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Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 12:32 AM
Hey all. This chick that I am making a box for wants to paint the box black. My question is, what do I have to do to make this box look decent? For instance is tehre anything I can do to cover up the screws? Or will they just kinda blend in? What kind of paint should i use? Any advice at this point would be helpful. Thank you

saj21187
04-27-2007, 12:35 AM
What kind of wood is it?? If its mdf I wouldnt just paint over it. A friend of mine had good luck putting a coat of fiberglass resin over his mdf box, sanding it really good, priming and painting. Im sure if you sanded the mdf and primed it a few times if would give you a decent outcome though.

oglejust
04-27-2007, 12:36 AM
round the edges w/ a round over bit in a router and fill the screw holes w/ wood filler (wood putty). sand the box really good, this will make it look waaaaaaay better. as for the paint u can use basically any paint u want... spray paint looks ok if u get it even, u could roll it on but it would prolly have a texture to it, u could also brush it however u would have brush marks so if it was me id spray paint it.

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 12:43 AM
Lol. If you want it to look good. Try a differnt color. Black shows everything. bondo all the holes and seams. And use some drywall stuff on the edges that show i forget what its called. Then primer and then paint. I would use a spray gun. Spray paint just doesnt have the power.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 12:46 AM
So lets see if I can get a good list going here. Use a router on the edges(doable, I like that look too), wood putty the screw holes, sand, then paint? sound good?

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 12:48 AM
No. You need to do something with the seams. and you need primer.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 12:54 AM
No. You need to do something with the seams. and you need primer.

Okay then so: Use a router on the edges, wood putty the screw holes, smooth the seams(using wood putty or drywall mud?), sand it, throw some primer on that *****, then paint it....good?

Immacomputer
04-27-2007, 12:55 AM
More than one coat of primer as well. After you get a few coats of primer down, lightly sand it smooth with some like 150-220 grit paper and then start painting.

Kold_Killa
04-27-2007, 12:56 AM
Use a thin layer of bondo... then spray it.

oglejust
04-27-2007, 12:59 AM
yeah i guess i left some stuff out lol sounds like ur good to go

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:00 AM
was the box already used? if so it prolly has scratches and other ****.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:01 AM
was the box already used? if so it prolly has scratches and other ****.

Nah, i am building the box this weekend...will be fresh

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:03 AM
ok.
Step one fill in all the screws and seams with bondo.
Step two sand all the bondo except for what fills in the holes.
Step three rub the drywall compound or what not on the end seems of the mdf. This is a trick to keep the mdf from soaking up the primer.
Step four put on the primer.
Step 5 fill in any holes you might have missed or so be it with wood filler.
Step 6 sand that off.
Step 7 paint.
I highly suggest using a gravity feed hvlp gun. :) For primer and paint.

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:05 AM
Here is a nifty little link:
http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesArticle.aspx?id=26508

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:05 AM
ok.
Step one fill in all the screws and seams with bondo.
Step two sand all the bondo except for what fills in the holes.
Step three rub the drywall putty or what not on the end seems of the mdf. This is a trick to keep the mdf from soaking up the primer.
Step four put on the primer.
Step 5 fill in any holes you might have missed or so be it with wood filler.
Step 6 sand that off.
Step 7 paint.
I highly suggest using a gravity feed hvlp gun. :) For primer and paint.


For step one could I use wood putty instead of bondo?

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:06 AM
yeah. except i think it would be a little harder to use on the seams.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:11 AM
yeah. except i think it would be a little harder to use on the seams.

Alright, thanks for all of the help. I will try to post up some pics of the finished result whenever it gets done(god knows when that will be) so that you guys can criticize my horrible box making skills...

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:12 AM
Painting isn't exactly Easy.

Immacomputer
04-27-2007, 01:19 AM
For step one could I use wood putty instead of bondo?

I would be careful about using wood putty. If you do, try not to use too much. On an enclosure I painted, I used wood putty to fill the screw holes and after about a month, they began to rise. Now they're very obvious as you can feel and see them. They were sanded perfectly flat before the primer too.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:23 AM
I would be careful about using wood putty. If you do, try not to use too much. On an enclosure I painted, I used wood putty to fill the screw holes and after about a month, they began to rise. Now they're very obvious as you can feel and see them. They were sanded perfectly flat before the primer too.

And what would stop bondo from doing the same thing?

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:32 AM
I would be careful about using wood putty. If you do, try not to use too much. On an enclosure I painted, I used wood putty to fill the screw holes and after about a month, they began to rise. Now they're very obvious as you can feel and see them. They were sanded perfectly flat before the primer too.

Thats why I prefer bondo.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:35 AM
Thats why I prefer bondo.

So where can I get bondo? home depot? does it take any mixing or anything to make the bondo or is there just "bondo in a can"

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:36 AM
Home creepo is fine. You just mix it with the hardener and put it on.

Immacomputer
04-27-2007, 01:38 AM
And what would stop bondo from doing the same thing?

It's a different material with different properties.

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:40 AM
It's a different material with different properties.

x2.:fro:

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:41 AM
Home creepo is fine. You just mix it with the hardener and put it on.


I take it the "hardener" will come with the bondo? Sorry for the noob questions...:crap:

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:43 AM
yeah it does. i think there is a chart on how much to add.

Puppet Master
04-27-2007, 01:44 AM
yeah it does. i think there is a chart on how much to add.

Alright good stuff...Thanks again guys for all the help.

baseballer1100
04-27-2007, 01:45 AM
No Problem.

lil azn 06
04-27-2007, 06:03 AM
I must warn you its a pain in the arse to do all this. I did this with the first box i built. It came out decent at first but it easily scratches. And the workload into painting the box (sanding the bondo) can be the longest part.

Ill carpet any day over paint lol, but good luck to you.

dbornotdb
04-27-2007, 12:43 PM
http://www.fiberglassforums.com/showthread.php?t=672


In this pic, the top part is fiberglassed, but the sides are all MDF and done just like described above.





http://www.caraudio.com/gallery/1/4/1/3/0/buffedshiny-med.jpg