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Blending colors with an airbrush

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Blending colors with an airbrush
Posted by bigden on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:36 AM

Hello..I'm working on a 1968 Mustang and I need info on how to blend paint. I'm doing a c-stripe of gold color and I need to fog it into black base color. What steps would you take? I hope I attached the photo the right way.

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, February 21, 2020 2:58 PM

Do you use an airbrush? Can it be adjusted to a fairly fine line, or have a fine needle/nozzle option?

I don't actually have much real advice, at least not from experience. I haven't tried such an effect since I was a kid. Both gold and black are good covering paints, so that should work in your favour. I think I would grab a scrap model body and start practicing. If possible, I would paint everything black first. Then load some gold into the airbrush which has been set to produce a fine line, and start practicing the effect. It may take some practice to get good at it.

I'm not sure how to proceed with the actual paint job, but I would start again by painting the body black and let it cure. Then mask and spray as much of the gold as you can with a solid line between the black and gold. Once that has been unmasked and cured, then try the blending effect on the border that seperates the gold from the black.

This is how I would start to go about it, though part way through I may realise a better method. Either way, it will take some practice on a scrap body to get the technique down. If you are using hobby paints or most lacquers, you can always strip the paint if it all goes south, and start again. True for both the practice body and your project.

Keep in mind, I have no real experience doing this paint effect. This is just a few words on how I would start going about it. My two cents, if it's worth even that. Good luck, and show us your result if you wish.

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