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Post  reeft1 Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:25 pm

Saw a clip on Youtube of a guy who uses one of these food dehydrators to get a good paint bake quickly on models - temperature range 30c - 70c - thought i'd give it a go. Will let you know whether its worth the £45 invested.

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Post  brian Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:38 pm

Ive heard of a guy on another forum using one of these as well to cure the paint faster. Definitely let us know how it goes

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Post  bmd Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:36 pm

paul, not being familiar with these, is it large enough to house a 1:18 or just the wee ones?  Smile
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Post  reeft1 Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:48 pm

Give me the typical dinensions of 1/18 and i'll have a measure up. Might be too small.
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Post  bmd Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:20 pm

roughly 10" x 5"  m8.... cheers  Smile
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Post  reeft1 Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:58 pm

10" x 5 1/2" fits inside the one i ordered - maybe 5-10mm spare. You can see in the pictures that there are a number of trays - you have to effectively cut out the centre of the trays apart from the bottom one (which the car rests on) and the cover - you need to do this to keep the height as each shelf is only about 1 1/2" deep.
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Post  bmd Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:01 pm

good stuff, cheers paul.  Smile 
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Post  Hampton Caught Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:41 pm

Looks a great idea, Paul, will be very interested to see how you get on with it.

Is it me or does anyone else find yellow paints take longer to harden than other colours?! Would make a great test to pray yellow and see how long the paint takes to cure and how hard it becomes. I've had to reword that sentence, as it was a neat (rude) double-entendre!  Embarassed 

Mind you, I expect SWMBO would blow a fuse if I bought one of these.... and no, that's not a double-entendre either!  Rolling Eyes   Very Happy 

Thanks for posting and look forward to your findings Paul. Cheers, Steve
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Post  daivideo Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:25 pm

Have you got a link for the You Tube clip?
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Post  reeft1 Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:44 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eC-f_b-xhA

as an American, temps he mentions will be farrenheit - dont try and bake a car at 110c :-)



UPDATE - cant vouch for yellow paint, but it works on bananas for a trial run! I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to this type of thing, but the instructions say dont run it for more than 72hrs constant - not sure i'd feel happy running overnight/leaving unattended, but equally not sure of the implications of stop starting.

Cant remember if the clip says this, but i think warm paint is soft so you need to let it cool back down before handling. What we need is paint guru Colin Cazzo to opine on this!

Before cutting up the trays i might see if i can fashion a collar of thin plastic to get the height - that way if it doesnt work out i can sell it without a load of useless trays Smile
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Post  Hampton Caught Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:01 pm

Wow! He's very keen, perhaps obsessed even. He's got decals all over his hands and arms!  lol! 

There's mention of the heater having a fan. Is there any danger of dust in the air being sucked into the drying area?

Have you given the beastie a go in anger yet?

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Post  reeft1 Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:22 pm

Need to laquer some cars this weekend. May give it a go then.
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Post  Hampton Caught Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:35 pm

Excellent, Paul. Let us know how you get on.

Cheers, Steve
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Post  reeft1 Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:39 pm

Sunday Roast.........

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So far, it does what its meant to - noticeably quicker dry time. I replaced all bar the bottom shelf and the lid with gaffer taped plasticard - means i dont have to cut the shelves.
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Post  Cazzo Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:05 pm

reeft1 wrote:Cant remember if the clip says this, but i think warm paint is soft so you need to let it cool back down before handling. What we need is paint guru Colin Cazzo to opine on this!


Yes Paul all that is 100% true.... well maybe not the "paint guru Colin Cazzo" part  lol! 

It would be best to let the model/parts cool before handling them,
You could lift the models to move them somewhere to cool but I'd advise letting them sit to fully cure before working with them,

Them models look well sitting in there, you should get good results when finished Wink


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Post  newt5550 Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:15 pm

Nice to see it working Paul.

Was thinking of getting one but don't know if i can be bothered anymore. Loosing interest lately.
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Post  reeft1 Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:25 pm

Oh no / not you as well Sad
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Post  Hampton Caught Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:56 pm

Hi Paul,

Thanks for posting the pics of the drier in use.

Do you get much paint smell coming from the unit when it's working?

Let us know what the paint is like onces it's been dried and cooled off again to cure. Is it any harder/ tougher than equivalent paint kept at ambient temperature?

And Chris, what's all this about then?! 'Loosing interest lately'!  affraid  Eh!!? Come on, keep with the programme!!  scratch  Use 'The Force' if necessary, but don't lose interest!

Cheers both, Steve
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Post  newt5550 Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:11 pm

Not totally out of it quite yet. Sold alot off but i still have my MG/Rovers and some MK2's. Just lost me mojo me thinks  scratch 
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