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  • Member since
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  • From: Indiana
Paint question
Posted by VMF214 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:46 AM

I am currently building a VW beetle and would like to paint it lemon yellow. Truthfully, I have only used Testor model paint in the past and that’s what I’m using presently. I found a lemon yellow from Vallejo but it appears to be matte and I want a nice gloss finish. I do have a gloss coat but I’m concerned it won’t be as “glossy” as I would like. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:15 AM

Tamiya makes a nice "Lemon Yellow" paint. It's acrylic if that's important.

Prime with a thin coat. I'd suggest Tamiya Fine White in the spray can.

Wait several days.

Lightly sand it.

Paint a coat of yrllow.

Wait a day. Lightly sand it.

Paint another thin coat.

Wait a day.

Lightly poish it with a paper towel.

Clear coat gloss.

I used Future floor finsh, but there are other choices.

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by VMF214 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:52 AM
Thank you sir! What grit do sand with? 800? Or higher?
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  • From: Indiana
Posted by VMF214 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:53 AM

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:54 AM

That's pretty good. For the last sanding I have those mesh pads that are around 1600, but iy you have 800 thats going to work.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:07 AM

VMF214

I am currently building a VW beetle and would like to paint it lemon yellow. Truthfully, I have only used Testor model paint in the past and that’s what I’m using presently. I found a lemon yellow from Vallejo but it appears to be matte and I want a nice gloss finish. I do have a gloss coat but I’m concerned it won’t be as “glossy” as I would like. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

 

Glosscoats often make a model super-glossy, more so than the original paint.  For decades now car mfgs have been using glosscoats on their new cars.  But for, say, the original Beetle, a glosscoat is likely to make it glossier than the original.  If that suits you, it is your choice.  Enamels, like the Testors stuff do no react as well to polishing as do lacquers.

One move is to go to an auto parts store and buy something like Dupli-color spray cans.  I would advise priming before using an auto paint, however.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by VMF214 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:17 PM

That’s great, thank you for the advice. 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:26 PM

Don, I remember actually paste waxing my car models too.

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Posted by alxdotcom on Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:50 PM

As a former owner/driver of a 1972 Lemon Yellow Volkswagen Super Beetle, just the thought of this brought a smile to my face. Big Smile Beetles could always do that with so many people.

Humbrol Yellow Gloss was a good match for mine, but it did vary by year, though I always did like the briteness for that year.

Thank you for the flood of great memories.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:12 PM

GMorrison

Don, I remember actually paste waxing my car models too.

 

I rubbed them out and waxed, both, when I use lacquer.  It is harder, and hence polishes better.  Rubbing compound was a type of polish, an agressive grit for fresh lacquer finishes.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by VMF214 on Friday, July 19, 2019 9:07 AM

I took your advice and ordered the yellow from Tamiya. If I use Testor’s flat white for a primer (or flat grey) do you think that will matter much? I confess I forgot what you said about the Tamiya fine white. Also, I ordered 1000 and 1500 grit pads to sand with. Did you dry or wet sand?

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Friday, July 19, 2019 9:23 AM
with grey primer, it will take more coats of yellow to have full coverage...yellow is a very transparent color. If you are using acrylic paint, I'm not sure wet sanding would be a good idea (although, I dont build many models that require wet sanding...) also, if you are looking for a super glossy finish at the ned, polishing the clear coat after it has fully dried is a good thing to plan...you will be able to get the paint flatter (no dirt and orange peel) as well as well as increase the gloss.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Indiana
Posted by VMF214 on Friday, July 19, 2019 9:55 AM

I’m so glad I’m asking question before doing anythin! Thank you for information Justin, I appreciate it!

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Friday, July 19, 2019 12:14 PM
you are welcome! that's what we do here! now get to building....AND POST SOME PICS! :)

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by VMF214 on Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:11 AM

Will do! I‘ll try to post some later today. Thanks again!

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