A Note on Translucent Paint (for the LED module)

If you’re considering making a glowing LED module from the tutorial in our book (buy it here for $5) then you’re going to need translucent paint in the color that you want everything to glow. For Dino’s costume, he used a blue paint to make his circles glow blue:

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but of course, you can use whatever color you want. We suggest using a spray version of the color, either in airbrush or spray paint form, since you may get brush strokes with brush-on translucent paint.

The best option would be to go to your local hobby or hardware store and pick up one there. We really like Tamaiya paints:

Tamaiya translucent blue is the one above, but Amazon has many colors available. If you have a hobby store like Hobby Town USA around though, definitely go check them out since it’s usually better to look at colors in person.

If you can’t find Tamaiya, any translucent paint that says it’s good on plastics will do! Just make sure not to put it on too thick, you want a nice, even coating.

We’re working on a post that will have links to products (like soldering irons, etc) that we talk about in our book up soon!

Thanks for reading!

 

Note: some links in this post lead to Amazon and are affiliate links.

 

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