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    Help me with Paint

    I am making a huge Pinhole/convertible/lens camera

    I want good matte black inside

    Dirty white matte outside

    Surfaces are new Baltic Birch plywood

    Prefer no spray and low smell

    At least 60 sq ft inside and out

    Maybe rental spray outside as it covers fast

    Box is 2X2X3 feet +

    The camera back was delivered today, the rest in a week

    Later a nose cone bellows
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    Re: Help me with Paint

    I have some flat black spray paint from the big box store, it works well.

    I also got some Black 2.0 off eBay, which is the flattest, blackest paint you can buy.

    More expensive, but also works well, especially on non-metallic surfaces.
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    Re: Help me with Paint

    Maybe this: https://www.rosebrand.com/product233...Scenic%2bPaint

    I've also used Stuart Semple Black 2.0. It's my go-to for interior retouching in cameras, and it is really nice and matte, but it looks like you would go through many expensive bottles of it to cover the amount of space you're looking to do.

    Another thing to look at is EMF shielding paint, which is also a matte black. (I mean to say, there is a kind that uses carbon for the conductive element, which is matte black. Other shielding paints might be shiny silvery coppery, depending).

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    Re: Help me with Paint

    Good advice, thanks!

    I wood! prefer to roll paint on the panels before assembly

    However, I worry that will be bad for glue and screw, lessening glue adhesion, does that blue masking tape interfere?

    I will be glueing 1/2 sq hardwood dowels at all intersections, then paint

    What glue is recommended?
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    Re: Help me with Paint

    You could roll the paint on before assembly, getting as close to the edges as possible, assemble, and then touch up the corners with a brush after it’s put together.


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    Re: Help me with Paint

    Good idea!

    I will do that

    The top of the box will be removable

    Thank you
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    Re: Help me with Paint

    I would use either Titebond or Elmer’s carpenters glue. Lol, I buy it by the gallon, right now I have Elmer’s because that’s what my local hardware store had at the time. I like the Gluebot glue bottles. https://www.fastcap.com/product/glubot-family

    For the Baltic Birch plywood I'd use a Satin Polyurethane on the exterior but that’s just me.

    Sounds like a fun project.

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    Re: Help me with Paint

    I will take your advice on both glue, the glue bottle, and Satin Poly

    Do you know where to get chest metal corners?

    This is more like a chest than anything else

    I tried to find 'off the shelf' nothing was heavy duty

    I almost cut holes in LN SINAR Shoulder Pack box, but not the right size
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    Re: Help me with Paint

    Have you considered blacking the pinhole with candle soot? Should be easy to do.

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    Re: Help me with Paint

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    Have you considered blacking the pinhole with candle soot? Should be easy to do.
    After the revolution, perhaps

    However candle soot may contain wax, closing the hole

    Dried leaves…from last season
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