Step 1: Our Professional's Background
Kyle explains that there are infinite possibilities for getting your paint on with Sphero. You can work with transparent kandys that will let Sphero’s LED shine through (like the pink ball before) or go with a pearlescent finish that masks Sphero’s glow (like the blue and silver balls). You can add sparkly flakes, overlay airbrush techniques and kandys, or go for the gold and work in a combination of all of the above. We'll explain how the SpaceParty rainbow Sphero was created using supplies you can find at your local hardware store.
Step 2: Steps 1-7
2. Get your shells ready for paint! Scuff them with a Red Scotch-Brite pad, then apply a plastic adhesion promoter. Make sure to wipe your shells down with an ammonia-free glass cleaner before applying the adhesion promoter.
3. Spray the shells with a clear base coat, and you’re ready to roll. If clear base isn’t available, you can start painting with your foundation color.
4. From here you have options. To make outlines such as the “Nyan Cat” logo, print your masks from a computer. You can also get spray masks for more intricate designs. Paint over these masks. You’ll pull them off later to reveal the design.
5. Spray on your desired colors or patterns as you wish. To create straight lines, you’ll need a stretchy tape for masking called “blue 3M fineline”. This will allow you to make creative custom designs and ensure both sides of the ball match perfectly.
6. You can add sparkle with a “metaflake” paint to get the same effect as the SpaceParty Sphero. Layer and play with different effects until it’s just right.
7. Apply your final automotive-grade polyurethane clear coat for UV and scuff protection, and then let Sphero dry for a day.