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Newbie here Please help Painting question.

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  • Member since
    November 2005
Newbie here Please help Painting question.
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 9, 2003 2:04 PM
Hi, I have been trying to mkae model cars for a while now ,but the thing is that I dont know how to paint what kind do i use acrylics or enamles whats the diffrence, and do i have to prime the car before i paint it and what kind of primer should I use. I just tryed to build a Corvette C5-R 2001 Daytona 24 hour the body was suppose to be yellow ,but i painted it blue with enamal paint and a brush and it turned out terrible it look thick and it didnt go on even plus when it dried it was still sticky and if i touched it it would leave finger prints. I am confused I am planning to build a dogde viper GTS next so somone please help me before i ruine that one to.
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by Holley on Monday, June 9, 2003 6:59 PM
If you dont have access to an air brush, the next best thing is to use canned spray paint. Warm it up first in some warm water before spraying. It would be a good idea to get some rather cheap kits to practice techniques on, ie: primming before painting, just painting, or just getting the hang of painting with a spray. Be sure to wash and dry thouroghly any model before painting to remove any mold release agents.
The worse case scenario would be that you messed up and had to build more models!!!!!!!!!!!
Have fun, try new things, and keep modeling! This is a very good forum for finding hints and so forth on modeling.
Holley When all else fails, read the instructions!
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 9, 2003 10:54 PM
Holley's got good advice. Here's some more (perhaps not as good, but it is free...)
- Acrylic paints (water based) are much better than they used to be. Check out the Tamiya line and you won't be unhappy. There are tons of awesome automotive colors that look great.
- priming isn't 'mandatory', but it is a good thing. It basically creates a nice uniform surface for the paint to stick too. If you don't prime, be sure that you wash the model as Holley recommended.
- get used to the fact that the paint will take a while to dry (especially with enamels). I generally paint the body of a kit first, and then work on the other bits and pieces while the body dries. I usually wait at least a week for the paint to fully cure. If you do this, you won't get fingerprints in the finish!!
- as for that C5R, you might be able to save it. There are ways to strip paint from a model, but they're all require care and caution. If you're a 'younger' builder, then an adult may be able to help you with that.

Good luck on the Viper and hopefully you'll be able to get some pictures and post them here for all of us to enjoy!!

Have fun !!!!



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