Painting Prints

What you'll need

  • Spraypaint
  • Drill
  • Dowel
  • Wood block
  • Nail buffing sticks
  • Fiber backed polishing paper
  • Tack cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Spray clearcoat
  • Safety equipment: gloves and mask

1. Mount the primed part

Drill a starter hole in an inconspicuous spot and mount the primed part on a thin dowel. Insert the dowel into the wood block.

Primed and mounted 3D print

2. Polish the surface

Using the nail buffing sticks, gently polish the surface starting with level #2 (buff) and finishing with level #3 (polish) until the surface is glossy.

Polish the surface

3. Remove dust

Run a tack cloth over the surface to remove dust.

Remove dust

4. Stir the paint

Gently swirl the can for 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir the paint


Avoid shaking the can to prevent bubbly paint.

5. Spray on the undercoat

Always start and end your spray off of the model. Keep the nozzle 6” away and move quickly across the surface while rotating the model. Let the model dry for 20 to 30 minutes between layers. Apply a total of 2 to 3 layers.

Spraying undercoat


Polish between layers with the finest sanding paper and a polishing stick for a glossy finish.

6. Mask areas you want to keep in the undercoat

Cut the masking tape with scissors or an X-Acto knife. Apply the tape firmly. Press down on the edges to keep paint from seeping underneath.

Mask print

7. Apply the topcoat (optional)

A contrasting topcoat can create rich gradients. 1 or 2 light topcoats is enough.

Applying topcoat

8. Finish with the clearcoat

Apply 1 to 2 thin layers of clearcoat.

Finish with clearcoat

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