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Dactyl Manuform Tight finishing

Finishing steps of this Dactyl Manuform Tight build explained by urban_nurd.

This build is based on Okke's repo, just like this one featured in KBD#11.

However, beside more pics, this time we get some insight into the arduous finishing process:

My method will vary from others, but that is how it was done in the short. This was on an FDM printer (Ender 3 v2) and I did use specific products during the refining process.
First, base sand and wash followed up with a contrasting primer to then sand over and find the low spots in the print. When the low spots were found, I filled in the holes and gaps with wood filler. This was repeated with sanding after each session until the print was smooth to liking (noting 80 and 120 grit in this phase).
Next, I moved on to the filler primer (2k Rapid Filler Primer by Spray Max). For each coat, a total of 3 was followed with wet sanding with 800 grit sandpaper. as to file them afterward after all the paint.
1500 for the final sanding very light to smooth out to touch. No final coating as well, the camo paint is pretty solid if left to cure for the full 7 days – urban_nurd.

Published on Thu 16th Sep 2021. Featured in KBD #44 (source).


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