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Just starting out - Order for Prime - paint - finish

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  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Orsm on Saturday, April 18, 2020 2:21 AM

Thanks for the help guys

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    April 2020
Posted by RickS on Friday, April 17, 2020 8:27 AM

That sounds a lot like an "ask me how I know this" kind of statement! Big Smile

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    October 2019
  • From: Cape Cod, Mass
Posted by Rick Sr on Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:56 AM

Just make sure the cap on the spray can is aimed at your work!

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:10 AM

Not familiar with that primer- I am in US, but order of work is correct.  If there are decals, I put them on before clear coat.  Decals go down fine on glossy paint, no need to glosscoat over gloss paint.

Whether I gloss coat depends on the era of the car.  In the old days neither racing cars nor factory stock had clearcoats.  Polishing the final color coat makes a realistic shine finish.

I only clearcoat customs, rods, and modern cars.

On how many color coats, it depends.  Hard to get a level smooth dustless finish, so I keep put on coats till I get what I want.  I start out putting down several thin coats to build up enough thickness that I will not polish through it.  Then, one last heavy, wet coat.

I usually use gloss enamel, but I have used those Tamiya rattle cans.  They do produce a great gloss finish with little work.  Usually two light coats and one heavy does it.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    April 2020
Just starting out - Order for Prime - paint - finish
Posted by Orsm on Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:44 AM

Morning everyone

New here, first post so be easy on me.

I am in lockdown so have bought all the gear and and have no idea ...... well sort of.

I have made 1 car so far and it was not bad but want to get better, with your help I would like to understand a bit more. I have watched countless youtube videos, and read forum messages on how to prime, paint and finish your model. The following is what I think is right but is most likely wrong, the products I have chosen are mainly from what I have seen or read good reports on. Please can you help and tell me if I need to alter the method I am thinking of doing on my current car.

1. Prime

I rub the body surface down with either a 400 or 600 grit wet n dry in soapy dish water, making sure the surface is scratched so the primer bonds to the plastic. After this I clean the car with soapy water and run it under water, I then leave to dry.

The Primer I am using is Halfords (UK Store) grey plastic primer rattle can, I have used Tamiya fine surface primer and it had a lovely coat, however it can be quite costly. Halfords Grey plastic primer is bigger and cheaper, I have seen lots of reviews on here I think saying it is fine. It sprays fine but leaves a slight rough texture, I do 2 coats, 1st coat i leave for a few hours and apply the second coat a few hours later. It dries quick. Then leave 2nd coat to dry over night. I then use a fine grit wet n dry to leave the surface smooth.


2. Paint job

For the main body I use a Tamiya rattle can. A few light coats followed by 2/3 good coats. I do not sand inbetween. I warm the can up in hot water to increase the pressure and don't spray to close.


3. Clear coat

This is where I start to really need help, I am at this stage now and wont proceed till I am sure I know I have the right info. The car body is now painted and looks good. From what I have seen I am now supposed to lightly wet n dry the paint work. I have ordered fine grit sand paper, the finest I have is 1500 - Think I have stuff arriving that goes to 8000 grit. Am I supposed to wet and dry the paint work lightly? if so with what Grit.

I have Tamiya clear coat TS 13 - How many coats ? Do I do any sanding after the clear coat?


3. Polishing

I have novus plastic polish, 3 bottles, Number 3 - heavy scratch remover,  number 2 -   fine scratch remover and number 1 - plastic clean and shine. Seen good reviews on this so hopefully get a good result. 

The last question is if I have decals at what stage do I place them on the car ?

I know there is never a right or a wrong way, I just need the basics to get a good shine.







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