Assembly Instructions and Tips
for Painting the Resin Torso Microphone:
- By BillK
THE TORSO MIC
Before doing anything, all resin pieces should be thoroughly washed with
a mild dish detergent and warm water to remove any residual mold release
which could inhibit the paint application.
After the parts are washed and dried they should be sanded with a fine
grit sandpaper to achieve a very smooth finish. If any excess flashing
exists it can be easily sanded off . Be careful, as resin sands very
easily. If there are any small voids or air bubbles from the casting
process they can quickly and easily be filled in with modeling putty such
as “Squadron” green or white putty. Automotive glazing putty can
also be used. Both items are easily found in either hobby shops or
an automotive supply store. Once the putty has dried the area needs
to be sanded smooth again with the fine sandpaper.
Once the prep work is complete, the torso mic housing and screen can both
be primed using a sandable primer such as Krylon or Rustoleum.
Once the primer has dried the mic housing and screen should both be painted
the same silver color you are using. Once the paint is dry the mic
screen should be painted with a light coat of clear semi-gloss sealer.
This is done in preparation for the next step called “washing” which makes
the screen look like a screen.
Washing method - After the clear coat has dried take some flat black water
based acrylic paint which can be purchased at a hobby store or craft store
and apply a liberal coat over the entire mesh surface. Before the
paint dries, take a clean cotton rag and gently wipe the paint off the
highest surfaces of the mesh leaving paint in the valleys. This should
expose the silver paint on the high parts (which is what would actually
be the metal screen on a real mic). Let the paint dry.
Once the paint is dry the mic screen can be glued into the housing.
I would suggest scraping some paint off where you would apply the glue
so it holds better. “Household Goop” is a good all round glue to
Now just drill a hole in the torso and screw mic on using the screw.