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Old 2002.05.20, 01:16 PM   #1
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What paint do you use for custom model bodies?

I'm new at this... What paint works best on Models? Is it the same for the official mini-z bodies?

Any other tips before I ruin this model?

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Old 2002.05.22, 07:03 AM   #2
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on all my models i use testors paint, on lexan i use faskolor, or however u spell those, i dont know what u are talking about when u said "the same az the z bodies" but the testors is great, iv also seen regular spray paint used, ill post a pic of a body i did with metalic blue testors,
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Old 2002.05.22, 07:49 AM   #3
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I want to paint the Skyline body that came with my mini-z and I want to paint a model body that I will "make fit" my mini-z chassis. I was planning to use a spray paint to cover the entire body and then brush on details. I imagine Testors has a spray paint, I've used Testors brush paint before. Thanks for the help, I just don't want to make a mistake and waste my only Z body.
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Old 2002.05.22, 12:17 PM   #4
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Is the Tamiya spray paint (made for plastic) any good???
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Old 2002.05.22, 02:06 PM   #5
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I use lacquer automotive paint.
There's a paint & finishing thread around here some where.
(Mini-Z, Another topic for the "Tips" section)
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Old 2002.05.22, 02:10 PM   #6
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Paint

I trashed a lovely '66 Mustang GT body using an enamel based aerosol.
The drying process with enamels takes too long.
Now I use acrylic automotive paint, I buy it at the local auto-parts shop. Most metallic paints require a clearcoat, but I'd recommend that anyway.
The bonus of using these paints is, that they are made for minor car repairs, so you get factory colours.
That counts when trying to make the body as authentic as possible.
The Tamiya paints work well too, although a clearcoat should also be applied.
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Old 2002.05.22, 03:05 PM   #7
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personally i hate testors with a passion, and will only use it if im in a bind and the lhs isnt open when i decide i feel like painting ( 3:30 in the morning) but if i plan ahead i use tamiya. Im sure you already know this, but try filling up a sink with fairly warm water, about the temp you would wash dishes in, then let the can sit in there for about 10 min before shaking it, this will make mixing it much easier and you shouldnt get uneven spray. I let it sit for about 15 to 20 when i use testors, just to make sure that its good and warm. After that i use two coats of clear coat, one before i put on the decals and one after. the first seems a bit pointless maybe, but i always have problems with the decals and end up with the body in my hand for awhile, so i put on the clear coat just incase i do something stupid to it.
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Old 2002.05.22, 03:46 PM   #8
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Thank you for all the tips, I am new at this and really want a clean looking car (so I can mess it up while driving!)

Any brands of auto-touch up paint work better or are they all pretty much the same?

What do you use to mask the body, I find masking tape doesn't always make the cleanest lines?
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remember to mask everythin really good, iv messed that up before, it isint a pretty thing to see
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