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#1 Sean

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:33 AM

I've been lurking around the forum for a couple weeks since deciding to do my first "serious" build (did lots of models when I was a kid, but not much detail to 'em) and I read about using a food dehydrator to dry/cure/etc the Testors enamel (I'll be airbrushing it). I've been wanting to get one for awhile to dry meat and fruit with, and I'm wondering if I could use one for both applications (assuming I pick up some extra racks; wouldn't use the same ones!). Since I'm a college student, I don't really have the cash to go out and buy two of em and I can't justify buying one just to do one model here and there.

P.S. Thanks to everyone for the great info on this forum! Some of the models posted in the "Under Glass" forum are pure porn! :lol:

#2 george 53

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:11 AM

:P WoW Sean,that's a good question! I've had one for years an I've NEVER used it for anything other than drying paint. I don't see how it could hurt, cause I've never noticed any kind of residual odor comin from it after I've used it, But to be on the safe side, If you do dry meat or fruit or whatever, let yer frens eat it first, that way you can experiment on them an use the results to further your quest for knowledge into the model car world! Now,.......PARTY ON!!!!!!! :lol:

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:43 AM

:D WoW Sean,that's a good question! I've had one for years an I've NEVER used it for anything other than drying paint. I don't see how it could hurt, cause I've never noticed any kind of residual odor comin from it after I've used it, But to be on the safe side, If you do dry meat or fruit or whatever, let yer frens eat it first, that way you can experiment on them an use the results to further your quest for knowledge into the model car world! Now,.......PARTY ON!!!!!!! :lol:




haha george thats funny. Sean one rule thats most importent in model car building is never use something that u used on a model in your house hold. Like the dehydrater. Never use it for food again to be on the safe side and i would try it either. So no dont use for food.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 12:39 PM

I agree, better safe than sorry. Using a dehydrator for both models and food might be ok, but why risk it? Dehydrators are fairly cheap. I'd buy an el-cheapo one at Walmart to use strictly for models. Shouldn't cost more than $25-30 bucks.

In fact there's one here for less than $30:

http://www.walmart.c...o...ind&ic=48_0

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:25 PM

Bah, I didn't think about a flea market! :lol: Maybe I should hit up the thrift stores while I'm at it.
I guess I could have come to the conclusion on my own; it's just that the tab on this project is really starting to rack up! :( (paint, brushes, small stuff, etc. is killing me hehe)

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 05:09 AM

:blink: :blink: :rolleyes:
And use your airbrush for basting...........

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:10 PM

I just got a used hydrator from eBay I'm going to dedicate to drying my paint jobs. It's round, and is essentially 4 discs that are stacked on one another. Each disc is about 1.5" tall, and has a diameter of about 15". Each disc contains a tray, that has a lot of vents in it, to let the air through. The tray and the disc are one unit. Of course, there' a fan at the top and a heater.

I'm trying to figure out how to modify this to use as a paint-dryer. The best idea I've come up with so far is to get some type of aluminum sheet I can fashion into a cylinder, around two of the discs, and join them somehow-- maybe with epoxy or even duct tape. Because there is no way I can squeeze a model car between those thin layers of trays. I'm wondering if this is what's typically done.

What are some of they ways you guys have used to convert the dehydrator into a paint dryer? Any help will be appreciated. Some photos would really help.
Thanks in advance!

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:46 AM

i have fd60 for ab drying but i have fd 90 for jurky.. ive gotten 20 trays for it at 20.00 a pr ... go to www.marysdeydrator for books and more trays ... doing that thing it for 30 years ..... ab drying and food i say yes it can be done the fd60 you will need 4 ex trays ...cut core out of 4 trays put your kits inside the cavaitiy to dry .. lay wax paper on bottom or not ..the fan blows out ward .. the food will be above any paint (resadue) its called posative flow .....for food trays keep 4 sep with bottoms still in res for food only .check it out make sure frist ..jr

Edited by mr cheap, 26 September 2011 - 02:52 AM.