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Tamiya clear paint over Tamiya Chrome

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  • Member since
    January 2017
Tamiya clear paint over Tamiya Chrome
Posted by Calmo2 on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:22 PM

Hello; I was wondering if anyone out there has trie to paint Tamiya X-27 Clear red over Tamiya X-11 Chrome silver. I have seen one video of a guy that did this over a black primer to make what looks like metalic candy apple red. I am wondering if the primer has to be black to get the same affect or can I use grey primer? I am trying to get away from using black primer.  Thanks .

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:40 AM

This is not a smart aleck answer, but my suggestion would be to get some white plastic spoons and experiment with painting them to see which combination you like.

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

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:46 AM

Yeah, as Rick says, personal experimentation is the key. A lot of interesting colours and effects can be made by shooting clear colours over a variety of base coats.

If what you are asking is, does it matter what colour primer is under the chrome silver, the answer is No. Any colour primer will work under silver.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    August 2016
Posted by mini man on Friday, December 15, 2017 12:22 PM

I learned a good trick/tip from someone in VA and it is to spray (any) clear over chrome while still on the sprue- helps where the chrome is delicate or fragile.




  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by Calmo2 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:56 PM

Thanks Guys; I did go out and purchase some white plastic spoons to experiment on. Thanks Bainford, I didn't think the color of the primer would make any difference. Thanks again guys.


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