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SawdustTX

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01-24-2022 03:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paint painting small holes painting holes flat black stage props stage furniture

As usual, finishing is the hard part of every project.
Making stage prop stands, so everything gets a flat black finish.
Thought I could get away with not painting the insides of the mounting holes and slots. I was wrong. They really show especially when light hits them.

Holes are 3/16”
Slots are 1/4”

These are quick and dirty stands, not fine furniture, so my criteria are:
1. No spraying, needs to be some kind of hand painting
2. I’m not repainting the faces so whatever I do has to only cover inside the holes
3. the inside of the holes/slots are relatively smooth, but some sharp edges. Tried a Q-tip, it just gets shredded
4. I am not sanding the insides of all those slots. :)
4. has to be quick, like an hour max to do all 80+ holes and slots

Anyone have a brilliant idea how to accomplish this? May just have to live with it?

Thanks LJ’s!
-Steve

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11


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hotbyte

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#1 posted 01-24-2022 03:53 PM

Small artist brush from a hobby store.

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#2 posted 01-24-2022 04:01 PM



Small artist brush from a hobby store.

- hotbyte


I think that will take forever? I’m trying to think of something I can dip in paint, drag down the slot, done. Feel like an artist brush is so small it doesn’t hold much paint and will have to be dipped every 1/2”? I’ll try it, thanks!

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#3 posted 01-24-2022 04:03 PM

Hunter Biden and a straw.

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#4 posted 01-24-2022 04:04 PM

I can’t really tell how big the holes are but i have used those small foam rollers(like for touch ups) to do stuff like that. They hold a bunch of paint and they squish to fit into holes smaller than them.

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Knockonit

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#5 posted 01-24-2022 04:16 PM

qtip and lots of them, and second hunter and straw, funny stuff
Rj in az

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#6 posted 01-24-2022 04:22 PM

The 3/16” holes and maybe the slots too, You may do well with pipe cleaners. They may act like little round paint pads. They should both hold paint and deposit it on the desired surface.

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#7 posted 01-24-2022 04:22 PM



I can’t really tell how big the holes are but i have used those small foam rollers(like for touch ups) to do stuff like that. They hold a bunch of paint and they squish to fit into holes smaller than them.

- SMP


they don’t fit. Holes are 3/16, slots are 1/4” :(

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#8 posted 01-24-2022 04:23 PM

Haven’t done this, but it’s the first thing I’d try: cut a sliver off a foam paintbrush and mount it on the end of a Q-Tip with the tip cut off using 5-minute epoxy.

Edit: Pipe cleaners! Brilliant.

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SawdustTX

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#9 posted 01-24-2022 04:23 PM



qtip and lots of them, and second hunter and straw, funny stuff
Rj in az

- Knockonit


per my post, tried that. :( The q-tip shreds immediately and leaves paint soaked cotton blobs in the holes/slots.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#10 posted 01-24-2022 04:25 PM



The 3/16” holes and maybe the slots too, You may do well with pipe cleaners. They may act like little round paint pads. They should both hold paint and deposit it on the desired surface.

- controlfreak


I feel like this might work! Now where does one buy pipe cleaners? thanks!

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#11 posted 01-24-2022 04:26 PM

You can get nylon spiral wound pipe/engine oil passage bristle brushes in a wide range of diameters.

I think even Harbor Freight sells these sets.

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controlfreak

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#12 posted 01-24-2022 04:28 PM


I feel like this might work! Now where does one buy pipe cleaners? thanks!

- SawdustTX


I got to thinking about this as pipe smoking has gone away mostly but Hobby Lobby or Amazon should have them.

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DS

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#13 posted 01-24-2022 04:28 PM



Haven t done this, but it s the first thing I d try: cut a sliver off a foam paintbrush and mount it on the end of a Q-Tip with the tip cut off using 5-minute epoxy.

Edit: Pipe cleaners! Brilliant.

- Chenier

+1
I would be making a tiny foam brush by attaching a cut off portion to the stem of a Q-tip.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#14 posted 01-24-2022 04:43 PM

Spray paint with one of those little straw things that come on WD40 cans? Small paint gun, like ones used on little toy cars. Or put a blob of paint down in it then use a tooth pick or something like that to slush it around and coat the inside
Or screw the paint and use dye or something like that.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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SawdustTX

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#15 posted 01-24-2022 04:43 PM



You can get nylon spiral wound pipe/engine oil passage bristle brushes in a wide range of diameters.

I think even Harbor Freight sells these sets.

- splintergroup

I have these for cleaning my spray guns, off to try this now.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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