View Full Version : Tips for great paint finish?
I bought a model of the same car I'm working on, a '56 Chevy Del Ray.
What do you use to get a great paint finish?
Any ideas on how to make the chrome moulding going down the side of the car to look really good? Maybe aluminum foil?
Chevyman for life
03-18-2009, 12:18 AM
It's been quite a while but I used a spray sealer at a hobby store which wouldn't cause the plastic to etch if sprayed with lacquer. It was called Floquil Barrier Glossing Shield. Then the car was sprayed with lacquer which of course is getting harder to find. You can of course find enamel sprays which tend to be too thick but if you make a little spray booth area you can keep most of the dust out.
There was also some chrome tape which could be cut out and applied. Visit a well stocked hobby shop and see what they say. Maybe there's much more to use now.
Haven't built any models for many years but have one for both my
55 and 56 which maybe I'll get to when I stop building real cars. Maybe at age 75? That gives me four more years. Don't know if my '55 will be done that soon.
03-18-2009, 02:37 AM
In my era Testors was the dominate paint..I bought an air gun 25 years ago, and I'm still using it today..lays down a nice consistent coating.. used it on planes, locomotive's, cars, boats, bikes, and on and on..the consistency of the paint seems to be a critical factor..difference in O. K. and awesome..
03-18-2009, 06:02 AM
chevyman is right on. I visited hobby shop and also parts store for "good" masking tape.
03-18-2009, 06:36 PM
I love to build models, I still do, It drives my wife crazy. There are so many different ways to paint you model. I use everything from Testors to actual automotive paints. It all depends on what I am looking fot in the finsh. The biggest trick is like the real thing, light even coats. I usually put 3 to 4 coats on, and sometimes clear coat 2 to 3 times as well.
I have to post some pictures of my collection.
03-20-2009, 04:36 PM
For chrome moldings use Bare Metal Foil. You can find it in a hobby shop. For paint use lacquer and put a coat of primer on first. Use the same brand paint and primer. If you haven't painted in a while, you better get two models.
03-21-2009, 08:36 PM
Yes, get Bare Metal Foil it works best. Also you can get lacquer paint from Modle Master. It's two 2 part, but works well and you can get it in GM colors. Hobby Lobby sells it.
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