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#1 cruz

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:50 PM

This is a little trick that Jairus told me about. I am seeing this question about simulating vinyl tops popping up a lot around here and thought about sharing this with you guys!

I built this '68 Charger several months ago and wanted to replicate a vinyl top. Of course, I also bought some Plastruct styrene pieces to simulate the molding that separates the vinyl roof from the body since this model did not have a molded vinyl top like the Revell '69 Charger has.

I visited a Michael's Craft Store and purchased a can of 3M Spray Mount Artist's Adhesive. It's a product used to mount pictures, posters or prints against any chosen surface by the user.
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This is the Plastruct styrene that I purchased, it shows the size I went with, of course, you guys can choose a different size if you so desire, I just thought that this one was the closest to scale after studying some reference photos of a 1/1 car.
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After placing the styrene pieces around the roof and masking the body, I shot the 3M Spray Mount lightly making several passes until getting complete coverage. One thing to remember, this will not dry anytime soon so right after spraying it, cover it up with primer and let it dry. I use a food dehydrator to speed up the drying time on my painted parts so after 2 hours it was dry.
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After drying was complete, I used a 3200 grit sandpaper and sanded the roof down a bit more, I thought it was a little too grainy so by sanding it down a little further the vinyl look was more noticeable. In this photo, I painted and cleared the whole car. After everything was dry, I wetsanded and polished the body and ultimately masked and painted the roof with Testor's semi gloss black.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:56 PM

After BMF/Polishing!!
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I hope this is helpful and something you guys might want to try!!!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:12 AM

Wow, excellent idea! Thanks for the tip... and that model looks killer! I'm getting jealous looking at all these awesome builds B)

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:57 AM

Looks real nice!....I may have to give that one a try.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 02:10 AM

This is AWESOME!! B) I can finaly put one on my 69 chevelle...thamks

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:16 AM

After placing the styrene pieces around the roof and masking the body, I shot the 3M Spray Mount lightly making several passes until getting complete coverage. One thing to remember, this will not dry anytime soon so right after spraying it, cover it up with primer and let it dry. I use a food dehydrator to speed up the drying time on my painted parts so after 2 hours it was dry.


So you spray on the 3M adhesive, then, while the adhesive is still wet, you cover it with primer?

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:31 PM

So you spray on the 3M adhesive, then, while the adhesive is still wet, you cover it with primer?

Yes Casey, the primer will actually make the adhesive dry quicker, just make sure to give it enough time to do so. The first time I did this, I didn't try it on any spare body, I just went ahead and shot it straight on the model and finished it off after that. I would suggest to try it on a spare body though....

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:45 PM

After seeing how awesome that Charger turned out, I went out to Michael's this morning and purchased 2 cans of this thing, I will be trying this system soon. Thanks a lot, not only for recommending this system but also for the time taken to show it with pictures!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:25 AM

That turned out very nicely. I assume you put some kind of masking on the rest of body to prevent the overspray from sticking where you didn't want it? What can you use to remove any overspray if it occurs?

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:22 PM

Great tip Marcos. Instead of sanding try scrubbing the top with a toothbrush and Soft Scrub(a mild abrasive for cleaning the bathroom) It's better when ever you need to sand irregular surfaces, it reduces detail without flattening the top if you know what I mean. This works well on detailed chassis pans that need the primer sanded before final coat of color.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:29 PM

I would just sand it down I guess, I don't see that being much of an issue. Of course I would advice that you leave the painting of the body for last!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:55 PM

Very cool tip thank you

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 10:19 AM

What a great idea, and the model ain't too flabby either! :rolleyes: Great paint and details.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 12:10 PM

WOW that looks great!!

Thanks for the tip. I was contemplating a 69 Camaro w/ a vinyl top but had no idea how to make one that looks accurate.

Yours looks perfect!

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:37 PM

Ño Marcos, eso te quedó brutal. Tienes alguna direccion en Fotki ó algo asi con fotos de ese Charger?

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:55 PM

Love the results!

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:26 PM

That came out GREAT!! The roof and also the whole build. This is a tip I know I can put to use on a future project. THANKS! Posted Image

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:11 AM

Jeff this is for you, best system I have tried!

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:17 AM

did you use plasti struct for the seams on top also? looks very good!!

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:56 AM

did you use plasti struct for the seams on top also? looks very good!!

Yes!