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Window tint
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 9:36 AM
Anyone ever tint the windows on a car? I have tried RIT dye, but it didnt work all that well, and you have to watch out for warping because you have to use hot water with the dye. The only other thing I could think of is actual after market window tint...the kind that you see on peoples windows that are all bubbled up. The problem with that is you end up with enough tint to do 2 real cars, how many scale model windows would that work out to be?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 10:52 AM
Try tinting Future with a clear acrylic paint (like Tamiyas clear red, clear yellow, etc.) Tamiya makes a 'smoke' color that is somewhat translucent and if you added a few drops of that to Future, it might do the trick?

Can't speak from experience, but it is on my 'to-do' list...

M.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 10:29 PM
I have used the tamiya "smoke" paint with great sucess......I have found that if you spray it straight out of the bottle (not thinned) in SEVERAL LIGHT coats......it works great. I have experienced problems with fisheyes if I thinned the paint. Try it, you'll be pleased.
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Saturday, March 1, 2003 11:13 PM
Hello ...

The Testor Corporation makes a Model Master No. 2949 Clear Transparent Black Window Tint in a spray "rattle can" ... I have had good results on scale automotive windows with this product.

The trick is to spray very lite coats ( and I do mean very lite coats) to the very clean inside of the windows. Don't forget to mask the outside of the window units to protect from over-spray. The best way I have found to get the windows clean is to clean them with windex and a Q-tip swab. Warm the rattle can slightly in a cup or pan of warm water ... don't over heat. If you can't put your finger into the water comfortably ... it is too warm. Build up the very lite coats ... allowing the prior coats to dry well before adding to them.

FreedomEagle1953

Chicago, IL area

"keep on building 'em ... but don't glue your fingers together"

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Posted by berny13 on Sunday, March 2, 2003 10:18 AM
What would you suggest for the glass on a '56 Ford Crown Victoria? I want to tint the roof glass a green, like my very first car. Also the windshield had the top part tinted green. How should I go about tinting that? So far I haven't done anything to it because I didn't want to mess it up.

Berny

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 11:52 AM
Well, I've never done exactly what your thinking either, so here's what I'd do:

- find an old kit part to practice on (if you don't have an extra piece of 'glass', let me know and I could send you one in the mail.)
- add some green food coloring to Future.
- dip the top of the windscreen in the Future and let it dry.

Assess the results and if it looks good, do it with the kit parts. You could try masking and spraying the area also, but dipping will give you just as good results without the prep/cleanup involved with spraying.

M.
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Posted by berny13 on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 8:42 PM
mkish

Thanks, I'll give it a try. Good idea on coloring future. I'll let you know the results.

Berny

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TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale. 

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 1:47 PM
berny,

Not totally related, but sorta:

- I wanted to make red tail-light lenses once, and I have recently been using clear epoxy glue for lenses and other glass items. It dries crystal clear and hard as a rock. Well, I added a tiny drop of Gunze clear red paint to the epoxy while I was mixing it and it looked awesome! I put it on the kit part and it gave just the effect I was looking for. HOWEVER, the epoxy never fully dried and to this day it has a sort of 'jello' consistency. You might find some sort of similar bizarre reaction when you mix the food coloring with the future - that's why it's best to do it on a test piece first!!

M.
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Posted by berny13 on Thursday, March 6, 2003 8:25 AM
Here are the results.

Future with food color. The green seperated into small pools after spraying. I tried it on an untreated as well as one treated by dipping in future.

Furure with emerald green Testors paint. Untreated worked, but did not give me what I wanted. The treated glass worked great. I went with that and sprayed the top glass. It turned out beautiful. The windshield, I dipped into the tinted future and after drying it was better than expected. The top part was a darker color and got lighter as it went down, just like the real thing. What may have caused this is I hung the windshield updide down and let it cure/dry.

Berny

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TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale. 

Tamiya F-4D Phantom II, 13th TFS, 66-8711, 1/32 scale.  F-4 Phantom Group Build. 

 

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 6, 2003 1:35 PM
berny,

Thanks for sharing the results. Much appreciated.

M.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 8, 2003 7:15 PM
if you're looking to tint a window a particular color, try the Tamiya or Model Master ACRYL clear paints......I have had great sucess with both of these.....as for the testors canned window tint, I have had nothing but problems....it tends to flake off really bad once it dries.....it looks good, but didnd stick well once it dried.
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Posted by proosen on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 1:53 AM
Hi!
You can also use humbrol gren, blue or red metallics. don't stir it, just use the clear paint without the metallic in the bottom. This is how Juha Airio does his tinted windows. There was an article on this topic written by Mr. Airio in the october 2001 issue of Scale Auto Enthusiast.

Niclas
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 31, 2003 1:47 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by berny13

What would you suggest for the glass on a '56 Ford Crown Victoria? I want to tint the roof glass a green, like my very first car. Also the windshield had the top part tinted green. How should I go about tinting that? So far I haven't done anything to it because I didn't want to mess it up.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 3, 2003 11:48 PM
Hey S.B.
Try the Tamiya clear paints......they're acrylis and spray nicely!!! There's quite a few colors to chose from too!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 2:40 PM
I tried using Tamiya spray tint, and it was too drippy and uneven for me.

Try ScaleTint. (http://www.scaletint.com) It's a really thin automotive tint, but it's packaged specifically for models. Much easier to get a clean-looking professional finish.

brad
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Posted by Wingman_kz on Sunday, May 11, 2003 9:15 AM
or...

If you have an airbrush, why not just add a little of the color you want to some clear paint, thin and spray.

            

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 9, 2003 9:48 AM
I've used "real" tinting, looks good...
ask a local window tinter for some scraps, usually free
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Posted by fussionboy on Monday, June 9, 2003 11:56 PM
I saw a bit in scale auto for the tinting a while back, the guy mixed food coloring with carnubba ( spelling is not my high point) wax, waxed the kit glass and when buffed off left the glass tinted that color, for darker tint repeat as needed, always try on a spare piece of clear plastic first. this would also work for the crown vic tinted roof.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 31, 2003 8:38 PM
If you have any extra camera film negatives, that the pictures didn't come out, cut them alittle bigger than the window,and use testors clear window glue, and glue in inside of the window
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