Friday, May 8, 2009

Altering an ATG, Part Two + New Blog Feature

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Life on the {Scrap}beach!

Before we get into altering the ATG, I wanted to alert you to a new feature on the blog. On the right sidebar, I've added a "Project Request List" so you can see which projects have been requested. If you requested a project and don't see it there, please let me know -- I didn't leave it off on purpose! This is not the order in which they'll be done -- I just wanted a place to keep a running list.

Now that you've prepped your ATG for paint, the third step in this alteration process is to prime and paint your ATG. I recommend applying the primer and then waiting twenty-four hours before painting. Most spray paint cans say they dry more quickly than that, but I want to make sure that I have a nice, strong hold. The ATG will be handled quite a bit, and I don't want to have to worry about the paint wearing off.

1. Prime your ATG. Spray your ATG with the primer. You don't want to get too close to the gun because you risk drips. You want to use a side to side motion to spray the gun. The coverage should be more like a fine mist that will take several passes. Spray one side of the ATG completely, then let the primer dry thoroughly (consult the spray can for the specific drying time). Flip it over and repeat the process on the other side. You can omit this step if you will be using Krylon Fusion or another spray paint formulated for plastic to paint your ATG. (remember that I am using extra Krylon fusion as a primer ~ that is why mine looks black at this point)

2. Paint your ATG. Once you have allowed your ATG to dry thoroughly, you need to repeat the above steps to cover the primer with the paint color you've chosen. Use the same side-to-side misting action to cover the primer on one side of the ATG. Allow to dry thoroughly, and then flip the ATG to spray the other side. Depending on the color you chose & your own personal preference, you may want to add another coat of paint. Once the ATG is completely covered, I'd recommend waiting another 24 hours before continuing on to the next steps.

3. Glitter the ATG. If you LOVE BLING as much as my mom, then you probably added the Krylon glitter spray to your shopping cart. Repeat the steps above to cover the paint color on one side of the ATG with the glitter spray. Allow to dry thoroughly (consult the back of the can for optimal drying time) and then flip over the ATG and repeat the glittering on the other side.

4. Peel the painter's tape off the ATG. Once you're finished painting and all the layers of the paint are completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape from the ATG. Slow and steady is the way to go here -- you don't want to risk chipping any of the layers of your paint.

4. Reattach the dispenser wheels. Using your phillips head screwdriver, reattach the pieces of the dispenser mechanism that you removed earlier.

Now comes the fun part: step four is to embellish your ATG!
This part is totally personal. It's your ATG, so make it look the way you want it to look!

1. Bling it up! I started embellishing by placing the bling first. I learned my lesson about this the hard way from my own ATG. If you glue the embellishments down first, you might end up with a situation where there are embellishments in the way of where you wanted the lines of bling to go. It's much easier to work around the bling, than it is to work around the embellishments.

2. Add your rub-ons. Rub-ons are nice and sturdy and they'll stick to pretty much anything -- even glass! That makes them perfect for your ATG, since it will be in and out of crop bags, buried under stash on your desk, and basically handled to death. That's what it was designed for, so don't worry!

3. Add any other embellishments. I used some individual rhinestones to draw more attention to the flower rubons. If you're going to be using some embellishments like that, you can't rely on their adhesive to keep them stuck to your ATG. You need to attach them with some heavy duty adhesive like E6000. Be careful with this step! The E6000 will take up the paint on your ATG, so plan out exactly where you want the embellishments to go & apply the E6000 sparingly to the embellishment -- you absolutely don't want too much adhesive or it will leak out the sides and take up the paint. If some does leak out, be sure to wipe it up immediately.

4. Take a picture! Take a picture of your finished ATG and post it here, or email me at, so we all can see how well it turned out!

5. Enjoy your shiny new ATG!

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  1. Wow, I love the ATG gun I have and would love to try this but am nervous of taking it apart in case I can't get it back together again! Love the colour and all the bling. It's so very girly!!! Love it!!! Nancy

  2. Hi, Nancy!

    Thanks -- I am very happy with how this ATG turned out. I know what you mean about taking it apart, but I have altered two ATGs and both worked splendidly afterward -- it's just two screws to remove and it goes back easy peasy

    However, if you're really concerned you could leave the interior alone and just paint the exterior -- that would keep paint out of the inside & you wouldn't have to remove the wheels!


  3. Very fun!! Love all the bling!

  4. Thats' on thing i can say .. as a scrapbooker/crafter/ artist in my own worls.. If it can be altered we will do it.....

    Thats really nice thanks for sharing...

  5. That is so true, Ladybug! It can almost always be cuter!


  6. absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I also am a huge pink/bling fan!!!!!!!!!

  7. I was just wondering how this will hold up (with the paint and bling). Does the bling start to fall off? Should there be some sort of clear coat on top of the bling and embellishments?

  8. Hi, Hettie!

    I altered my ATG close to three years ago & it still has all its bling and embellishments ~ the E6000 I used is super strong. The paint is coming off the end of the handle a little bit from being constantly used, touched, dropped, etc., but other than that it looks good. Eventually I will need to touch up the handle on mine.

    I used a clear coat on the pink one I did for my mom. The bling is not under the clear coat, but the paint is. It will be interesting to see if her paint job lasts longer than mine because of the glitter fixative.

  9. THANK YOU so much for the quick reply. I tried to send this earlier, but something got messed up and i had kids to tend to... ahhhhhh the life of a mom and caregiver ;)

    I LOVE the sparkles and bling on the one you did for your mom. It is so pretty!!! Mine is painted and I just added some sparkles. I can not wait for the reveal but will somehow restrain myself from removing all the tape until morning. Then the FUN part... decorating ;)

    THANK YOU for the great tutorial. I had seen an ATG gun that was painted and wanted to make mine pretty, but was very leery. Your directions were super easy to follow and I love the accompanying pictures. Normally I do not comment, but I couldn't resist.

    Thanks again!

  10. Hey I just gat a Pink ATG and even though I support the cause it's not such a great colour for a man ......thanks for the inspiration!