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Chapter 8. Liquid Len Meets DiscoHead: > Assembling the Base - Pg. 226

Liquid Len Meets DiscoHead A Note on Finishing PVC If you're gonna brave the perils of doing a proper finish on the PVC fittings, you'll need to be prepared for appalling amounts of gritty white residue from the sanding process. It's messy stuff to work with, but the trick to making PVC pipe fittings look not like PVC pipe fittings is aggressive surface preparation. Sand out mould flashing and extraneous moulded-in details, then take the entire surface area down to a smooth matte finish with progressively finer sanding grits. Take your time, be thorough, and you'll be rewarded with surfaces that more closely resemble ivory or bleached bone than a product of the injection moulding process. I was honestly 1 clean; I resolved the issue with a few light coats of clear matte lacquer. If you want a finish that's not white, look closely at an acrylic spraypaint like Krylon's Fusion, which is specifically intended to permanently bond to plastic surfaces, reducing or eliminating the threat of chips, flakes, and scratches. Personally, I'm not in love with the "designer colour palette" offered, but some of the metallics look okay. If you want to regain the high-gloss look you just sanded off in the name of flashing removal, an acrylic floor wax like Future Acrylic is a rightly legendary Makers' way of makin' stuff shiny. Swab on a coat with a lintless rag, hang to dry in a dust-