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how do you simulate vinyl rooftops?

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how do you simulate vinyl rooftops?
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, April 18, 2005 12:22 AM
i was wondering whats the best way to simulate the vinyl roof.
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Posted by mini musclecar man on Monday, April 18, 2005 12:37 AM
this is what i use

http://www.briansmodelcars.com/tutorials/tutorial.asp?TutorialID=47&CurPage=1

it is incredibly easy to get good results.
my only advice is to use thinner strips of plastic for the seams than what is shown in the link, do not let the paint sqirt in drips, it must mist onto the roof. and you must use gloss enamel paints.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, April 18, 2005 2:21 AM
here is what my 1st attempt at a vynl top looked like it was easy

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Posted by 7055 on Monday, April 18, 2005 4:34 PM
I use a masking tape method. You just cover the top in masking tape and then brush paint it the desired color. I think it is a lot simpler than the other method as you don't have to mask and spray paint.
heres mine



Here is where I learned how to do it...http://modeltech.tripod.com/vinyl_top.htm

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 9:19 PM
using the wide masking tape (2" i think) is the way to do it...overlap them so you get the heat seams that are found on the real cars. ;)
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 2:39 AM
I base coat the car, let it dry then base the roof...... black or whatever color the vinyl will be. Then clear the whole car as normal. After the clear has dried, I mask the body color all off and spray another coat of clear onto the top, BUT: I spray at a low pressure so it's spitting out in fine drops. Test your gun pattern, watch it carefully as you drop the pressure to where it goes from fog to fine spatter. Then you spray a light coat of the spatters. It looks great every time! It's easy and durable. You can use flattening agent if you like so it's not quite glossy, otherwise it looks like someone got whacko with the armor-all.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 3:54 PM
has anyone tried the new testor's base coat, top coat vinyl top sprays???

it comes in 2 cans for black or 2 cans for white...

Walt

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Posted by 7055 on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 1:14 PM
This sounds interesting rammed88, is their a website or something for this?
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Posted by Blendmik on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 9:07 PM
see my earlier post regarding simulating leather for interiors using paint and a semi dry brush............Smile
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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:25 AM
I just discovered Krylon Suede rattlecan paint. Easy to use, good results

http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16709

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 5:57 PM
A few years back I found some black shelf paper that I used on some models and people said it was a dead ringer for replicating vinyl roof tops. It wasn't smooth, it had texture to it. Don't remember where I found it though
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Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 8:24 PM
mmm that narrows it down

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:15 PM
Ken Hamilton is doing an article on vinyl roofs in next months Scale Auto Magazine. Keep an eye out for it. (And don't take your eye out of your head... I don't want to be held responsible!)Laugh

Cool
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Posted by F50 on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:25 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by BigTallDad

I just discovered Krylon Suede rattlecan paint. Easy to use, good results

http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16709


this looks like the way to go for me. I've used the masking tape method in the past. I probably still will, depending on the results I want. I like the first post about splattering the paint from a distance. It's all depends on the results you want in the end...Smile
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Posted by 7055 on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 11:16 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by BigTallDad

I just discovered Krylon Suede rattlecan paint. Easy to use, good results

http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/community/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16709


I gotta try this stuff
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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, June 2, 2005 3:20 PM
You can achieve the same splatter effect from the Krylon Suede by holding it a greater distance from the model.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 9:24 AM
i havent tryed it YET.. waht about spattering semi gloss black onto your masked roof?
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Posted by jroc1989 on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:59 AM
I like to use the MCG vinyl top kits. Actually, they're all I've ever used for vinyl tops. The results are outstanding. I could go on all day about MCG products. I just love 'em.

Here's a few of my vinyl topped builds (click photo to enlarge):



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Posted by camaroman on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:48 PM
Hey jroc any way to see those pictures larger. I love that Impala!
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Posted by camaroman on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:49 PM
Hey jroc any way to see those pictures larger. I love that Impala!
glenn http://public.fotki.com/glennn "That'll be the Day " The Duke from "The Searchers"
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Posted by bugsy_malonn on Monday, July 4, 2005 2:10 AM
I have done several vinyl tops I know in these pictures the cars are junked out but before they were the tops looked show quality. I used masking tape sprayed flat black or flat white then put it on the car after it had dried. I have used a vinyl top kit one time just to see if there would be any difference in the end result and I would have to say it looked the same









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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 4, 2005 5:28 AM
masking tape sorted
hey j roc any progress on the sleeper ?
e mail me so we dont hijack this thread flyboy572001@yahoo.com
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Posted by BigTallDad on Monday, July 4, 2005 6:59 AM
I've used masking tape too; problem is, the adhesive eventually crystallizes and the tape falls off.

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