Model + Scenic Painting
Pantone Color Matching
and Custom Finishes
Turn your 3D Printed parts into flawless, presentation-ready models with any color or finished surface appearance.
How to Order
Painting + Finishing: Overview
When Presentation Matters
Our Painting + Finishing services are designed to transform ordinary parts into professionally finished, presentation-ready pieces. Whether it's a trophy for a televised awards show, a hero prop for a commercial production, or a tradeshow display piece -- you want
your items to look perfect. And that's what we do.
All items are fully sanded to smooth perfection, prior to applying any sort of cosmetic finishing. This includes removing "build lines" on the surface of 3D Printed parts. Sculpted or CNC milled foam parts are given an epoxy hard coating prior to cosmetic finishing.
What different types of finishes can I get?
We provide paint matching services to match your color swatches or Pantone color codes. Our full spray booth capabilities include spraypaint, airbrush, and spray gun for high-gloss hard coats or automobile paint.
If you have a specific surface pattern or detailed paint scheme for a figurine or character, we offer hand-painting and figurine painting services.
For metallic finishes, we offer metallic gold and silver painting, as well as gold and chrome electroplating for a lustrous true metallic surface.
If your part requires text or logos on the surface, we accomplish this by creating die-cut decals and placing them on the smooth finished surface of your part.
How do I describe the paint style or finish that I want?
For the best outcome, please send us reference images that show the paint color, detail patterns, or cosmetic surface finish that you'd like applied to your 3D Printed parts.
If you are trying to target a specifc color scheme or finished surface appearance, it's best to provide example images showing other objects with similar appearances that you'd like to match.
How long does it take?
Painting + Finishing services do add production time to an otherwise regular 3D Printing or Custom Fabrication order. If you need color-matched painting of a single color, this will add ~2-3 days to your regular lead time.
Other processes require more time: detailed model painting can add up to 1 week to lead-times, while metallic gold or chrome electroplating typically adds 2 weeks to project lead-times due to the fine level of surface finishing required and the multi-step metallic electroplating process.
Painting + Finishing Capabilities
Model + Scenic Painting
Make realistic-looking parts which are clean and ready for presentation, to pass off as "the real thing." This is popular for display models and set / scenic / wardrobe props for Film + Television productions -- the idea is to create flawless items which hide
all blemishes that arise from fabrication.
Create high-quality action figures, hero props, or unique display pieces -- anything that requires multiple colors on one part can be hand-painted to match a precise coloring scheme.
Patina + Aging
Aged metal patinas can be recreated on the surface of your 3D Printed plastic parts.
Mimic Organic Surfaces
Mimic a naturally-occurring surface appearance such as granite/marble, on the surface of your 3D Printed or sculpted foam parts.
Graphic Decal Application
Die-cut decals are a great way to recreate precise logos and text on parts, without the need to hand-paint or use stencils.
Pantone Color Matching
If you need to match a specific color for your brand, we will mix paints to achieve the right hue, tint, tone, and shade. Provide a color swatch or Pantone code, and we will test shades under multiple lighting conditions until a perfect match is achieved.
Gold Painted 3D Prints
Metallic gold painted parts are not quite as lustrous as electroplated parts, but lead-times are much shorter for painting compared to plating. This is a great option for custom trophies that must be finished on a tight deadline.
Gold Plated 3D Prints
Achieve a lustrous, true metallic true Gold surface finish on your 3D Printed parts, using Copper and Gold electroplating. This requires parts to be 3D Printed in SLA Resin and sanded to maximum 1000-grit smoothness.
Chrome-Plated 3D Prints
Achieve a lustrous, true metallic chrome (Rhodium) surface finish on your 3D Printed parts, using Copper and Rhodium electroplating. This requires parts to be 3D Printed in SLA Resin and sanded to maximum 1000-grit smoothness.
How to Order
Get a Quote
It all starts with a physical object
Painting + Finishing services are provided as an additional step in an order which already involves fabrication of 3D Printed or sculpted foam parts.
If you need your parts to be cosmetically finished after fabrication, then you'll want to start off your project by requesting a quote to build your parts, and include a description of your desired cosmetic appearance.
Sorry, but we don't accept ready-made parts from customers for finishing.
Describing your desired appearance
Send us your own images or artwork, or provide example images which show other existing objects with similar appearances that you'd like to match.
If you need to match a specific color or set of colors for your brand, provide color swatches or Pantone codes.
Fabrication --> Finishing --> Delivery
Your models will be fabricated according to your chosen method of 3D Printing or foam sculpting. Once parts are finished, they are in their raw form and will first be sanded and smoothed to prepare for cosmetic finishing.
Once all surfaces are smoothed and prepped, our team of artists will paint and finish your part to perfection. Note that this process involves down-time for drying and curing for various paints and coatings. Your lead time may vary due to dry-time for multiple or varied coatings, and painted parts are not released until
they are fully dry and cured.
Parts which have been painted or custom-finished may require extra caution in handling. Custom orders are packed and delivered according to the best method to avoid damage or blemishes during transportation.
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