A little painting guide

In theory, painting an Aibo body can be very quick. Disassembling, cleaning and a quick blow over 🙂 But remember a shiny paintjob is never quick.

We start with taking apart the whole body (will not be explained here)
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Step 1 – Washing
Washing in warm water with plenty of washing up detergent, then rinsing thoroughly not only removes any dirt, but also any fingerprint residues. I also give the body a light scrub with a new, but very cheap toothbrush. Be careful when you dry the parts – if you live in a hard water area & need to quickly dry things by hand to avoid water spotting.

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Step 2 -Sanding
For anything but the most basic paintjob, I’d thoroughly recommend sanding, a light rub down with 600 or 800 grit (or finer) Wet & Dry paper. This should be done wet, with a little washing up detergent, not only to improve the lifespan of the paper by avoiding clogging, but also to avoid heat building up, potentially causing surface melt.

Step 3 – Primer
Depending on what paint system you’re using, you’ll probably have a choice of what sort of primer to use. In general, I’d suggest a “plastic” primer as it seems to stick better and is a bit more flexible, and choose a primer colour based on the colour the parts, and the colour you want to paint it. In my experience, most paints are like metallic paints, only much less dense. It can be difficult to build up an even colour, so I’d also recommend an “undercoat” of an inoffensive silver colour.

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Step 4 – Painting
Think about the weather – humidity isn’t much of an issue with primer, but temperature is – I wouldn’t spray much below 10 Celsius. Shake the can thoroughly, around two minutes after the ball has started rattling. Shake again just before I start painting. Test before use, you could have picked up the wrong can 😦 Keep the nozzle a decent distance away from the piece you’re spraying. There will be a distance recommended on the can (for example 20cm to 25cm). I tend to go closer, but it’s amazing how quickly 15cm can go down to 10cm cause problems. Spray in light puffs across the body, note that spraying small pieces does use a disproportionate amount of paint. Don’t try to cover the body in one coat, it really should look pretty rough after the first coat, improving slightly with each coat until, after 4 coats, it looks best. Leave adequate drying time between coats … just how long is dependent on the temperature & how thick you sprayed, but in general, on a warm day (say 25C) you could spray over a light coat after 15 minutes. Leave adequate curing time! Again this will depend on temperature & coat thickness, it might be one day. Don’t try touch it to find out though. Your sense of smell is your friend here! If it still smells of paint, it’s still giving off fumes and isn’t cured.

Step 5 – Assembling

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