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    Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    I'm running into a problem every time I paint: drying and curing. Due to where I live, it's mostly wet and hot. Meaning on average I usually have to wait a month to let the paint cure before I put the figure back together. So, I was wondering if a food dehydrator could cut me some time and problems, what are your thoughts?

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    Re: Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    Safer to get something like this:

    https://www.amazon.com/HFS-38L-Digit...N28M9NTKRN385K

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    Re: Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiz33 View Post
    I would, but I don't have that kinda money and I'm on a budget.

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    Re: Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by SenileSun View Post
    I would, but I don't have that kinda money and I'm on a budget.
    I've seen people use a bright lamp (not LED), the main concern is how low can you set the temp on the dehydrator and if you plan on using it for food afterward. Moving to Lacquer based paint or using alcohol to thin your aqueous paint may help speed up the process.

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    Re: Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiz33 View Post
    I've seen people use a bright lamp (not LED), the main concern is how low can you set the temp on the dehydrator and if you plan on using it for food afterward. Moving to Lacquer based paint or using alcohol to thin your aqueous paint may help speed up the process.
    How about a heat lamp with a 40 watt bulb that is about 14 inches away? Eh, I bought one to test it out anyway with some spare parts.

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    Re: Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    Start far away and see, you don't want to get it more than luke warm.

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    Re: Food dehydrator to dry and cure paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiz33 View Post
    Start far away and see, you don't want to get it more than luke warm.
    I started with 14 inches away and let it sit for 6 hours, every 30 mins I checked(and cataloged) the pieces. They stayed a moderately warm with no warping, I also pressed into some of the pieces to see if they would warp with force and they did not, infact, the plastic stayed just as hard as before.


 

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