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Adding static to grass

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Adding static to grass
Posted by Afdahl Flats on Saturday, August 22, 2020 6:21 PM

A while ago I scrimped and instead of buying an electric static grass appliator I bought what woodland scenics calls the static grass starter set, which basically is just a plastic bottle with a screen on it to dispense the grass. I paint clear Elmer's glue on the table and spread the grass on top of it. Is there a way I could make the grass stand up without buying an applicator and starting from scratch?  Thanks

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Posted by RR_Mel on Saturday, August 22, 2020 6:58 PM

I made one for under $20 that works great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO1jrUL_PLU&t=765s



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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:16 PM

 I made two static grass applicators out of $4.00 electric fly swatters and they work great. Takes 10 minutes.

The improved version.

 

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Posted by wvg_ca on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:11 PM

you need a way to apply [momentarily] the static charge to get the grass fibres to 'stand up',  .... an applicator [whether home made or bought] is the easiest way ..

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Posted by Mark R. on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:12 PM

Rub a ballon on your hair for a couple minutes, then hold it near the grass. Whistling

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:30 PM

Mark R.

Rub a ballon on your hair for a couple minutes, then hold it near the grass. Whistling

Mark.

 

Nah.  Just have a cat do your static grass, after rubbing it on a towel.

Seriously, look at a Gras-Tech static grass applicator.  Mine was about $25 a few years ago, is still on its original set of batteries and gives me great results.  The high-priced applicators are not necessary.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:18 PM

Afdahl Flats
...Is there a way I could make the grass stand up without buying an applicator and starting from scratch? Thanks

I'm not sure that you'd be interested, especially if you don't wish to start from scratch, but here's a LINK to a thread on making your own static grass applicator.

Wayne

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Posted by Afdahl Flats on Sunday, August 23, 2020 7:15 AM

Well then, I guess i'll be doing some work with a scraper and a vaccum... Thank you for the suggestions, I was leary of the price/quality of the $20 applicators which is why I stayed away from them. At least I'm only half done with the grass!  Thanks

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Posted by RR_Mel on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:45 AM

This is the static grass applicator I built from the Luke Towan YouTube video, I haven’t seen any manufactured grass applicators but this one works very good for under $20.





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Posted by whitroth on Friday, August 28, 2020 4:15 PM

I was just looking around for one, and saw one for $20, an ABS blah, blah. Then I looked at reviews. There were a number of good reviews on it... until I saw one that said "some of the grass stood up". Then I saw the 1-star review, and the reviewer said "it's only 2.5KW, you need a lot more for it to work properly. It *looks* like you can get a better one, but now we're up to around $65+.

 

Think I'll look into building one, after buying the negative ion generator for $21.

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