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Offline swinks

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Could graphics be applied using printed rice paper and then sealed with a clear coat?

I was checking out a mates surfboard last week and he showed me the logo that he applied under the fibreglass work. He printed a coloured design on to rice paper and then glassed over the rice paper and the printed design and the rice paper could no longer be seen. I am curious if this same approach could be done for possible playfield repairs but more curious for a one off designed playfield. This would be alot cheaper than trying to get a playfield screened and have not heard of anyone in Australia doing direct printing.

Was thinking:
1. cut the playfield out and install inserts and apply a white coat to all areas of graphics to be applied maybe using a cut mask and then a clear coat ?.
2. get a full design printed on rice paper and resin over sealing the art to the playfield
3. possible apply one coat of glass over the art ??
4. apply a few coats of clear ????

found this on the net and the art printing could be a cheap alternative for those one off's
http://www.boardlams.com/products/your-board-logos-design
though just need to find an aussie printer

here is a example on a surfboard, lining up spot on probably would need 2 people


Has anyone tried this, any thoughts from anyone or those who are experienced surfboard makers
« Last Edit: May 03, 2015, 10:50:48 PM by swinks »

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Not sure about rice paper mate but clear coat over a Mylar just breaks off with the ball dropping onto it.  But it's worth a try

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I will experiment with this soon and from reading since it has a 100% α-cellulose structure the clear in theory and definitely resins pass through it, and not sit on top of it like mylar I am guessing as the clear probably isn't attaching well to the mylar making it brittle...??? (wild guessing around that statement)

this looks like the particular type to use for printing - hahnemuhle rice paper
http://www.des-pl.com.au/products/shop-by-category/aqueous-media/fineart/matt-fineart-smooth/hahnemuhle-rice-paper-100gsm

found another video showing another technique - am thinking you could apply the design (with register marks) and then let it cure and then route the inserts and switch slots etc setting the playfield / cnc router with register marks and then clearing.
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this guy knows what he is doing


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Interesting, will be curious how you go with this.
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Jady,

IF you want to do a small test on some ply, I've got a clear coat guy here we can use.

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I am going to check up with a local art shop to see if they have the particular rice paper if not call a couple of surf board maker and go from there

cheers for the offer.
« Last Edit: May 04, 2015, 06:51:43 PM by swinks »