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How do I tri-color a large volume of small objects? Answered

I have a thousand small plastic items (white) that I need to color red white and blue.  They will be for sale so I may need to repeat this process multiple times.  Painting would be very time-consuming, so I'm hoping there's another process.  Any ideas?  

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petercd

3 years ago

Usually screenprinting is the way to go, each screen has a separate color.

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Pyanochickpetercd

Answer 3 years ago

Does this work on items that aren't flat? My item is a white Spiro nose clip. This is a novelty item I'm going to sell and I'm trying to keep my price point and the time invested low. Looking for Red, white, and blue on everything but the part that actually clips the nose. IDEAS?

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steveastroukPyanochick

Answer 3 years ago

What paints stick to the plastic ?

I'd clip them to a rail by the nose you don't want to colour, then dip them in a tank of red. Let dry, then dip them in blue, only not as deep. Leave the nose piece white.

You'd need a low viscosity paint, and skin safe too.

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Pyanochicksteveastrouk

Answer 3 years ago

That's practical and Rustoleum makes a paint that sticks to plastic but the time consumption is what concerns me if sales really pick up. I was hoping there was a sort of vinyl wrap or some such that's really quick.

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steveastroukPyanochick

Answer 3 years ago

You could readily do hundreds per hour. You'd need to make many rails, have dip tanks of paint and, more importantly, somewhere to let the paint dry carefully.

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petercdPyanochick

Answer 3 years ago

Not really, but you didnt mention that they were 3d.

You also dont specify whether you want stripes or left curve red, the "v" white and right curve blue.

More specifics in a question leads to more detailed answers.

Hydrodipping is my final answer, 50 or more at a time, depending on your size water tank/ hydro film.

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mole1

3 years ago

Dipping them in dye?

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Pyanochickmole1

Answer 3 years ago

Thanks, I've considered that but like the paint dipping, I'm trying to speed up the process because I anticipate having to do large quantities quickly.