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 Post subject: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:15 pm 
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Hey,

Do you think it would ruin a cube to spray it black??

It's just that, I don't want a single white cube in a sea of black, but [removed] only sells white Void Cubes [Moderator: Any white void cube is KO], and after all the bad press I just don't want to buy one off eBay!

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:21 pm 
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Don't promote KOs. I would recommend you check out other stores (places like LighTake may sell KO puzzles, but they usually have the legit puzzle as well).

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:05 pm 
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As long as you remove the stickers first and have extra stickers for when you are done, it won't ruin it. I have done it before and it looks pretty good, better than I expected at least. However, Cubedepot sells void cubes for a pretty reasonable price and they are good quality, I would check them out, because by the time you buy more stickers and spray paint, it will be cheaper to just buy a decent one in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:17 pm 
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I find painting cubes works well if you make several thin coats. However, stickers can cause problems afterwards when they peel. I tend to use cubesmith tiles for that as it minimises the risk (although I rarely sticker my painted cubes, I just paint the faces I need to in colour).

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
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It's doable, and the end result is actually quite nice. However be sure to also spray it with some sort of varnish, and to lightly sand the surfaces with fine sandpaper beforehand. (Also try not to paint the mech, especially with a puzzle like the Void cube with no tension adjustments the turning would suck afterwards.)
Note that you definitely will need new stickers, and the paint will most likely chip after some use.

Though, why paint it?
There are Black void cubes available, even if you don't look very hard...
(both legitimate and knockoffs are easily found all over the Internet.)

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:23 am 
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Hand Held Professor wrote:
It's just that, I don't want a single white cube in a sea of black, but [removed] only sells white Void Cubes [Moderator: Any white void cube is KO], and after all the bad press I just don't want to buy one off eBay!
Between the cost of the spray paint and your time why not just buy a genuine Void Cube, which is already black and far better than a spray painted KO?

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:16 pm 
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Would this also work for making Okamoto's cubes white?

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
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thomasbomb wrote:
Would this also work for making Okamoto's cubes white?

Generally speaking, it is easier to cover up a lighter color with a darker one, rather than light over dark. It usually takes twice as many coats of paint to convert a black surface into white than to go from white to black. So if it takes two coats to paint a white cube black, expect to do at least four coats to paint a black cube white.

Remember to keep the coats thin, otherwise the paint could drip or form wrinkles.

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 Post subject: Re: Spraying Cubes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:16 pm 
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stardust4ever wrote:
thomasbomb wrote:
Would this also work for making Okamoto's cubes white?

Generally speaking, it is easier to cover up a lighter color with a darker one, rather than light over dark. It usually takes twice as many coats of paint to convert a black surface into white than to go from white to black. So if it takes two coats to paint a white cube black, expect to do at least four coats to paint a black cube white.

Remember to keep the coats thin, otherwise the paint could drip or form wrinkles.


I guess I should just keep them black, until I am willing to buy a new one if i mess up :)

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 Post subject: Conclusion
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:24 pm 
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Yeah Thanks :)

And I didn't realize it was a KO...sorry :(

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