Gelli on Aluminum

I’m new here, but hopefully can get an answer. I build guitar pedals and am really interest in using gelli plates to print onto the face of the pedal. The pedals are bare aluminum. So, can I just use regular acrylic paints and if anyone has any pointers, it’d be appreciated.

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Have you looked into using alcohol inks on metal instead? I use them for painting washers and smaller items but I use a brush or drop the colors on. Never really thought to use my gelli for metal, but don’t see why not! It would sure make some beautiful patterns!

Article on printing on metal…tinfoil is of interest!

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I know nothing about painting on metal but I’d love to hear more about the guitar pedals you’re building!

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This sounds like a really cool project. I wonder if @geekgirl has gelli printed on metal?

I just gelli plate on paper and fabric but never on metal. Will give a try

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I’ve only ever tried it on embossed aluminum foil and didn’t have great success. i was using liquitex basics acrylics. and was printing on the shiny side and the paint just wiped off even after drying.

I think bare aluminum might work better and you would definitely want to use some sort of sealer.

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I knew you’d have some insight.

I wonder if priming first would help, too.

oh yeah, it definitely would

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Priming and/or maybe scratching it up first so the acrylic has something to stick to.

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All good ideas to try!

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Wow. Thanks so much for the great suggestions. So, the pedal will be primed and painted with acrylic spray paint first. It won’t go straight into the bare metal. Here’s a pedal I did but just used Stazon and rubber stamps. I wanna up my game a little. Thanks again.

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