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Posts: 125
From: NJ
Registered: May 2003

posted 10-14-2003 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickmobile67   Click Here to Email nickmobile67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm trying to paint a 1/25 model truck gloss black. I primered it, and painted it with duplicolor spray. (new) Plan a: put on several thin coats to get gloss. It came out dull and rough.

Ok, plan b: I wet sand it, paint it again putting it on heavier. Getting more glossy, but still rough.

Ok, wetsand again, smooth as glass. Recoat again this time with napa colorline gloss black (also new). Still no good!

Ok, now I'm getting just a little bit irritated! In fact, I was ticked enough that I threw it in my glass bead cabinet and took it back down to plastic!

After some more wet sanding I'm now back to square 1.

The way I see it I now have a few options.
1- redo with a spray model paint
2- stop being lazy and get out my air brush
2a- I have some black airbrush paint, but I don't think it's very glossy. I do have a bottle of gloss clear.
2b- Go buy another bottle of airbrush paint, gloss this time.

Also, should I prime this before I paint? It is molded in red. What primer is good to use?

Any other ideas are welcome! Help! Soon! Please!?

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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
Registered: May 99

posted 10-15-2003 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You strip with glass bead on plastic? Doesn't it rip it up? I have a tub with Pinesol,and it lifts all off within a few hours.

I use Duplicolor all the time,and get good results. Black is the hardest color to shoot. I go with a very light coat,let it flash,and give it a "wet" looking coat. The hardest part is from fallout like lint,etc.

Maybe it's time to get out the airbrush.

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From: NJ
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posted 10-16-2003 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickmobile67   Click Here to Email nickmobile67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I actually used glass bead on plastic. I've done other plastic things before, but nothing as delicate as a model. I had already tried putting on several heavy coats with duplicolor and didn't like the results. By then I was getting fed up and figured by the time I got a decent coat it would have way too much paint on it, so I figured I'd strip it. I put the pressure on low and it was fine. It came out a little rough, but some 400 grit wet paper smoothed it right out again. It didn't hurt the plastic.

Anyway, I went ahead with the testors model paint. Finally I've got some gloss, although the paint dust made it a little rough. I'll let it be a week and polish it, that should take the overspray dust out.

I guess I should have used the airbrush, I always liked the thinner paint, and the way it takes longer to set. Probably wouldn't have had overspray dust. Oh well, that's what I get for being lazy. That's what I bought the airbrush for too. I know for next time now at least. And at least I should be able to work with the paint I have now. Thanks for the reply!

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From: Waterford,MI
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posted 10-18-2003 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigblocked85   Click Here to Email bigblocked85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you have any buddies that work in the autobody business have them give you some basecoat/clearcoat products. Since I've started painting with them I'll never use another. I just occasionally stop by the shop with some baby food jars and get a variety out of the cabinet. The really nice thing about the basecoat is that it dries REAL fast. Nothing shines like a few coats of clear poly. I actually like to apply the clear over top of decals and all trim paint as well. Looks real! Also, oven cleaner strips most paints real well and wont harm the plastic. Good luck, Gordon

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