Finishing

Removing Support Material

The four parts that were printed with support material will need to be cleaned up. We recommend using a pair of flat pilers to help remove the material. 

Removal Technique

A simple technique is to pinch, grip, twist and pull. PLA material is rather tough to remove so you'll have to be careful not to break the part but apply enough force to remove supports.

Painting

You can optionally paint the parts with spray paint or acyrlic based paints. We used a chrome colored spray paint for the parts in this project. Make sure to take proper precautions when using spray paint. Be sure to do it outdoors or in a well ventilated working area. Check out instructables for some tips on properly applying spray paint.

Weathering Techniques

Check out instructables for some weathering tips. We used heavy gritted sandpaper on the parts after letting the paint dry for a few hours. About 15 minutes of sanding achieves a weathered look. 

Apply Adhesives

These parts will require adhesives to join together. A total of 6 parts are halfs that will be combined to make 3 parts.

Half Parts Joined

The barrel, neopixel ring disk diffuser and eye sight are joined together with adhesives. Keep the halfs held together with either rubberbands or by holding them while the adhesives bond the parts together. Ensure they're fully dried before using them.

This guide was first published on Nov 04, 2014. It was last updated on Nov 04, 2014.
This page (Finishing) was last updated on Jun 27, 2020.