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Wood Grain Trick!!

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, January 5, 2017 7:41 PM


Or, better yet, get some from a kit like you did :)



Unfortunately, the MPC '65 Monaco kits are a little hard to come by! Big Smile



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Posted by CanesBart on Thursday, January 5, 2017 1:20 PM

Very nice!

The trick is finding wood pattern contact paper that looks scale.

One method I use, print a scale wood grain pattern on that sticky backed office paper used for printing sticky return of address labels

Also, wood flooring catalogs (the kind you get free at home depot) have shiny, thick pages with all sorts of wood grain, that is naturally in scale.  Spray it with that sealer spray for artwork.  

Or, better yet, get some from a kit like you did :)


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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 7:32 PM

A while back I bought a partially built MPC '65 Dodge Monaco.

Included in the kit was a sheet of "contact paper" like wood grain material.

I set it aside thinking that I would never use it.

Recently, it re-entered my mind when I was looking for an idea for wood grain in a '69 Coronet R/T project.

It worked very well!







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Posted by Ergo Proxy on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:47 AM

That looks pretty good! Besides, they used fake wood on the real cars anyway.

Too many models to build in a lifetime.

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Posted by Gb948 on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 2:40 PM

I think you nailed it.  It looks great.

Oh crap!

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Posted by rustyroach on Sunday, April 26, 2015 10:16 AM

For anyone who is considering this option, the price today is 6.99 and they offer free shipping. Still a bargain, I hope it works for me.

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Posted by Sparkmaster75 on Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:40 AM
At my local dollar store I found shelving paper with wood grain on it. It comes in a roll like gift wrapping paper and has a adhesive backing on it. There were two colors, a light tan and a redish brown. There are sections where the grain is a bit large, but most of it has small grain just right for models. Be aware this is dollar store stuff any the adhesive may be thin in spots and heavy in others. For a dollar it's worth a shot.
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Posted by bonehead23 on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:29 PM! They have very thin, flexible and real-looking vinyl intended for Jeep Wagoneers. For $2.00 and shipping, you can get a sample pack of eight different woods, a lot for the money. It works great, conforms well, and sticks tight. it must be the same material as those screw covers; I have used that stuff too, but  Stripeman stuff is way better and you get a lot for 2 bucks. I got six packs for a lifetime supply.

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Posted by Foxer on Monday, November 11, 2013 8:08 PM

10 mil (.01") wood veneer sheets are available ... think .01 styrene sheets ... thin enough for our purposes. Here's one site

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Posted by BigTallDad on Monday, November 11, 2013 2:20 PM

There are also very thin sheets of cedar that separate the layers of cigars in boxes. They can be left in a natural color or bleached, for a lighter shade. I have some if you're interested Snork.

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Posted by MR. ME on Monday, November 11, 2013 1:54 PM

Sorry dont remember name I believe its either DON MIGUELS or maybe PARTEGAS. A TOBACCO SHOP, should know I GOT three sheets about 2 years ago, from a buddy here in Erie Pa. Worked great for a 29 FORD woody I built for anothe buddy. SNORK I know we've had some differences in the past, but I'm serious about this. Its paper thin and comes wrapped around a few different higher end cigars, or as a liner inside their tubes. Anyone else know/remember what I'm refering to

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Posted by Snork56 on Monday, November 11, 2013 1:15 PM

Cigars, ?  What brand?

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Posted by MR. ME on Monday, November 11, 2013 12:13 PM

There is also that real thin sheet wrapped around certain cigars bit of a pain to work, but very realistic, at least to my eyes

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Posted by High octane on Friday, November 8, 2013 11:08 PM

Did you check with Modelhaus as they have three different woodgrain sheets that goes on like BMF?

High octane

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Posted by hack-n-whack on Friday, November 8, 2013 12:43 PM

Hi, I've got two AMT/ Round 2 1934  and one AMT/ Round 2  '36 Ford kits converted to woodys. I seem to remember MPC using contact paper for the sides and tailgate of their 1929 Model A woody. Is the contact paper the same as shelving paper liners? I'm not very good at paint, so I rarely finish anything. ANY shortcuts would be a plus for me!   Thanks.

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Posted by TOPNOTCH on Friday, November 8, 2013 10:19 AM

HI, Try contact paper, works great for pick up beds also

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Posted by Andy X on Friday, June 21, 2013 6:45 PM

you can also pick up sample  books from big box stores , some even have a grain to them .

the grain is usually reduced so it doesn't look out of scale.. and much higher resolution than a home printer can achieve

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Posted by sjordan on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:49 PM

Very clever. As an alternative, you can download and print a huge variety of wood samples from wood companies, veneer companies, etc. This allows you to size the grain to scale, and alter the hue if you want. At small scales, real wood grain would be too coarse, so the printed alternative is more realistic. Try this source, or search Google images:

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:44 AM

I prefer paint,  Ice cream stick too thick in many instances.     S56->

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, May 11, 2013 3:50 PM

At our local kitchen fitters/diy stores they have rolls of iron on woodgrain. But don't try and iron it on your kit, just use superglue!

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:24 PM

I'll try this. A lot better than my idea to cut panel out and insert a piece of wooden ice cream stick. . .! :-D

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Posted by hemi hunter on Monday, April 29, 2013 11:45 PM

nice tip thankz

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Posted by papadan on Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:04 PM

not bad, thanks for tip!

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Wood Grain Trick!!
Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, April 27, 2013 9:52 PM

Maybe this has been done before, i don't know, but i came up with this idea a while back and tried it out tonight. If you've ever put together any of those shelving units or entertainment centers, they always come with little wood grain stickers to cover up the screws. Well, i kept some becuase i thought they might work for adding a wood grain finish to dash boards, consoles, or even door panels. I cut out peices from the circle stickers with an X-acto knife, and stuck them on a Charger console, i think it worked pretty good! Just the right "sheen", looks almost factory! I need to do some touching up on the console, but i just wanted to share this little tip if it's never been brought up before! Here's a couple picks...



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