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I'm getting a cheap 1/18 Ferrari 550 Maranello off eBay and I plan to respray it and add some sideskirts and a fron't spoiler to it. Can anybody give me some detailed steps to doing the respray please?

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Darren
 
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The best cheap Maranello is by Mattel. It's the next step down from UT which is currently the best (not the cheapest) out there. The Maisto version is quite bad next to the other two.

I completely strip my cars with Polly-stripper, apply two or three coats of primer and at least 5 coats of final color. Some people use a clear coat but if you do a good job on your paint application and buffing when dry, you shouldn't need it unless you're sealing decals.
 
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i have heard from various sources that stripping all of the paint is sometimes a bad idea. mainly bc of imperfections in the metal. i guess those coats of primer help straighten things out.
 
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i have heard from various sources that stripping all of the paint is sometimes a bad idea. mainly bc of imperfections in the metal. i guess those coats of primer help straighten things out.

How very true, Yat Ming is like the surface of the moon when stripped. What I do in those cases is polish the surface till it's nice and smooth and then start painting.

What some people do too is if the chosen color is close or darker than the original one, they just lightly sand the surface with fine steel wool or one of them 3M pads and paint over that. Only thing is, you might end up with a thick paint finish hiding some detail. A coat of primer is also recommended but that will only compound the problem.
 
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