Coloring 3D Printed Objects

Adding Color

A comparison of coloring 3D printed objects

Natural PLA

Red PLA

White PLA

How to color what's 3D printed in build IT

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Acrylic Paint

Painted with Sax True Flow acrylic paint in Fire Red

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Pro:

  • Easy to apply
  • Con:

  • Paint coverage

  • How many coats is applied?

    Two coats of acrylic paint.

    Acrylic Paint with Spray Paint

    Painted with Sax True Flow acrylic paint in Fire Red and sprayed with Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear

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    Pro:

  • Little shine
  • Fix the paint coverage from the acrylic
  • Con:

  • Long process
  • How many coats is applied?

    Two coats of acrylic paint and one coat with acrylic crystal clear.

    Spray Paint

    Painted with Rust-Oleum Gloss Apple Red

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    Pro:

  • Fast Process
  • Con:

  • Glossy
  • Does not paint small inside areas
  • Dull
  • How many coats is applied?

    One coat of spray paint.

    Sharpie

    Colored with Red Sharpie

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    Pro:

  • Less materials
  • Fast process
  • Con:

  • Can not reach small inside areas
  • How many coats is applied?

    One coat of sharpie.

    Nail Polish

    Painted with Zoya LC Red

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    Pro:

  • Easy to apply
  • Glossy
  • Con:

  • Heavy smell
  • How many coats is applied?

    One coat of nail polish.