How to Prime and Paint 3D Printed Parts

If you’re an industrial designer, digital artist, character designer, or model maker, this guide on how to paint 3D printed parts is for you.

Spray paint has an image problem. Most often seen on graffiti, dripping utility signs, and patch jobs on rusty cars, designers often use it for quick coverage and a flat surface instead of detailed, artistic effects. But with the right technique, spray paint creates smooth surfaces and
deep color gradients.

You’ll learn how to achieve a glossy, smooth finish similar to a car surface—transforming your part from a simple 3D print from your Formlabs 3D printer, to a final product ready to display.

Included in the How to Prime and Paint 3D Printed Parts

  • How to Paint 3D Printed Parts
  • Step by Step: Priming 3D Printed Parts
    • Materials
    • Tool Checklist
    • Painting Steps
  • Step by Step: Painting 3D Printed Parts
    • Materials
    • Tool Checklist
    • Painting Steps

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