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Cleaning up Panel Line Accent on Gloss Paint

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Cleaning up Panel Line Accent on Gloss Paint
Posted by les.61 on Friday, March 08, 2019 8:14 PM

Hi, I have tried using panel line accent (Tamiya) on a car with white gloss paint. I am having difficulty cleaning the overruns from the paint. What do you recommend? Options are enamal thinner, methylated spirits, mineral turpentine (however this stuffs up the gloss paint) or isppropyl alchohol. How long do you leave the panel line accent to dry before doing the cleanup?

Thanks.

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:19 AM

What kind of paint is the white paint? The Tamiya panel accent is enamel, so if the white pain is enamel the panel wash may not clean up without polishing it off of the white paint. If the white is lacquer, you may have a chance by carefully working it with some enamel thinner or similar brush cleaner on a cotton swab, but some polishing or waxing may still be required to restore shine. Go carefully to avoid damaging the paint, and test first in an inconspicuous area. If the white paint is acrylic, I don't how it will react to the panel accent wash, though like the enamel it can probably be polished off.

I clean up any 'outside the lines' panel wash immediately. The sooner the better.

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Posted by les.61 on Saturday, March 09, 2019 2:37 AM

The white gloss paint is "Tamiya Colr for Plastics Spray Paint" and does not actually say what type of paint it is. A web site says "Tamiya TS spray paint is a synthetic lacquer that cures in a short period of time. The spray paint is extremely useful for painting large model surfaces. Tamiya spray paints are not affected by acrylic or enamel paints. Therefore, following the painting of the entire assembly, details can be added or picked out using enamel and/or acrylic paints."

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:35 PM

I just use acrylic craft paint such as "Ceramcoat" for panel lines.

It's cheap and comes in hundreds of colors.

With acrylic craft paint, there is zero chance that you will damage your finish and it's easy to clean up after it has dried with a damp cloth.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by les.61 on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:39 PM

Thanks Steve for the suggestion. Assume this is the sort of thing you are talking about. https://www.spotlightstores.com/craft-hobbies/art-supplies/paints-mediums/acrylic-paints/decoart-crafters-acrylic-paint/BP80466093-black  

Do you thin it or use it straight? If you thin what do you use?

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:16 AM

Different packaging, but I assume it is the same stuff.

 

Steve

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Posted by Plowboy on Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:27 AM

I would use a 12000 grit polishing pad to remove the panel accent. Follow that with Tamiya Fine or Finish polish. 

On your next model, try scribing the panel lines deeper. It gives a model a much more natural look. To me, nothing looks worse than black washed panel lines. Especially on a light colored model. I use a dental pick that I modified with a Dremel. It cuts razor thin lines quickly. I used to use a razor saw or photo etch saw blades. Those work well. Do not use the backside of of an Xacto blade. It will wander and slip out of the lines. Not to mention, make them wider. It takes a little time to scribe panel lines. But, the effort and effect that it gives is well worth it.  

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:31 PM

I'm going to go ahead and agree with both Goofy and Plowboy on this one. The cheap water based colors are easy to use and you can find or mix any gap shade you need.

As for scribing, never discount the value of opening those gaps a bit. Not only does it add to the look of the car but it gives the paint a deeper channel to flow into. This reduces risk of paint on the panel as well as adding "depth" when you look at it. Awesome tips!

Plus, if you have a Harbor Freight near you, they sell a six pack of dental picks that are perfect for this. 

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 les.61 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:58 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. Live in Australia and we do not have Harbor Freight but have looked on EBay and placed a bit to buy a six piece set.
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Posted by 195X on Friday, March 15, 2019 3:00 PM

There you go! Be mindful of the shape of each hook and test run all of them on scrap plastic. Each one will react differently to being dragged over the plastic and some will go back and forth while others are one direction fans all the way. 

 

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 Plowboy on Friday, March 15, 2019 6:07 PM

You'll also need to grind and file the tip down to make it thinner. Otherwise, it will make the panel lines wider. You want it as thin as possible like a photo etch saw blade or razor saw. When you begin to use it, make light pulls with little to no pressure. Once you've made a couple of pulls, you can start adding pressure to cut quicker. If you get your tip right, it will cut both directions.

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