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Painting Hoses

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    June, 2016
Painting Hoses
Posted by David from PA on Monday, July 30, 2018 4:03 PM

Can anyone give me pointers in painting soft plastic hoses to make them look real? I guess they are made out of some sort of vynal. I dont want to paint them and then have the paint crack off when I put them on the model. Thanks

David From PA



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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, July 30, 2018 5:41 PM

Try sanding the vinyl hoses to cut down the shine instead of painting. You’ll get that worn look in no time.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:23 AM

I have sometimes used black magic markers with success on vinyl hoses.  Also, a quick shot of Testors Dullcoat seems to work if hose is the right color.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:51 PM

Don Stauffer
Also, a quick shot of Testors Dullcoat seems to work if hose is the right color.

That's the way I do it.

Also: you can use a water based color. As long as the paint is "semi-flexable" after it drys.

Laquer based paint will "EAT" the vinyl part's. And Enamel based paint's will "NEVER" dry.

( I once painted the letter's on some tire's using Testors White Enamel.... two years later, the letters were still sticky !)

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, August 03, 2018 7:38 AM


 Usually when a model has soft plastic hoses , I replace them with either wire the right O.D. or with wire that has the right insulation color and size . I have painted these with no problem . T.B.


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