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  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Somewhere near Chicago
How do I fix my ugly paintjob
Posted by Teenage Modeler on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:18 AM

Hi all. I just woke up to check on my paintjob that dried overnight. I put the drying body piece inside a closed drying container to keep the dust out. I lined the bottom with some papert towels to keep it from sticking to the paint. Unfortunately, I was shocked to see that parts of the paper towel stuck onto the body. I removed it, and it lookes like rough spots that have been raised to the surface, so it pops out when you touch it. The spots were just small specks, but very noticable.

I immediately grabbed onto some 6000 grit to sand the small rough areas, to make it smooth. It looked smooth enough, so I painted it again with TS-30 Silver leaf. Unfortunately, I realized that I painted too thick with the rattlecan.

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I tried to wipe the laquer off with a paper towel, but then it dried pretty quickly, and the lines are there, and it looks worse. 

 My guess is to wait for around 6 hours to let the paint dry, and wetsand the very ugly layer of paint until it gets to the point where it becomes smooth again, then add 2 light coats of rattle can paint (ts-30). 

rookie mistake 

 Also, I would like to ask, How do you prevent dust from going to the model? My guess is to place it inside a box, but then I have to separate the painting stand of the car model in order to let the part fit, but then I have to be extremely careful not to touch the paint. Do I just leave the model to dry in my spraying booth?

 

I feel like I should sand the paint and start all over again. How do you do this correctly?

If only I could show my models to my friends...

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:30 AM

You're not going to like this:  

Leave it for a week, then sand out the rough spots and repaint.  Handling less than fully cured paint is never a recipe for success.  

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:36 AM

Concur with MJY65.  You have to resist the temptation to try and correct a painting mistake or defect until AFTER the paint has fully cured, and a week is usually what is required for rattle can paintjobs.  6 hours is definitely nowhere near a long enough amount of time for that.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:05 AM

Also...for future use...you can fairly easily make a paint stand for auto bodies by bending a common wire coat hanger to sort of 'spring' against the interior sidewalls, holding it touch-free for both painting...and drying.

One less thing to worry about if nothing's touching your hard-worked model.

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:33 AM

Morrison's Third Law of Modeling:

"There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it over".

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Somewhere near Chicago
Posted by Teenage Modeler on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:26 AM

MJY65

You're not going to like this:  

Leave it for a week, then sand out the rough spots and repaint.  Handling less than fully cured paint is never a recipe for success.  

 

Oh wow... Hey, at least that's enough time to wait for my polishing compound to arrive.

If only I could show my models to my friends...

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:35 AM

Or strip it and start over.  Purple Power or Easy Off - I'm sure there's youtube videos.  No shame, I've stripped quite a few paint jobs as some times its easier to punt!!

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:35 AM

Well, you've got two weeks for your compound.  A week before repaint and another week before you get on it with compound.  

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:42 AM

keavdog

Or strip it and start over.  Purple Power or Easy Off - I'm sure there's youtube videos.  No shame, I've stripped quite a few paint jobs as some times its easier to punt!!

 
Me too.  Even now I occasionally try some new masking technique or something else that ends in a borked paintjob, and it ends up making more sense just to start over.  I use 99% isopropyl alcohol and a cheap electric toothbrush to strip it down to bare plastic and start from scratch.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:50 AM

I'd have taken that right from the paint area to the purple pond, kasplash. With acrylic while still wet to the kitchen sink for a shower. And start over.

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