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  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Trying to finish current build
Posted by NewB71 on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 5:59 PM

Currently I'm working on a revell '49 mercury. The car is ready for paint and decals but I may not be. Here's the deal.My landload is picky about what I do and he would probably flip if he hae anything that resembled a spraybooth and besides which I have breathing issues so me spraying it probably ain't a good idea. Anybody have any viable ideas  that might bring this to an end.

Tanks

NewB71

  • Member since
    January 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:47 AM

Hello,

First off, I would suggest acrylic paints.  They have the least "smell". 

You have the option to brush paint, but that takes a while and it is hard to make look good.  

I would suggest, and this is what I have done:  go to amazon and type in spray booth.

A foldable air brush spray booth should be the first thing that comes up.  There are a myriad of brands but they are all the same.  The prices vary.  Look hard.

I was able to get one for 69$ SHIPPED.  It was also the model that has the evacuation hoses that allow you to dump the fumes outside via the window sill.

This thing works like a champ, and when you are done, you fold it up and no one has any idea it is a spraybooth.  It looks like a little suitcase.

Good luck.

 

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 2:14 AM

Thanks for the reply. Doesn't a spray booth have to be vented to the outside? When it comes to acrylics, I assume you would prefer spray over brush however I'm looking to applying a metallic finish. Can this be done with acrylics?

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:00 AM

The DecoArt brand of acrylics has some different metallic paints.  They are the cheaper bottles of acrylics found in the craft painting section.  Quite often they are on sale for less than $1 a bottle.  I have not used the metallics yet, but I have used this brand in other colors.  They can be thinned with isopropyl alcohol or Windex.  It will require a few more coats of paint to get  the best color, but they are thin coats.  A final coat of your favorite clear and it will look fine.  BTW, from what I can tell the metallic is fairly close to scale.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 4:55 PM

Thanks-good info. If the paint is to be thinned,how thin would be good? What about using a primer? You mention a final coat of clear. As I plan on decaling the car I guess I could use a brush on gloss coat, followed by decals then either leave it glossy oy applt a coat of matte finish. BTW,do the brush on gloss and matte finishes require thinning?

Thanks

Bob

  • Member since
    May 2019
Posted by plydude55 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:26 PM

I have become very fond of the craft acrylics, Hobby Lobby and Michaels have large selection of colors, includeing metallics and pearls.

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Posted by plydude55 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:32 PM

Oh yeah, as to thinning, about 50/50 paint to thinner. Iuse windshield washer fluid, as recommended by Chris Chapman, it works great! You can check Chris out on youtube.

 

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 10:58 PM
I went and bought a good dual filter mask that i wear while spraying. even though i'm using a booth, the paint smell still wafts around the room, and i don't want to breath that in.

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:44 PM

Greetings newb71. The previously mentioned spray booth is the best way. I had the same situation many years back with a landlord. If he does not live in the same unit as you it should be no issue.

The filters for these things will catch all the overspray so really, you're venting fumes. My booth has a detachable vent hose, similar to a dryer hose, with an oval opening on the end about 6" wide and 2" tall. I open a window and place the exhaust in the bottom, using the window to hold it down. After spraying let the fan run and leave the room for 15 minutes. After that the room should be fully vented depending on the type of paint used.

Createx wicked colors are excellent. Pre-thinned, and will be dry before that 15 minutes is up. They lay down really smooth and have a wide range of opaques, clears, metallics and pearls.

A good mask is essential in any indoor painting.

I hope this is a help to you.

If you don't have an AB, a decent cheapie can be found a Harbor Freight. PLEASE do the modeling world a favor and DO NOT buy a cheap Testors or one of those that come with a vinyl hose. You're just asking for trouble and keeping the garbage makers in business.

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 195X on Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:45 PM

P.S. I have an extra Harbor Freight AB if you don't have one near you.

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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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, October 21, 2019 7:46 AM

All these are good suggestions.  Yet I must disagree a bit with the post concerning an air brush from Harbor Freight, it is a Chinese knock-off of a Bagder unit.  At Harbor Feight, and I am an avid shopper there, you pay your money and take your chances.  I bought an electric saws-all for $19.99+tax and have been very surprised and pleased with it.  I also bought an 8" table drill press for $59.99+tax.  I wanted to use it for sanding tires, however with the least bit of pressure of a sanding stick against the tire will choke the motor, I cannot drill a 1/4 inch hole through a piece of 2X4 because the motor has not got enough torque.  I cannot take it back because I had it in the box for more than a year before I put it to use. If you do decide to buy an Airbrush, try it out as soon as you get it home, use it as frequently as possible before the return date, because they have a pretty strict return policy.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Monday, October 21, 2019 10:14 AM

I understand your reticence Rick but, I've been using their cheap knockoffs for a few years now with no issues. Yes, Harbor freight is hit and miss but, I would not offer to send him one if the AB's were junk. 

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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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:41 AM

I see that you are in New Jersey.  Before the weather really turns, consider painting outdoors.  I have had to do the same for my wife, and on a calm day, spend a few minutes outside and bring the model back in to dry under a heat lamp.

 

This works fine for primers and such, when painting final color, I wait until late in the evening or early morning when I am the only person to know what is going on! :)

This is fun % P

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