How to Paint 3d prints, the basics

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crazy here today we will be talking

about how to paint 3d printed models

stay tuned I'm going to show you my

process crazy will from crazy wheels

tech show today we're to talk about how

to paint your 3d prints if you haven't

seen my video yet on the ellegua ma r

zh' that's what this was printed on take

a look at it right up here you'd think

this would be a fairly simple process to

paint one of these not as simple as

you'd think if you want to get a certain

look now I am by no means I know it all

when it comes to painting I'm just gonna

show you my process there's a lot of

great channels out there that show you

how to paint what I'm basically assure

you today is how I get my prints ready

for paint and actually paint them

because I didn't see an actual

comprehensive guide that just showed you

the basics like you're brand new into

this like me and I just want to throw

some color on this I want to make it

look pretty cool I think I've had pretty

good results I mean like I said I'm not

the greatest painter in the world but

this is a look at some of the stuff that

I've done which is a bad now I know

you're thinking well this isn't really

tech it can be tech it's a little

technical so I'm gonna share my thoughts

and opinions cuz if you have a 3d

printer you want to know how to do this

first things first we're gonna have to

prime it now it worked for me was wrist

all you this is two times the coverage

it's a flat gray primer I tried other

primers I didn't have too much luck

because if you want the paint's to show

up you have to prime them first so this

is a very important step get yourself

like a coat hanger or some metal twine I

guess they would call this now I hollow

so you'll see this holes at the bottom

and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna

thread this through the holes so that

way I could spray it now obviously

before you do this now you did sand it

and you cut off all the edges now no

matter what because it's see-through no

matter how much you sand it or you try

to clean it up once we spray it you're

gonna see a lot more imperfections and

tabs and stuff like that

after we prime it all right so I got

mine hook through and I bent a little

end like this on the end so that way I

can hang it on something after I'm done

because we don't want anything touching

it after we prime and make sure the

surface is nice and clean mine's pretty

clean a little bit of water spray it

clean it wipe it make sure it's not damp

before you go to spray paint this so

we're gonna go and spray-paint this now

make sure you shake the spray paint

really good



okay so I just came in from outside this

is the first coat we're gonna be doing -

and get still wet but you can see pops

the details so much better now let's put

this up here I have like a little area

where I usually stick this and if you

want to see my setup please take a look

at my video from last week upgrades that

I did to the a legume Mars so you could

see some of the little tips and tricks

that I used turn on the exhaust fan okay

so I have that exhaust thing I could

still work in my office it's a little

noisy I apologize but I have it just

hanging right there and we'll let that

dry for about an hour alright so here we

are we have the first coat done but if

you look underneath you see the little

knobs that were left over that we

thought we sand it down they weren't so

what we're gonna do is we have some

tools here I go around try to hit it

with this sometimes you can sometimes

you can't you're not gonna get

everything but we'll try our best I got

a regular nail file what we'll do is

we'll go over here and we'll just hit it

with the sand sand it down just a little

bit and try and even it out


see I see some on the face here try and

hit that real quick so I'm gonna go

around and double-check everything and

look and you're not gonna get everyone

perfect but you try your best to hit

what you can I started off with like a

200 grid and then I go down to a 400

grit but you don't want to start with a

400 grid you want to like kind of sand

gradually but another technique that I

use if the sand paper isn't working for

you and you have large amounts of these

little nubs that you can't get to like I

have in the back of a sword you can take

an exacto blade and just carve them down

just hit him with that and that will cut

him out at least all right so I think he

looks pretty good now I sent some rough


it's a printed I'm at a 45 degree angle

if you didn't see that video you see

that in description below on how to

position it but he was positioned at a

45 degree angle so all most of us hit

his harsh points are in the back and

we're not gonna see too much of that and

everything ice and hit it with some

water first to really clean it up just

to get rid of the dust cuz I'll just hit

this with paper towels you can see once

I go over it really is just covered and

dust we don't want that sticking to the

primer and now we're gonna hit him with

some primer all right so this is the end

result and let it dry for about two

hours alright so this is the main reason

why I'm doing this video I wanted to

show you some of the trial and errors

that I went through Superman over here

was done with testers so that's the

result I got you can see it's very shiny

the acrylics to make some of the wash

which I'll show you those in a second to

make the shading because you can't

really shade with these like I said if

you're looking for a glossy coat as you

