I am coming back to this project after some time away. I finished the 3rd version of my lockdown bar and am very happy with it. This is what I did. Major changes were I used XTC 3d to smooth the print. And a larger layer height to speed up the print and to see if it would make a difference in quality. I was very happy with results.
Process for Mk3 Lockdown Bar.
-Print in 3 pieces. Layer height 0.28 and 15% infill
-Glued with Superglue Gel and clamped
-Wet sanded with 150,220,320. Surface was smoothish but still had lines and sounded like vinyl.
-XTC3D with foam brush. After drying overnight surface hard and glassy but with small furrows from print lines and bubbles.
-Wet Sanded 220,320,500+. Surface is now very smooth and hard. Signs of furrows and bubbles mostly gone.
-3 (2 light 1 medium 10 min apart) quick coats of Duplicolor 2-1 sandable fillable primer.
-Wet sanding 220,320,500,1000,1200. Surface very smooth and hard. :-) BUT glue seams still very visible. :-(
-Bondo putty on glue seams. <-Should have done this step and sanded it before priming.
-Dry Sand bondo putty
-Repeated primer coats to cover Bondo.
-Dry sanded (Bondo takes 8+hrs to dry enough for wet sanding) 500,1000,1200.
-3-4 light coats of Duplicolor Metallic 1-2 minutes apart.
-Lightly sanded with 1200
-3-4 coats of Krylon Crystal Clear
It looks and feels amazing. The only flaw is one side the glue seam is still visible. I could have done a better job with the Bondo there. But it just looks like a small scratch and its not enough of a flaw to redo the whole thing.
Note thicker layer lines largely disappeared after XTC and sanding. Probably no point in going with a .2 or lower layer height for this print.
I also uploaded a version of the model to 3d warehouse. I will probably put it on thingverse once I finish the design.
I am working on a fourth version now. I plan to print it as two pieces instead of three, use a piece of wood as a backbone to strengthen it, and a different method of smoothing that should hide the seams and layer lines without a bunch of sanding.
Edited by Quinalt, 06 December 2019 - 07:20 AM.