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 Post subject: Puzzle Painting Advice Needed
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:33 pm 
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Recently, I've acquired a few tiled puzzles in my "arsenal," and there are a few white tiles that I am planning on painting black. I've seen various methods of painting puzzles such as dyeing and spraypainting; however, I would like some written advice on what is best to do. I've seen that in Tony Fisher's videos, he applies one or two coats of black spray paint to his puzzles to give him a clean, finished product. From personal experience, I've had spray painting work, except the rounded corners of pieces would either rub off or chip away, revealing the piece's original color. (Perhaps my spray paint is wear-resistant/heavy-duty enough?) Afterwards, I was informed that using lylac to preserve the paint would suffice. In my experience, the lylac leaves ugly, small air bubbles and eventually, the corners' paint would rub away like the spray paint did (after being abused and carried around in a bag around campus).
What is a good method for painting pieces in which the paint will not rub away after "bag abuse" and constant repainting will not be needed?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Painting Advice Needed
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:03 pm 
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Unfortunately, paint does scratch and wear over time, because it is applied as a thin coat.

Did you consider dyeing? (not to be confused with dying!)

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Painting Advice Needed
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:19 pm 
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No, I haven't! I'm not too familiar with the dyeing process, are there any dyes that you recommend for heavy duty abuse in a bag of books?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Painting Advice Needed
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I am sceptical that any colouring method will work on regular white plastic.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Painting Advice Needed
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:05 am 
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I have successfully dyed a couple of ABS plastic puzzles (one white and one blue) black using the acetone + RIT dye method, but the dye does not penetrate very deeply so I wouldn't expect it to survive harsh treatment like you describe.

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