Painting Clear Bodies????
April 28, 2002 at 7:37 am #8840
I bought the booster set w/ the clear skyline. I want to know the best method of painting this car. I want to know if spray can or bruch is better and what kind of paint??? Model paint??? Please email me w/ any info!!!
April 28, 2002 at 10:13 am #13211
Model paint should work fine. I just destroyed a clear body through various errors, so I can fill you in on a few do’s and don’ts.
If you’ve got access to an airbrush, that will give you the highest quality results. Next best is spray paint–model spray paint should be fine. If you’ve got the skillz and the patience, you can always paint it with model paints and brushes. I believe they even have paints out there just for R/C cars. The lazy-man approach (my personal favorite) is paint markers. Available at hobby and craft stores, they’ll do the trick. The craft paint markers usually have a finer tip than the kind you use for models, but the model paint markersseem to have a higher-quality paint and apply smoother. The important thing to remember is that you need to apply a clear-coat once you’re completely finished detailing the body. Otherwise, all your hard work could scratch or rub off very easily. And, of course, make sure you don’t do any of this work while the body shell is on the chassis.
The only other thing I’d recommend is to mask off the windows (and/or other areas) that you don’t want painted in whatever color you’re using. Appropriately enough, I use masking tape, and use scissors to cut it to the proper size.
I’ve got a couple articles on my site about modifying appearances that may be helpful. The address is below.
I hope that helps.
April 29, 2002 at 8:35 am #13216
I’ve yet to get a Bit Char-G but intend to once I’ve managed to soften the wife up to the idea !
I have been thinking (not a modeller) that with some of the assorted women’s nail varnishes around, you could get some interesting paint finishes eg metal fleck, pearl etc.
My only other thoughts were, it will probably chip and I’m not sure how plastic friendly they are ?
April 29, 2002 at 5:11 pm #13221
Again, allow me to provide you a mistake to learn from…
Nail varnish itself may be alright to use, but if you make mistakes, be very careful with the nail polish remover. I tried this on the clear body shell I had, and it softened the plastic to the point where the body literally fell apart in my fingers.
Model spray paints (and brush paints?) should still provide the interesting colors (metal fleck, pearl, and many more) you’re looking for. Just invest some time in masking the windows/headlights first.
April 29, 2002 at 7:06 pm #13223
I’m sure it would look great, but I suspect the acetone/ketone base of most nailpolishes WOULD NOT be too good for the longterm life of the body of your beloved Bit Char-G.
Just my 2c worth. Hey – if you DO have some success PLEASE post some pix! Oh – and make sure you don’t get it all over your nails…. people might start talking about you
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