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AUTHENTIC VINYL ROOFS

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AUTHENTIC VINYL ROOFS
Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, March 04, 2019 7:25 PM

What's the most authentic techniques used other than tape(Too afraid it won't adhere long) to create VINYL ROOFS for the 60's muscle cars/drag cars? Thanks again

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 8:08 AM

I haven't attempted a vinyl roof so I don't have a specific method to suggest to you. The tape method seems quite common, and like you I have worried that the adhesive will give up after a couple years, but some who have tried this method have work that is still good many years later.

Laying down seams of thin strip plastic then spraying with a flat black (or whatever colour) from a distance to create a textured surface is quite a popular method.

Apparently a product was made specifically for this purpose, possibly from Testors, though I have no personal experience or knowledge of this product.

The topic has been discussed many times on the forum. I suggest doing a forum search for 'vinyl roof' and you will get many hits. Among those you will find the best methods for creatign a vinyl roof. Good luck.

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Trevor

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 11:13 AM

Bainford

Laying down seams of thin strip plastic then spraying with a flat black (or whatever colour) from a distance to create a textured surface is quite a popular method.

 

This is the method that I use with good results.

I have contemplated using the tape method, but have abandoned it for the adhesion reason as well as the fact that I don't believe that it looks particularly realistic.

 

 

Steve

 

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Posted by 195X on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:53 PM

I use the masking tape method almost exclusively, but your adhesion fears are well founded. The moment the paint hits the tape it seep through to the adhesive side and destabilizes it. From there it's a slow process but eventually the tape will begin to lift. But not if you trowel out a thin layer of typical testors, styrene tube glue.

I put down a thin layer where I want the "vinyl" to go and lay my tape, burnishing the edges like BMF. The trick is keeping fingertips and thumbs out of the glue until the tape is in place. Once it's had a day for the glue seal to cure you can paint with just about anything. I had a photo of an Imperial I did but I can't find it.

Looking at the photos above this makes the paint method no less valid, those are beautiful! I say take some scrap or glue bomb bodies and test all the methods to see which one you're most comfortable with.

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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Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, April 08, 2019 1:00 PM

Thanks Trevor

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Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, April 08, 2019 1:03 PM

Very helpful thanks

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Posted by Straightliner1 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 3:03 AM

>>Laying down seams of thin strip plastic then spraying with a flat black (or whatever colour) from a distance to create a textured surface is quite a popular method.

In my opinion (that might be worth a half-cent, or so!), this is absolutely the best, and simplest way to create a vinyl top. Like Bainford said; lay some strip down for the seam and tape off the body. Take a couple of test passes on some scrap, to find the distance you want to shoot from, and, go! It looks as good as anything elaborate.

I build replicas of imaginary race cars.

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 8:11 AM

Hi;

      I have recommended before a step that works for me. Tape off the parts where you don't want vinyl . Use two very thin strips of model car striping tape for your seams . Paint the top heavily ( with a brush with the flat color of your choice ) .

 Now for the good part .Take a round brush about eigth inch across .Cut it's bristles short creating a " Stipling " brush .Now, take that brush and stipple by touching the almost dry surface with the brush at a 90 degree angle to the surface .Do this till it's real sticky .Stop and let dry .

     You will have created a texture that won't wear off . Now if you want you can put another coat of paint on right away and soften up the first layer and create the neat patterns that used to be visible on these tops .  O.C.G.

gjgeracci
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Posted by doorslammer68 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00 PM

Hi Steve, I couldn't quite tell how you achieved that vinyl roof for the Charger?? Wow IMPRESSIVE!!! Can you tell me how; I'm just getting back into modeling and need the help from pros like you and thanks, Doorslammer68 (Curtis)

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, April 12, 2019 1:57 AM

doorslammer68

Hi Steve, I couldn't quite tell how you achieved that vinyl roof for the Charger?? Wow IMPRESSIVE!!! Can you tell me how; I'm just getting back into modeling and need the help from pros like you and thanks, Doorslammer68 (Curtis)

 

I use thin strips of .007 film for the seams, and flat enamel paint shot from a distance for my tops.

The nice thing about using flat paint is that you can use the "skin oil" technique on it.

That is where, after the paint has dried, you basically just rub the surface with your fingers and the oil on your hands will create a sheen that is very realistic looking.

It's as simple as that.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by arcturus on Monday, April 22, 2019 4:27 AM

One technique I've started using is this...

Use thin strpis for the seems. Sand them down a little if necessary. Then spray the colour on. Leave it till it goes tacky, and then with a bit of pressure , drum your fingers all over the roof. The layers of finger prints creates a texture . Got to be quite quick though before it dries. Practice on a bit of plastic .

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
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Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, April 22, 2019 4:47 PM

Thanks Straightliner

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Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, April 22, 2019 4:48 PM
Thanks Arcturas
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Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, April 22, 2019 4:54 PM
Oldercarguy, Thanks for your advice. Sure glad I joined this site, You all are really knowledgeable!!! Curtis

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