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Colored window tint......
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:43 PM
Instead of using the window tint sheets that tint shops/detail shops use on 1:1 cars........ how would one go about tinting model glass? Food coloring?

Gimme some ideas, fellas. Smile
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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 7:15 AM
Go to Michaels and get the paint for glass (faux stained glass); it works on glass or plastic and costs a whopping $1.69 a bottle [plus tax].

Make a thick mask from cardboard that conforms to the demarcation line and double-stick tape it to the winshield. Holding your airbush at an angle, spray the top of the windshield; increase the angle and re-spray.

The angle allows the tint to gradually get darker/lighter and the thick cardboard minimizes the "hard" edge. The end result is a windhield that has dark tint at the top and gets lighter towards the bottom of the band.

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Posted by MojoDoctor on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 8:49 AM
If you have access to Tamiya acrylic paints, find some "Smoke" X-19 which is a transparent dark grey. Several coats of airbrushed Smoke will darken those windows nicely!

Go back to the 'Forum Index' page and search for 'window tint' and you'll find many suggestions for this procedure.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 10:37 AM
But I have heard never to use smoke as the result are not acceptable unless you happen to be very lucky the day you spray?

ModelMaster makes a rattle can for window tint, but I don't know how good it is. I've also heard of something that you boil in a saucepan and dip the whole glass thing into. With each dip, it gets darker. What is that stuff? From what I remeber it is hard to find?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:30 AM
Thats a cool idea Ray. I'll have to try that. Thanks!

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Posted by JakeCouture on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 5:08 PM
If you use Future floor polish, you can color it and do the dip with whatever color you want. There is a great site that Dag65 posted in another window tinting thread that gives all kinds of great uses for Future...
http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html
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Posted by dag65 on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 5:36 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Eyeleveleast

If you use Future floor polish, you can color it and do the dip with whatever color you want. There is a great site that Dag65 posted in another window tinting thread that gives all kinds of great uses for Future...
http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html

*** beat me to it LOL!
Steve Millberry posted a nice how to on how he uses this formula to make the factory tint at the top of windshileds
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Posted by dodgeon24s on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 5:49 PM
the model master rattle can is not taht good....it runs and runs. i have tried light applications to dark applications and it all turned out terrible. may have been just the can but still its a waste so i just kept sprayin and sprayin till it got totally black and opaque. Big Smile
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Posted by sidepipe87 on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 8:13 PM
the model master spray tint sucks. That being said, I have however effectively duplicated colored tint such as blue and green using testors transparent candy apple colors, or i imagine one could also use their pearl colors, such as aluma yellow pearl. The main thing is that unlike me, u must be PATIENT!!, otherwise it will most definately run. ~ Ryan
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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 8:23 PM
The glass paint from Michaels is a tad thick, which may or may not work to your advantage. I lay the part to be painted flat.

The thick mask allows you to hold the airbrush low, spraying the upper edge of the windshield. Give that a minute or two to dry, then respray while holding the airbrush a bit higher. Repeat as necessary.

When all is said and done, you end up with a graduated tint, where the top part is darker than the lower. Since the cardboard is thick, you don't have a "hard" edge like you would with straight masking tape.

For all the purists that insist on using only model-oriented materials, give it a shot! For less than two bucks and some scrap plastic, you might ratchet your skills up a notch

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 10:06 PM
another thing most craft shops like micheals caries is a thin acetate film..

it it the suff the clear overhead projector transparancies are made from.. it comes in several colors and can be applied simular to real auto tint behind the models transparent plastic..

just another way..

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Posted by JakeCouture on Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:29 AM
I read you post in the other thread, and it sounds like you are wanting colored tints, like reds and blues and greens over the whole window, right? Thin coats of Testors candy colors or the Future trick I think will be your best bet. Or colored acetate sheet.
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Posted by gratch73a on Thursday, June 23, 2005 9:51 PM
I've used some of testors tranparent colors for colored window tinting that matched the body.

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