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Apologies if these topics have been covered before but I could not find the specific answers .

1. As a safe bet for finishes I generally go for Danish Oil. The problem is that the more complex models are difficult to finish with brushes so I have been looking at spray painting but I know very little about this . Does anyone have any thoughts on the best device ? Spray guns seem to be too big and airbrushes too small.

2. Safe finishes for toys for children : The only thing internet searches have in common is that there are so many contradictions . Is Danish oil safe ? Should I look at mineral oil ? Etc .

3. Model plans . Most of the best plans are inevitably in inches but I have been using centimetres all my life and have trouble getting the conversions right . The actual conversions are simple maths but the difficulty is applying these for every part and trying to visualise what the finished model will look like. Does anyone have any thoughts on this .

Many thanks in advance ,

Tony

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Tony T. maybe they could offer when buying a print buy it in centimeters or inches. We all would be lost if it all went to centimeters LOL Mineral Oil is pretty standard and readily available here in the US. So if it is not available there most oils will work with the right mix of beeswax. I personally found reading these prints and trying to decipher some of these numbers on the prints. Wish it was Thick=Width=Depth=Height= (T X W X D X H) Example: 5/16"T X14"W X 4"D X6"T  (just my opinion) I know the prints also have the thickness added to the print which is a little confusing as well to me because I am not used to it maybe. I normally buy a print and spend a hour going through it myself and changing it to speed my process up.
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I did some extensive research on nontoxic finishes when I decided I was going to sell toys. I can to the conclusion that what nontoxic means is that if you eat it you will not need a trip to the emergency room. All of the modern finishes sold in the US are nontoxic when cured. Dry to the touch is not cured.  Some oil based finishes can take up to 30 days to cure. Some oil based finishes never cure.

If you want to try airbrushes the Badger Anthem is the one you want. I tried a lot of air brushes before I found these. They can spray a fine line or be use for spraying large areas. They are as close to a perfect fit as you will find for toymaking. It nearly perfect.

Spraying with any method is expensive. You need hoses, compressors, regulators, extra jars, paint strainers and many other odds and ends. Plus if you want to spray indoors you really need a spray booth. 

Brush painting can be done indoors with only proper ventalation and some good brushes. 




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I was watching the Vikings on the History channel Bob and for some reason thought about you making toys..Hmmm.. Anyway, thanks for the info for sure. 



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Many thanks Mike and Bob for the very useful info. TonyT
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I have searched ; paint  wash  stain, What none of these hit was the process in Toobye Dumper Truck pg10. The see through paint finish. I scanned the instructions and did not see the process. Help. please.
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I don't understand your question?
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Hi EcurbYtlew,

To achieve a colored transparent finish on our toys we use waterbased acrylic crafts paints that are easily available at Hobby Lobby, Michael's Crafts or online. These paints are waterproof when dry.

Sand the bare wood with 220 grit sandpaper. Apply one or two coats of the crafts paint but make sure it's transparent by adding a little water to the paint before you paint it on. Let dry.

Then sand lightly with 400 grit sandpaper to flatten the wood nap/grain that raises up slightly from the wood getting wet. Apply the last transparent coat of the watered down crafts paint, and do not sand. Let dry.

If you want the toy to be glossy you can add a final coat of spray or brush on polyurethane. We like Krylon's spray-on Triple Thick Clear Glaze or MinWax's brush-on clear polyurethene gloss.

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I would mix a little paint and water to test it on a piece of wood you don't care about. Once you put this on your toy it's on there. Keep in mind that the more water you add the weaker the paint is if you get to much water the molecules in the paint are to far apart to bond properly. A rule of thumb is no more than 20% water. Two parts water and eight parts paint. However, different paints will react differently even different colors from the same company. I like to use distilled water to thin with just in case there is some thing in the water that reacts badly with the paint.

You could also use dyes. Click here.

There are other dyes that are made for wood. Click here and read.






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Thanks to both of you!
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