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How to handle Multi color paint on Classic Cadillac

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How to handle Multi color paint on Classic Cadillac
Posted by Zeke on Saturday, April 11, 2020 3:02 PM
Hi all, I'm the first to admit I'm not an expert in model building even though I've done it long enough. I'm still learning airbrush and still using spray cans half the time. Looking for help on how to paint my Johan 1931 Cadillac Town Car, main body is going to be a dark red(hoping to use the Vallejo dark red), the back half of car is a light brown wicker look(check out the photo of the real thing), the roof is a textured finish (thinking of using Vallejo black which seems more of a semi-gloss to me), and finally there is gloss black trim all along the body which will go with the gloss black fenders and running boards (I used Tamiya Gloss black and airbrushed it on). Was thinking of painting the wicker first using the airbrush, then airbrush the Vallejo red, then mask off and airbrush the roof Vallejo black and finally trying to decide on doing the black trim by hand, or maybe even with a marker to make it easier. The pics will help explain all of this. Any advice on the order of colors first to last and secondly, what would you do to handle the black trim on the body? I don't like the idea of masking all of this as I'm not an expert in that area so that's why I thought of using a good glosss black marker.your thoughts..?   Oh yea, this is the first time I've tried attaching photos (using Imjur) so hope this works out....


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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 12, 2020 3:18 PM

Always use the Light color first and let it dry completely.  Mask off the section you don't want a second color on and burnish the tape down securely.  Paint your secendary color.

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  • From: Burleson, TX. Grew up in Pittsburg and Whitehouse TX
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Sunday, April 12, 2020 6:41 PM
You might also look into using Parafilm instead of tape. It gives even cleaner edges. I've used it for years with good results.
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Posted by Zeke on Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:11 PM

I've never heard of parafilm but will check it out. I guess I'll start with the wicker color and then the red. I figure I can always strip it all off if I screw up!


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