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    March, 2017
Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:14 PM

Has anyone ever solved the problem of brush painting a model car body without telltale brush strokes? I gave up years ago but I'm curious to know if anyone has been successful, and how did they do it? Thanks!

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    March, 2004
  • From: Lancashire, UK
Posted by marcusadam on Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:00 AM

There was an article about this in Fine Scale Modeller several years ago, I'll try to find it, just might take a while!! pretty sure this was it. 



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    August, 2016
  • From: Wisconsin
Posted by jwrass14 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 10:38 AM


A dead flat finish with no brush strokes can be achieved if one uses the right tools and products.

What I have shown here would be unconventioal products normally not associated with modeling however they work great and IMO are much better than any modeling paint on the market.

The paint has a very good open time, Meaning: It stays wet long enough for the paint to flow out thus eliminating brush marks. They are highly pigmented and cover fantastic. Once they start to dry they dry to the touch in about 1-3 hours and are very hard and durable when letting dry over nght.

The One Shot brand was he gold standard when Sign Artists would actually swing a brush for signage. They cover well. Dry hard and are very durable.  

The next would be the brushes. The two shown are called lettering Quills and come in various sizes and types of hairs. The hairs are Russian Squirrel Hair and are very soft.... the one on the left is a brown hair and the one on the right is a grey. The brown is the softer of the two.

I hope you find this helpful, I know this combinaton will give you great results.



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Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:54 PM



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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:01 PM


     He took the words right out of my mouth . This will work . Now for using regular model paint there is a way . I have done this using the same brushes  . I have taken Testors Square Bottle ( Not the Model Master line ! )and thinned it with Naptha ,( old style lighter fluid .) I keep thinning till I get good coverage and no separation at panel lines . Than I paint the panel lines first .One Light Coat .Then about four days later I take on the rest of the body .Here's how you do that .

    Take the red Squirrel brush and paint the top of the fender ( front ) and go from the windshield base to the headlight ring or brow .Then paint the whole side of that same fender before you stop .All the way to the rocker.

  Then the door . Don't let the paint overlap from panel to panel . Always find a panel line or natural break in the contour . Take Blue masking tape or Tamiya tape and burnish it on a piece of glass or formica .Do this till almost all the sticky feels weak .

   Tape off the front fender or door at the panel lines . Burnish down well and paint away . When done you should have a first class glossy paint job . Oh , One very important thing . You may not get it super on the first job . Don't give up though . Practice on bodies that are ready to go in the recycle bin .

    Remember , Practice Makes Perfect ! ! O.C.G.

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Posted by CanesBart on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:39 PM

I do it for 1/35 tanks all the time.  Not brave enough for a car, though  :)

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    March, 2017
Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:30 AM

Thanks for the tip! Can I substitute use something other than naphta? That stuff makes me nervous.



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