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I know it is simple to some but I am in need of some advice on painting a 1:18 Corvette. What kind of supplies are needed and how can I avoid making a mistake. My idea was to turn it into a cop car and to have the same finish as the original paint.
 
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If this is your first time painting a model, I would suggest practicing on a donor model first. I've painted a few models and still make the occasional mistakes.

Heres a brief description as to some of the steps I follow.

First, I disassemble the model completely. Followed by extensive sanding. After all is sanded, I tape the model off using masking tape and newspaper. After double checking to ensure everything is covered and sanded appropriately I commence painting.

Painting will vary depending on aerosol or a mini air gun(I always use a mini air gun). The first coat I lay is more of a mist followed by two to three coats of a even layered spray. I would let the paint dry between each coat approximately 24 hrs depending on the paint.

After the paint is completely dry, a clear coat is applied followed by another 24 hrs of drying/curing/hardening.

This is the part where I run into some confusion myself. Applying polish to a painted model. there seems to be different methods to this and I'm not sure which yields the best results. Maybe someone else can shed some light on this for the both of us. :?:

Hope that was helpful as it has yielded me some nice finished projects. :mrgreen:
 

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Well being a spraypainter myself, i paint my models with a proper 2 pack hvlp gun. Id say if using cans, disassemble the car taking all plastic bits off that you dont want to get paint on. Lightly sand back whole car with 1600 wet n dry paper or even finer if you wish. Clean with some prepsol to get rid of oil and or impurities from the models surface. Tape up parts if you wish that you dont want painted. Apply a light coat of primer so that its not to dry and not too wet. Then wait for it to dry so you can touch it without mmaking a mark then add more coats following letting dry inbetween coats. Id aplly prob 2-3 or even four coats of primer. Let dry for at least 24-48hrs then wet sand with 2000 wet paper, till its smooth as glass or roundabouts. If using metallics after cleaning the model again with say prepsol, spray first light coat of metallic on and allowing to dry inbetween , prob apply enough times until you cant see the primer thru it. Let dry the last coat for another day or so or until you think the paint is dry enough to not leave a mark if you touch it, then apply clear over it. If using non metallic colours than it should be a direct gloss finish which means you spray the colour on and theres no need for clear afterwards.

hope this helps :)
 
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Thank you I sure could use the help. So the only thing is finding a model that I dont want and that is not 1:18.
 
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nice tips :sm: ,
very helpful as I will strip and repaint a model, btw if i use pain thinner, do i still need to sand the model?
 

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nice tips :sm: ,
very helpful as I will strip and repaint a model, btw if i use pain thinner, do i still need to sand the model?
prob better of using paint stripper hey?? :)
but doesn't it leave residue on the model?
thats why you wash it with water after and then clean it thoroughly with wax and grease remover afterwards followed by some coats of primer to stop rust
 

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Forget paint THINNER... it won't do anything. You'll be soaking your model in thinner for a year and still it won't work. What you need is paint STRIPPER, which you can get easily at any hardware store. There are brands like LePage and Circa 1850 (I use this brand) that produce paint strippers. It's a thick substance like jelly. One coat, and 10 seconds later you see the paint bubbling. Scrub it with steel wool or brush and repeat if there's any paint residue left. After all paint has been stripped, do what you want with the body. You could sand it to remove the mold joints or polish it to give it a nice sheen prior to primer application.

p.s. WEAR GLOVES... if this stuff causes paint to bubble, imagine what it would do to skin. And, it's poisonous, so don't eat without washing hands or this board's gonna lose a member.
 
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