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How to get a nice shine on car bodies

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  • Member since
    November 2007
  • From: Kentucky
How to get a nice shine on car bodies
Posted by mblmrman on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 2:31 AM
I was wondering if anybody out there has any tips on how to properly paint a body. What i mean is this. A brief rundown of your normal procedure when prepping and then painting a body. From cleaning to priming then painting and then polishing or waxing? Any and all advice would be helpful! I have been experimenting with some new techniques and I was curious about the other modelers on here. Maybe I can learn something new.
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  • From: Solihull, England
Posted by GeeBee on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:06 AM
This is what i have been doing for the last few years, and seems to work o.k for me.

1/ Remove any mold lines, and defects, fill any defects if neccesary and sand smooth.

2/ Wash parts to be sprayed in warm soapy water, then leave to dry overnight.

3/ Wipe bodyshell over with panel wipe, then prime using etch primer, leave to dry then flat down using worn 800 grit paper

4/ Prime again if neccasary

5/ make sure there's no dust or grease on the bodyshell, wipe over with Panel wipe, to remove any grease then use a tack cloth to remove any dust particles

6/ put on a light dust coat of colour, then keep building up the coats, until the body is covered o.k, then leave to dry, the drying time depends on the paint used, i use a lot of cellulose, so it dries really quick.

7/ flat down with worn 1200 grit paper, if the paint has gone on o.k i usually skip this part.

8/ buff out using a polishing mop on a minicraft drill on slow speed, and using a medium cutting polish.

9/ wash bodyshell again using warm soapy water to remove any polish from panel lines, etc

10/ After doing all the detail, BMF etc, i usually give the bodyshell a coat of wax.

  • Member since
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  • From: Kentucky
Posted by mblmrman on Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:40 AM
.......Thanks GeeBee for your help on your procedure. I like to know how everybody else does their painting procedures and compare to my own. I can maybe even pick up a trick or two to add to my way of painting.
.....thanks again for the info.....Smile

-------until next time.......mblmrman-------Big Smile
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Posted by Guts1882 on Friday, November 23, 2018 4:07 PM

What about decals? I am currently building a Tamiya Toyota GT One performance prototype with a ton of water slide decals. What is your process for applying? Do you place them on top of clear coat, then add another layer of clear?

I am getting back into model building after about a 40 year break.

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  • From: Italy
Posted by PAOLO on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:45 AM

Yes Guts1882, i apply decals on a clear coate layer and, after it dried, i apply a couple of layer of clear coat again. This protect decals from any other future process you put on the model

regards, Paolo

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Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:39 PM

I'm not that great, because I use spray can paints and primers, so this may be different from some. I usually spray the body parts with a light coat of Duplicolor gray primer before tackling any mold line or flaws. To me it makes them easiet to spot. I also might deepen the door or trunk lines etc. if they seem too shallow. After another primer coat I take it out in the sun to look for more flaws, then use progressively finer grades of sand paper ending with 1200grit paper. I like to use Tamiya or Krylon paints, though the Testor's laquers work well too.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:18 PM

I do the majority of worrying about the final finish of my paint jobs at the end of the process rather than the beginning with polishing.

For me it's much easier to polish out the final clear coats than it is to spend a lot of time sanding and re-coating in the priming process.

I use a lot of primer, but mostly to be sure to create a good barrier from the hot lacquer paints that I use.

After body prep, I usually shoot one coat of Testors primer as my "check" coat to see if any more work is required.

Then I put away the sand paper and start shooting primer, paint and clear.

As many as 4 more coats of Duplicolor primer, up to 5 coats of either MCW or Duplicolor lacquer & another 4 or 5 coats of Duplicolor clear.

By the time this is all done, I usually have a fairly presentable paint job that just needs a bit of "orange peel correction" (poishing) to look beautiful.

There are as many painting techniques as there are modelers, but this one has worked extremely well for me for many years with very few failures.









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  • From: Central U.K.
Posted by hayes on Monday, December 17, 2018 5:48 AM

The pictures of those gorgeous models is evidence that your painting technique works well, but, when applying up to 15 coats of primer/paint, how do you cope with the, sometimes, "soft" scripts & badges on a lot of kit bodies? I use fewer coats of primer & paint than you do, but on some older kit bodies I have trouble avoiding the paint submerging those faint scripts & badges - great when MCG do an etched set, but otherwise GRRRRRRAngry


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