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Stupid question about polished plastic.
Posted by 195X on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:58 AM

I have always been one of those guys that paints everything, even if it's not going to be seen. However I have this Monogram Superbird. It's color is SO close to corporate blue, I'd kind of like to try and use the plastic color. So the question becomes, is there a process so that when I'm done it doesn't LOOK like clear, coated plastic?

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 spencer1984 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:45 PM
Yup: paint the inside of the body black. The opaque color prevents light from shining through, and it will provide you with the needed shadows inside wheel wells, rockers, etc. If you need to paint the headliner to match the interior and the black base throws the color off too much, you can also use silver as a light block.
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Posted by 195X on Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:02 AM

Thank you Spencer. I think that's how I'll attack 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 mrmike on Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:11 PM

I try not to clearcoat bare plastic.  I polish the plastic first with Meguiars Scratch X 2.0 then I use either The Final Detail Model Was or Novus #1 Wax.  Here's my '67 Chevelle SS396 that I polished the plastic on without adding any clearcoat.

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:37 PM

Won't the edges of the "Plymouth" decal show if I don't clear coat?

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 mrmike on Friday, June 26, 2020 7:23 AM

I think the decal edges would show either way, especially if you are looking for them.  

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Posted by TransAm Mike on Friday, June 26, 2020 10:54 AM

By the way Mrmike, the SS Chevelle looks great.

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Posted by 195X on Friday, June 26, 2020 11:22 AM

That SS does look really good. I'll have to pick up some of the scratch-x, I have Novus on hand. I'm thinking now, maybe a dry transfer decal or possibly a stencil. That way I avoid decals except for the Roadrunners themselves. Thanks for all the good advice guys. :)

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 mrmike on Friday, June 26, 2020 1:05 PM

BTW, use the Scratch-X 2.0 first then use the Novus #2.  I find that the Novus #2 is finer in texture than the Scratch-X.  And, thank you for the nice comments about my Chevelle SS396!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:10 AM

You're very welcome. Thank YOU for the advice on these polishes. My local WallyWorld had both in stock and later tonight I'm going to rub my little fingers to death! I did alter one bit of advice though. I'm going to spray underneath it with a dark blue instead of black. I'll probably screw it all up and have to strip in favor of black but, I just thought a navy blue would blend in easier and still leave me the needed shadows. Fingers crossed!

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 Lil Rebel on Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:00 PM

As far as what to use for polishing plsatic, no one seems to ever mention "Wenol", it works like magic, not only that but polishes any type of metal. A little dab will do it. I been using the same tube for over 15 yrs. Great stuff!

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, June 27, 2020 3:04 PM

Lil Rebel

As far as what to use for polishing plsatic, no one seems to ever mention "Wenol", it works like magic, not only that but polishes any type of metal. A little dab will do it. I been using the same tube for over 15 yrs. Great stuff!

 

I never heard of Wenol.  I had to Google it to find out what it is.  Some sort of metal polish and that may be the key word here...metal polish.  Most people tend to find products for paint not metal.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Lil Rebel on Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:23 AM

I realize that, but this stuff works on plastic, and painted surfaces. Been used on the car show circit for years. you just don't rub hard. I never clear coat models to achive a glass like shine. You have to let the paint gass out throughly so it is dry. take a little (and I do mean little) gently rub with an old Tee shirt till you start to see a slite shine then move to a clean spot on the shirt. Remember to use a light touch. It polishes orange peel out as it goes .Try on scrap body, see if you don't like it.

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Posted by 195X on Monday, June 29, 2020 12:46 AM

This is the ride I'm trying to duplicate.

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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