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Old 2018.06.12, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question Painting White Mini Z Body


Are there any threads within this forum that give instructions and/or suggestions for painting White Mini Z Bodies?

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Old 2018.06.12, 10:28 PM   #2
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I got advice from a model painting forum. I forget the sites name but i bet if you Google "1/24 model painting" you'd find some good steps to follow.

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Old 2018.06.13, 07:02 AM   #3
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1. Pre-wash the body to remove any contaminates.
2. Use multiple light coats.
3. Hair dryer is a great tool to speed up drying.
4. You can make a good body jig from twisting up a coat hanger. Cheap, and expendable.
5. Don't get hung up on expensive paints. I've been using rattle cans for a decade with good results. Do pick a paint type best suited for the material however.
6. A sharp xacto knife is a blessing, don't be stingy with replacing the blade.
7. Mask tape is a consumable, it's not precious, don't hold back. better to use more and get the result your looking for than less and have things to take care of later like bleeds, overspray, etc. It doesn't have to be pretty, just has to work.
8. Be patient. Thing about order of operations to reduce labor and achieve best results.

There are tricks specific to polycarbonate/lexan however I've not had much experience with those materials. Likewise tips for spray cans vs. air brushing...
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Originally Posted by arch2b View Post
5. Don't get hung up on expensive paints. I've been using rattle cans for a decade with good results. Do pick a paint type best suited for the material however.
I agree with all Arch's points, but wanted to elaborate on this one specifically. I have used expensive, fancy paints of all different brands for Mini Z white bodies, and the best results are a regular, heavy duty rattle can like Krylon or Rustoleum. Mini Zs take a beating on the track, and I find those paints hold up noticeably better than, say, Tamiya.

Also, a rattle can tip: After your done with the main painting, you might need to do some touch-up. If you need to, you can put the nozzle of the spray can in a jar, and kind of seal around the edges a bit with a towel, and give a squirt. That way you can dip a small brush in the paint instead of spraying.

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