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How do you make red paint look faded like the truck has been sitting in the sun for years?

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  • From: Kennesaw, GA
How do you make red paint look faded like the truck has been sitting in the sun for years?
Posted by nick63 on Sunday, June 9, 2019 7:34 PM

What process do you use to make a red truck look faded out like it has been sitting in the sun for years?

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, June 10, 2019 7:54 AM

Hey Nick, I don't have an answer to your question (aside from painting it and letting it sit out in the sun for a few years), but you will get more response to your question if posted in the "Paint & Bodywork" section of the forum. Cheers.

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Posted by Jantrix on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 12:51 PM
Try some sanding with very high (1200 grit or better) sandpaper while wet. And/or wiping down with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

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  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:00 PM

Good suggestion. Thank you.

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Posted by Daddy_O on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:58 AM

I used a satin acrylic paint from Michaels on this one.

Thinned it and airbrushed it on.

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  • From: Berkshire Mountains MA
Posted by Foxer on Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:44 AM

I did a Cameo pickup that I wanted old looking paing. I use some rustolium hunter green paint and when still soft I wiped it down with paint thinner. Not an exact science but it faded mostly and rubbed thru other places where I rubbed harder. I used a rust colored undercoat so it showed rust when the paint was wiped.




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Posted by nick63 on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:17 PM

Thank you for the tip !

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:45 AM

red paint tends to turn pink when exposed to the sun. I'd look for images online for inspiration (eg google images). I usually mist (spray from a long way back) a lighter color of the main paint over the top edges where it would be more exposed.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:49 PM


         What I have done in the past is go ahead and paint the red it starts with. Then put a White/Grey wash on the surfaces.This wash is almost clear, and then put Semi-Gloss clear over that for the loss of shine .  OldCarGuy 

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Posted by 60Buick on Saturday, September 7, 2019 4:29 PM

In the forum this section has "issues with the magazine. I have been holding back for a couple of weeks after receiving the latest issue of S/A. 

Just prior to, I had renewed for two more years. Had I already received my mag, I would have had second thoughts. 

There was coverage on the NNL East (6 pages) NNL North (4 pages). 

What bothered me and to this day, wonder how you choose the photos!

Forum member goofy 62 (Steve) that has shared his great work on this forum, had 5 builds at the show! Anyone of them merited a spot in the magazine! I am not saying the ones that are posted shouldn't be, but someone really missed the boat! Why didn't the North get equal press!!!!

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  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Monday, September 9, 2019 8:33 PM

A lot of good tips on on how to make the red look faded and thanks for the photos too.



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