can see you know that's good for a car

that's good for you know a robot or

maybe like an Iron Man but not really

Superman so that didn't come out as good

as I'd like another thing with the

testers that you need to know it comes

with another bottle and it's actually a

paint thinner I didn't know this but

you're supposed to

50 and 50 so if you're if you take like

4 drops out of this you take 4 drops out

of this you mix them together and it

makes it thinner so you can get better

detail I didn't do that I actually put

this straight out of the bottle on to

Superman you shouldn't do that you

should actually thin it so you'll get

more of the detail that's why he looks

so bubbly in his face and you don't have

all the detail that you should have had

next I did straight acrylics I got these

from Walmart straight acrylic paints as

you can see it didn't do a bad job and I

was kind of going for an artistic kind

of still keeping the green resin to

shine through kind of thing but it's it

doesn't cope very well so this for what

I was doing it on this one actually

worked really well and to give you an

idea I mean that's supposed to be purple

which looks more like black and that's

multiple coats and you can see the first

coat on the back there it's a strong and

pigment wise it just isn't doing the

trick I tried folk art and it wasn't

working out very well this piece of

trying to find something that I didn't

have to prime but everything came down

to I had to climb it so once I actually

primed it that was what I got out of the

folk art and it still wasn't as good as

I'd like it to be and this came up over

and over and over and over and over and

over again every time I was researching

paint that Vallejo is the best for model

painting so that's what I decided to go

with it had the best coating it had the

best pigment closer you could see the

pigment is a lot stronger here you could

see that the colors are very vibrant

here here's a better example for you

that's a Hellboy and you could see the

pigment how much better the pigment is

how it covers the model alright so we

have our model now we're gonna paint it

plain old paint cap and I put a little

fun tack on there and what I do is I

take the model and I shove it right on

there it makes it easier to paint and

you don't get it all over your hands you

have something to grip onto and you're

not touching the actual model because

now we're gonna add some paint this pink

dries out pretty quick so I made this

quick sponge kind of container so that

way I could kind of keep it wet but kind

of working but it's kind of not working

I'm just gonna use a regular red it's

going to go in here and just

our ad and painting we're gonna sweep

over them you're probably gonna have to

do two coats one really thin and then

we'll go over and do one really heavy so

I'm just gonna paint everything on here

and you can see this paint really does

go on nice and smoothly you know I have

a cheap cheesy brush I don't really have

heavy preferences and brushes I just use

what works if you watch my channel you

know I do what works alright so there's

our first coat you can see it's kind of

a little bit of a transparency thing

going on there so you usually have to do

two sometimes maybe three layers we're

gonna let this dry for probably about an

hour I didn't paint the base because the

base we're probably gonna go with a

metallic kind of looking collar this is

the second day I have two coats actually

on this I applied the other coat

yesterday off-camera I'm gonna add

another coat alright so here we are with

three coats I think it did a pretty good

job we coated it pretty good we're gonna

go with the next color and that's gonna

be black

just a black little black right there I

just do a little dab because this stuff

dries out pretty quick paint brushes

it's up to you what you like I have

several paint brushes I'm actually going

to be using I bought a cheapo one at

Hobby Lobby

it's a 2/0 so that's what I'm gonna use

to paint it I'm gonna take some paint

and I'm gonna fill in the black areas

right now so I'm gonna go for the black

of his eyes



so that's what we got so far I did the

outline of his eyes I know there's white

for the middle of his eyes we're gonna

hit that later black you only really

need to do one coat go what you think

looks good this a line here and a line

here and I'm going to go with black back

here a lot it real quick and just give

you an idea what I'm doing



I'm gonna switch to a different type of

brush this is just my preference but I

found it brush it has a little bit

longer of a tail kind of thing going on

here so I could just wisp into certain

areas if I can try and get some of the

detail in here I'm probably gonna have

to touch it up anyway but at least I

could try and get in there a little bit

easier around the edges and swoop into

areas like right here it just gives you

a little bit more reach


both sides done now I'm going to go for

the little logo that's on his shirt

there we're going to paint in the black

there and we're gonna obviously have to

touch up the red and then around his

neck I want to paint black and I want to

go for the swords do the swords first

because they'll be super easy alright so

there you go you notice that I did a

little bit of a sloppy job on the swords

we want to overlap colors because I

think I'm gonna do these and brown in

the back if not I can always clean it up

afterwards but so far it's looking

pretty good to me I have most of the

base colors I'm gonna go for black

around his neck

you notice there's an edge right above

