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My First Car Build just made a U-Turn

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  • Member since
    February, 2018
My First Car Build just made a U-Turn
Posted by lacquer-lover on Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:42 PM

Definatley learing what not to do when building a car...



Current Projects:

AMT 1/25 67 Impala SS

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    March, 2010
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Posted by High octane on Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:58 PM

Why, what happened???

High octane

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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:47 AM

Don't get too discouraged.

Took me more than 35 years to settle on a good painting system, & even now I still have issues on occasion.

You're right about Testors lacquers.

I use almost none of them anymore.

If you have an airbrush you're much better off using one of the ready to airbrush lacquer paints offered like MCW paints.

If not, Duplicolor is very good paint, as long as you don't mind the "out of scale" metallic particles in the paint.

But it's no worse than Testors.

If you do decide to try some automotive lacquer, make sure that you get some pointers before diving in.

Unlike the "so called" Testors lacquers, Duplicolor & MCW are actual lacquers and require specific prep before painting.



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    December, 2017
Posted by Dale Gribble on Sunday, March 25, 2018 11:09 AM


Definatley learing what not to do when building a car...





i replied on your video , but I'll copy it here as well . I have over 20 years experience painting 1:1 vehicles , and extensive experience in lacquer finishes as well ..


Lacquer clears take multiple coats as the buildup is next to nothing . That's why the old school paint jobs had that "miles deep" shine to them . The basecoats cover very quick and evenly . 


Your clear peeled because you let the basecoat dry too long before applying the clear . There is a chemical and mechanical bond that happens between  coats . Lacquer dries almost instantly after applying in normal conditions . You have a mechanical bond with your prepped and scuffed surface/primer. You have a chemical bond with successive coats . You can't leave the basecoat open too long or the clear won't melt into it . I do a lot of painting with the one coat lacquer colors , I like to topcoat with either 2k clear with a hardener , or in a pinch the testors high gloss enamel clear . 

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build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....rareity is for sissies ! 

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

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    February, 2018
Posted by lacquer-lover on Sunday, March 25, 2018 12:24 PM

Thanks for the advice!

Current Projects:

AMT 1/25 67 Impala SS


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