Video - How I Stipple a Reflector

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Video - How I Stipple a Reflector

I figured I would show how I coat a reflector "Stipple".

 

 

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Awesome video, once again! Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks, great job as always!

Used hairspray on my UF-2100, it actually removed the worst ringiness of the beam!

Will try using a bottle of clearcoat I´ve got at home on my D-mag reflector.

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You look and sound exactly like I always imagined! Love

"I'm not gonna show you the holy underwear" Big Smile That video made me laugh and has great info in it. Amazing. Big Smile

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This is a great video, THANKS O-L! It's so different reading about it vs seeing it actually being done.

Will definitely try this when I want more flood in a light, but at the moment I probably has too much floodies. Laughing The only thing I'd like to flood more is the king, but there's no replacement if I mess up the reflector. 

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Very good video. Thanks.

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Thank you so much, I really appreciate you sharing this. I was so impressed with the P-60 Nichia you did it was mind blowing. You transformed one of the worst beams ever to one of the nicest beams I have ever seen.

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Thanks alot for that tutorial!
From now on I will read all your posts with your voice in my head Big Smile

I did almost the same on a P60 reflector (I used hairspray instead of clearcoat), but the problem I had was that I always had a few bigger “drops” in my “spray-stream” wich resulted in a few bigger dots on my reflector…
Do you know this phenomenon? Is it because the spray-can I used had a bad head, that did’nt vaporize the hairspray liquid good enough? Or do you think hairspray is just not really suited? (of course it is not_ really_ suited, but I thoght it might do the job Wink )

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I doubt that a few bigger dots will matter. After all that is the point of making it OP. Wink

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Haha, you da man, Old, you da man :bigsmile: :bigsmile: Great vid! Beer
Would be great to see before and after beam shots, just to see how much throw is affected and how much it smooths beam down Wink

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Whe I first heard about stippling a reflector , some of the practitioners actually damaged the apeture of the spray can to achieve a coarser spray . Others became experts at pushing the button just hard enough to control the coarseness of the spray pattern . Some even felt that a nearly empty can produced the best spray pattern .

 

 

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Philipp wrote:
Thanks alot for that tutorial! From now on I will read all your posts with your voice in my head Big Smile I did almost the same on a P60 reflector (I used hairspray instead of clearcoat), but the problem I had was that I always had a few bigger "drops" in my "spray-stream" wich resulted in a few bigger dots on my reflector... Do you know this phenomenon? Is it because the spray-can I used had a bad head, that did'nt vaporize the hairspray liquid good enough? Or do you think hairspray is just not really suited? (of course it is not_ really_ suited, but I thoght it might do the job Wink )
I think the hair spray is not suited for the job and the spray head will not give a coat like a paint head will.

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Haha, you da man, Old, you da man :bigsmile: :bigsmile: Great vid! Beer Would be great to see before and after beam shots, just to see how much throw is affected and how much it smooths beam down ;)
Yep, I probably need to do that, with the next Maglite D build. Guess I had better write it down, before I forget...

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What am I supposed to remember again?

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For anyone that lacks "holy underwear" just hold it with your hand and wash it off in the sink. That's what I just did a few  minutes ago on one of my reflectors. Big Smile 

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Nice Video Old-Lumens!! Great info.

I thought I could smell paint earlier!! Wink

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Thanks OL, I’ve always wanted to see this as I have a light or two I’d like to apply this treatment too.

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Very informative, thanks for sharing.

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Old-Lumens wrote:
What am I supposed to remember again?

LOL


lol :bigsmile: Who are you? Where am I? :bigsmile:

OK, don’t know where to ask this stuff but will try here: have someone tried SMO reflector with XML and de-domed XML with OP/stripple reflector (same reflector or very similar size)?

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SashiX wrote:
Old-Lumens wrote:
What am I supposed to remember again?

 

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lol :bigsmile: Who are you? Where am I? :bigsmile: OK, don't know where to ask this stuff but will try here: have someone tried SMO reflector with XML and de-domed XML with OP/stripple reflector (same reflector or very similar size)?
I haven't seen any threads on it. I am going to do SMO and Stippled on the Nichia 219 and then on an XM-L T6, but I don't plan on de-doming anything, unless it's by accident. The 219 should be done this week-end and the XM-L might be a couple weeks away. I can't do lumens testing, so it will just be beam shots on the same night, in the same light.

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One thing to be aware of when using this technique on high-powered, heat generating lights is the tendency of the spray to yellow…

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I did this tonight, but the outer part of the reflector smooths out every time (did it twice).
The center looks good though, I wonder what I’m doing wrong, maybe need more distance?

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my bad..
it just depends on the side from which you look.
from the side, it looks like it`s smooth towards the wider end of the reflector.
like in my first pic (even though, in the picture it looks more stippled than in person)

but when I checked it from a different angle, I could see that it was stippled all over the place, as seen in my next picture:

anyway, all is good now!

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Can someone try to stipple only the inner half/part of the reflector? Silly

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SashiX wrote:
Can someone try to stipple only the inner half/part of the reflector? :P
You should try it and report back to us.Wink

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I don’t have any spare reflector Sad I can only try it in my P60 drop-in or HD2010 Flat Stare Wish I had another SMO P60 reflector :~ I only have 2 spare switches that came with Xeno and ITP, and a bunch of o-rings :bigsmile:

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Thanks for posting this Old-Lumens. I can't wait to try it out.

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Will this technique remove the donut hole when using say an MKR?

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It will not remove the donut hole. The best way to lessen the donut hole is by moving the reflector up or down to get the best focus. After that, the stippling will "help" smooth things out.

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Gtamazing wrote:
Will this technique remove the donut hole when using say an MKR?

Mmmmmm, donuts…