the lip here I'm gonna go for the lip of

the neck beast so I'm gonna go


now we're gonna put them upside down I'm

going to try and get those same pieces

again underneath his neck why not make

it more touch up but I think it's gonna

be worth in the end I'm gonna go with

black down the middle here because I

just think that would add an accent and

I did water down the black to make it

easier to do what I just did so we're

done with the black basically it looks

like I got everything so that's the back

that's the front so we're gonna do is

window Brown and the way I want to do

this round it is a pretty dark brown but

we're gonna make it a little bit darker

so we'll put a good significant amount

of brown that's the Browns flat Brown

I'm gonna get some of the black and a

little bit of dab right here very almost

blackish-brown the reason why I'm making

it so dark I'm going to paint everything

in the dark and then use the regular

Brown to bring out the highlights and

I'll show you what I'm talking about as

we paint it let's go around and go for

his utility packs if you will all right

so I got all the brown on its a really

dark brown do you want to touch up a

little bit of the red all right so what

I'm gonna do here is I'm just gonna

brush over this

gently touch it


this is cold white the white dries out

extremely fast so I only put a little

bit all right so we're gonna go for his

eyes first why not we're gonna take a

clump and we're gonna just try and see

if we could just go across the top of it

we'll just see if we can pick up oh and

I just totally screwed that up because I

wasn't paying attention we're just gonna

cut it see what I just did there I just

wiped over the top of it just try to go

over and just let the paint kind of lift

on it and that's what I should have done

with that one which is no big deal add a

little bit of water a little pool that

looks like that kind of worked and we'll

try to just brush across the top here

ever so gently let's see if I can do it

this time

ah perfect


I'm gonna take some ground put it right

next to the black ground we want to add

shading so I'm gonna think that the

lights probably coming from here and

it's working out pretty well actually

Rondon we got all the black done i

touched up a little bit to make it look

a little bit better we got the white on

there think he's looking pretty good

we're gonna do the silver let's go ahead

and start that now I'm using Vallejo

silver make sure you shake this stuff

off because it does kind of like to

separate a little bit



like to go with a bigger brush when I'm

doing the bases and paint that face up

I'll grab the detail brush again


alright so there's the silver obviously

it's gonna need another coat on the base

I'm gonna let that dry alright so I did

a second coat of the silver I overdid it

with the silver on this which you know

that happens try to keep it thin with

the silver I forgot how thick the silver

is I did a little touch-ups here and

there so this is what my model looks

like right now and miniature painting

there's something called a wash and I

learned about this and it brings out the

detail actually in print you're trying

to paint it's almost like dirtying it a

little bit and also adding lines and all

the washes it's distilled water some

black paint and I added to my own

mixture a little bit of airbrush thinner

just to make it thin we don't know the

exact ratio but so what we're gonna do

is we're going to take this we're gonna

kind of brush it over and let it fall

actually in the creases we're gonna try

and get the creases so you can get some

detail out of that botched up job that I

did on this we can get yeah there we go

we get some of the details you see how

like it just darkens up a little bit of

the details there it's nice and wet we

want to dip it into cracks and let it

follow the cracks you like on a suit

right there this is just gonna add a

little more detail it also hides a lot

of your mistakes


we're gonna do is let it grab some of

the red I'm going to highlight a little

bit but we also want to fix water

looking marks so we're going to add that

in there

you can go over this with a wash again

if you don't like the way this looks but

I usually like the highlighted look

you know try to think about where the

light sitting or how the height light

would reflect I think that's pretty much

done I think this is good as you're

gonna get for me I'm sure there's a lot

of talented people watching this right

now thinking that hell is this guy doing

who let this dry I like to let it dry

for a good three hours and make sure

everything's nice and dry and then I use

this matte clear rust-oleum double coat

bonds two plastic spray paint it's just

a seal everything in again you want to

shake it all right so what we're gonna

do here is we're just gonna mist just

get a gentle coat on there we don't want

to make anything run so it looks like

when you just missed it so that's

basically the process guys this is the

second coat on him we went a little too

heavy probably but this is basically

what it looks like give you guys a

little idea of the detail like I said

I'm not pro painter I just do what works

like everything on this channel I do it

works I think it came out pretty good

due to this whole virus and staying home

and basically working from home I had

time to do this so I thought this would

be a little fun project no it's a little

different than what I normally do but I

just wanted to share that's it for me

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