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Old 08-18-2018, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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unusual paint technique

This guy sets up a paint pattern loating on top of a watery liquid and then submerges parts into the bath slowly, creating surprisingly regular patterns on curved surfaces like rims and rear view mirror housings. (All Russian, no subtitles, aggressive music.)


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Old 08-18-2018, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There's a place on Main Street here that does it. I stopped by to talk powder coating and they had just installed the equipment.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The King of Random ('s sidekick Nate) did this. Spray paint on a tub of water. It was kind of cool, but nothing like a carbon fiber pattern!

I saw a Plasti-Dip video where the guy sprayed the back of an iPad black, then put an anti-slip mat that is supposed to go under a rug over it, sprayed it grey, removed the mat, and it looked like carbon fiber!
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It's called hydrodippjng. Quite popular here in Blighty. Can even be done at home.
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You could do it at a public pool, but I recommend against it.
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Old 09-01-2018, 10:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The microfilm ultralight indoor airplane people have been doing this for like 70 years.
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The difference being applied to a surface and filling the space between wires. My mother used to make artificial flowers the same way.
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There's a guy on Priuschat who hydrodipped most of his interior panels in a carbon fiber-look pattern a few years ago. I had never heard of it before, but his results were amazing.
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This was "all the rage" like 10-15 years ago in the import/tuner car scene, same with sport bikes and even with hunters as well (hey, let's 'camo' ALL the things!). I never messed with it because I was doubtful of its durability. I bet a few coats of clear over it would go a long way to keeping it looking good.

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