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  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Listen up, Peeps!
Posted by Ranchn62 on Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:41 PM

It is with complete horror when I see one of you guys taping up a model to the spray can. I've done it, and ruined some great paint. 

So, here's a brief tutorial on how to build your own paint stand for less than $25.00. Sorry Tamiya.

Mine costs less than $2.00.

First, start with a scrapof wood, 

i usually  6 x 6, but here is 4 x 4. Get a piece of wood.

Drill four 1/8, 2  inches approx apart. (Nothing is on an exact note)

Buy a 4 foot stick of steel rod. I used music wire for this demo, but you can, and should, go a little softer.

Cut it into 4 equally (sort of) lengths. Bend about 1/2 " 90 degrees on all four pieces.

Glue into stand of wood as shown. 

Voila! Done. The beauty of this stand is that if your paint stars to sag, you can clamp it in a vice at almost any angle. Saves a lot of paint jobs that way. 

DOn't use too much tension espeshially  on resin bodies, as they will take a set. just use 1what you need to hold firmly in place.

Less than $2.00  vs   $25.00 +..... Really. Any questions? Thanks for reading. I have about a dozen of these.... They are great for holding bodies off of any surface, as well as for intricate paint. 

: )       DennisModel paint stand 1Model paint stand IIhttps://s26.postimg.org/d182v8kq1/DSC_0322.jpg

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:48 PM

A lot of guys tape their model car bodies to a spray can, pop can, plastic bottle, etc. and it works most of the time. Sometimes with a small body such as a T bucket a paint stand won't always work. I say, whatever works.

High octane

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    March, 2008
  • From: Canada
Posted by smellyfatdude on Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:02 PM

This is one of my paint stands. I have a nearly infinite supply of 'em, and it took about thirty seconds to modify it, to the appropriate shape.

I agree with HO . . . . . whatever works.

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:26 PM

I'm not telling you how to paint your models... I agree. Whatever works, works. 

But This can help others to not ruin their paint.  Coat hangers are getting harder to find in wire these days.... : )

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, September 15, 2017 5:46 AM

Not sure what you mean about "ruining your paint".

I use an old spray can occasionally & it's just that, an old "empty" spray can.

Otherwise, it's a bent coat hanger for me.

 

Steve

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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Friday, September 15, 2017 6:39 AM

This needs to come up every once in awhile. My stand is a virtual copy of yours here and is over 40 years old. Of course, mine uses a bent coat hanger, which is getting to be in short suppply these days. I still use it more than the other ones in the photo!

paint holders DSC 0944

 

Very good presentation

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Friday, September 15, 2017 3:30 PM

Well, by ruining the paint is when the model body popps off of the can, and lands on the ground. Ruined paint. 

Listen, this is just a simple, below  $2.00 tip, that wiull last a lifetime. That's all...

And.... You can scale down the wire size for coat hangers, and make it virtually for free.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Friday, September 15, 2017 4:04 PM

For those of you using empty spray cans, remove the nozzle and go over the top with masking tape turned back on itself. This will help secure the model. A cheap lazy suzan is great for turning the model.

For those of you into wire coat hangers, they can be easily acquired in bulk at your local goodwill or salvation army outlet. Oftentimes for the asking. :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    August, 2010
Posted by carnut5767 on Friday, September 15, 2017 5:16 PM

I do somewhat the same thing but I would add that if you use a slightly bigger piece of wood and drill more holes you can move the wires in or out in multiple places to fit different size bodies.  Skies the limit.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, September 15, 2017 6:55 PM

Ranchn62

Well, by ruining the paint is when the model body popps off of the can, and lands on the ground. Ruined paint.

 

Never had that happen.

Regardless of whatever method you use, the parts need to be thoroughly secured.

I leave the lid on the can & tape the body to the lid.

You could also tape the lid to the can, but I've never had a lid fall off of a can.

 

Steve

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, September 15, 2017 6:57 PM

Foxer

This needs to come up every once in awhile. My stand is a virtual copy of yours here and is over 40 years old. Of course, mine uses a bent coat hanger, which is getting to be in short suppply these days. I still use it more than the other ones in the photo!

paint holders DSC 0944

 

Very good presentation

 

Your "coat hanger stand" looks like a carbon copy of mine! Wink

I think a patent might be in order! Big Smile

 

Steve

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    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, September 15, 2017 8:28 PM

I've been using wire coat hangers as paint stands since the fifties. Easy to adapt and great for access to all areas. I secure the bodies with masking tape (the strong-adhesive type) to the hangers. I'll admit that I have upgraded to the use of a nitrile glove on the supporting hand to eliminate that pesky overspray cleanup. I use double-stick tape on wooden paint sticks for small parts. Use whatever you have handy and get it painted! (Note to self: six months behind on paint stage of several projects.) Smile

chucky

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, September 16, 2017 5:58 PM

I just want to thank allof you for weighing in on this ubject. I really didn't think it was going to be a big fuss.

The thing that my stand affords over wire hangers, is that the chisled  tips, "grab" and hold on to your model. 

But in the end, We all like our own way of doing things. And that is as it should be. 

Best regards,         Dennis

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:09 PM

Not that it's a fuss.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with building your own paint stand.

You may have just rubbed a few of us slightly the wrong way with your original post when you stated how you were in "complete horror" when you saw another member using a spray can for a paint stand.

You must realize that any demonization of other peoples techniques, regardless of how "tongue in cheek" they may be, can result in negative reactions.

You're better off just offering your idea without any dramatizations & realizing that even the greatest idea since the dawn of man will still get you mostly remarks about how others arrive at the same end.

Just the nature of the beast.

We are all creatures of habit.

 

Steve

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:24 PM

Hey steve,

Thank-you for your comments. When I say complete horror, I meant the look on my face when my model popped off the paint can, and rolled, bounced on the ground. 

I can also understand that my 60 year old, opinionated, backend, can can be too harsh sometimes. 

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:27 AM

Don't mind me..... I'm only trying to help within this hobby. I've been added it for55+ years. And I still learn from you. ...

 

Dennis

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    May, 2013
Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:14 AM

I have seen plenty of how to guides that show using another spray can, soda can, etc. as a holder.  What is wrong with it?  Why do you say that it “ruins” the paint job?

 

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:15 AM

Exactly, if works, it works.  So why reinvent the wheel, as it were?

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:41 AM

Thank you for explaining that, I obviously hadn’t seen this reply when I asked my question.  I would think that the best/smartest thing that one can do if they’re using any sort of a can or plastic bottle is to find one that best fits inside of the body, and/or taping it to the inside of the body.

 

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Digital Cowboy
Live Long and Prosper
On the bench: Star Trek: Romulan Bird of Prey; 1964 Ford Fairlane

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