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Painting Spec Cast pre-painted body.

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  • Member since
    July 2007
Painting Spec Cast pre-painted body.
Posted by arkyt on Friday, December 27, 2019 6:59 PM

My grandkids gave me a pre-painted metal model for Christmas.  Got me started again.  Need any and all information on painting the body to two-tone it.  Like most 1957 Ford convertibles.  Also, the best tape for paint masking available today.  Thanks

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    February 2004
Posted by rcarlisle on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:40 AM

You have two directions really.   You can strip to baremetal and start over with metal prep, proper primers, etc.   OR... you can clean any unwanted markings that would ghost through and sand/scuff the factory finish and paint over that.  I'm usually in favor of scuffing the original finish since it is put on there pretty well. 

As for tape, most modeling folks swear by Tamiya masking tape and it is good stuff.   There are others that use Bare Metal Foil for a really sharp paint line - if you are getting back in to the hobby, you may not havea easy access to either of those.  Regular old 3M masking tape can work too.  

Good luck.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:00 AM

rcarlisle advice is sound. i've done both painting types and got satisfactory results. the only reason to strip the factory paint is if it is chipped or very thick causing loss of detail.

you can remove tampo decals with isopropyl alcohol.

This car i painted over the factory red paint

 DSCF8588 by aus_mus, on Flickr

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Posted by arkyt on Monday, January 13, 2020 6:13 PM

Thanks for the advice.

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    July 2007
Posted by arkyt on Monday, January 13, 2020 6:15 PM

Thanks, going to try painting over the half that needs to be colored.


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