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1969 grabber yellow Boss 302 and a new vinyl top method. Wait, what?!

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1969 grabber yellow Boss 302 and a new vinyl top method. Wait, what?!
Posted by homeroV8 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:49 PM

While in the process of buiding this new project, I inadvertently found a new method of replicating vinyl tops

Initially for reproducing flat black hoods I usually mask and spray the area Testors enamel gloss black,  so a smooth surface is created for applying the outline stripe decal (minus the thin strip which I carefully cut and aplly later already semi gloss cleared); once cured, I airbrush several coats of clear gloss in an effort to turn the transition between decal and black surface smooth and imperceptible, and later mist coats of semi gloss clear until desired shine of semi gloss or flat black is achieved. Only this time I airbrushed Testors wet look clear, and the paint beneath reacted real bad as clear cured. This mess can be fixed, however it immediately came to my mind it could be a new method for reproducing viny top in easy, durable and quick way. All you gotta do is being cold blooded and let time do his magic

I'll give it a try in other project car and check if coud be realistic enough to use as pattern

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:12 PM
looks like a good wrinkle surface. Any idea if it is repeatable or controllable?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:33 PM

Interesting concept but to my eye the grain looks a bit too big and lumpy.

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:29 PM

I'm guessing the Testors Wet Look clear is a lacquer. The damage looks typical of painting lacquer over enamel. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:23 AM

Yes Wet Look Clear is a laquer, albeit a mild one.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:55 AM

I don't think I would use this method for a vinyl top. Too much to chance and it looks like ruined paint to me. Patterns of ruined paint can vary wildly and look like crazed plastic in some cases. It could also dry and flake off. Two-inch tape is really an easy method for vinyl tops and only takes a litttle bit of measurement and careful application. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:04 AM

midnightprowler

Interesting concept but to my eye the grain looks a bit too big and lumpy.

 

Too shiny as well.

 

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:07 AM

modelcarjr

I don't think I would use this method for a vinyl top. Too much to chance and it looks like ruined paint to me. Patterns of ruined paint can vary wildly and look like crazed plastic in some cases. It could also dry and flake off. Two-inch tape is really an easy method for vinyl tops and only takes a litttle bit of measurement and careful application. 

 

I started using the tape method once, but abandoned it because I began getting warnings that the tape can possibly curl up on the edges and let loose as time goes by.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by homeroV8 on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:29 AM

Yes, repeatable, but not controllable..it happened the same to my Torino Cobra hood, however through polishing processes it just got all right.

 

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Posted by homeroV8 on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:33 AM

I agree completely, modelcarjr . Maybe an alternative to be perfected, at present not reliable in terms of uniformity.

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Posted by homeroV8 on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:37 AM

Goofy62, it has not been semigloss coated yet, anyway it´s just a thought on alternatives. I will still keep using the 3M tape method for now; as I agreed with with modelcarjr, it is prone to too many chances of failure.. 

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