesn’t start to show. Because of this, the white one has had well over 10 coats of paint applied. The black one has been problematic too. Because of the extreme difficulty in removing the original spray paint from the part, the matte paint was applied on top. Whilst this may not seem too bad, when it comes to sanding it down, things start to go wrong. It is fine on the sides but on the top and detail of the phone slot, it makes everything a little too rounded and the surface is a pain to get smooth.
In hindsight I probably should have got someone to paint it for me, but if they messed it up and I had to start again then I would have been in big trouble.
After well over 6 hours of sanding today, they are very nearly finished. The black one just needs the top detail finished off and the white one needs touched up in places and it also needs the top part finished. The two bases are almost there too. Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be the last day of sanding.
The paint does have me worried in a number of ways though. The only one that I am going to put on here is the fact that it has added too much thickness to the MDF parts so instead of a smooth seamless join between them and the acrylic block, there is a notieable step. I do not know how much of a problem it will be to rectify but it is annoying me very much. With only three weeks left until the final hand in, I was hoping to have finished this almost a month ago. There is only setback after setback at the moment.