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#41 wgflatliner

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:45 AM

Do you heat your cans of paint or decant and airbrush?

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:52 AM

Do you heat your cans of paint or decant and airbrush?


Yes, and no...
I live in a warm part of the country, so I don't have to heat them unless I'm getting to the bottom of a can, or it is colder than normal. I do decant and airbrush, but also spray from the can. Kind of like shooting with a full size gun and a touch up gun at the same time.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 01:33 PM

I used some Strip Kleen lacquer thinner to cut the TS-45 Pearl White when I was airbrushing the body. The white on the hood came out of the spray can only. But it turns out the thinner is no longer crystal clear, but has a slight amber tint to it, enough to change the color.
As you can see, the hood is whiter, and truth be told it is what I would have preferred, but it's easier by far to adjust the tint of the hood.
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I knocked the clear on the hood down with 1200 and mixed a new batch of pearl white by eyeball with the “yellow” thinner and airbrushed it.
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Then clear coated it. I really thinned the clear out this time. 3 parts reducer instead of 2 like the rest of the car, the clear doesn’t even need reducer. I put on four light coats with 20 minutes flash time between them to get a thin yet deep enough look.
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Only a little one day delay. Now I am back on track…

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:25 AM

wow, nice save. such bling B)

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:08 AM

Looks wonderful! Super job as always. Cant wait to see this one finished.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:28 AM

Dash is done…
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And installed into the completed interior…
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Valve covers are done and the decals have been applied to the calipers…
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Some underhood details too…
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And the rear wings… One for “up” and one for “down” positions.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:39 AM

Yes. Decals are intended to be applied to paint, not plastic. In this case just a light coat of white purely to aid in adhesion.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:01 AM

No problem Dave. Your description of the way it chipped is indicative of the first issue you can have without the paint for the decal to adhere to. Even if you succeed in getting the decal on well, (without paint underneath) unless you seal it with a clear coat, odds are quite high it will chip off later. Any decal, not just C/F.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:13 PM

The screens are mostly PE (except the two main rear vents, although they have little PE parts in them) and are very well done, both in look and fit. They are very delicate too, but a light touch and you’ll have no problems. The lights also fit excellently and are engineered to make installation relatively easy.
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Once the decals dry, it will be waxed and have the windows installed and put onto the chassis and interior.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

Very cool job!!

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:30 PM

I like it ! B)

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:54 PM

im with rome, i like it too... B)

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:26 AM

Thanks guys. It is almost done...
It is somewhat of a shame that so much of the chassis detail is covered up by the belly pans. So one last look to see the detail parts before they go into hiding…
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:29 AM

THUD!!!!! <----- That was the sound of my jaw hitting my desk! Nice Stuff!

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:06 AM

still using that shrink ray eh?? lol


you just amaze me....basicly an OOB build that would place in ANY contest with just the paint detail alone!!!

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:43 AM

holy mother of god... I dont think the real thing has that much detail lol... You my friend are a true inspiration and a true master ! I love watching your builds they have helped me with my own builds so i salute you .

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:01 AM

yup, it is a shame to have to hide those details.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:02 AM

Thanks everyone, it is over in the Under Glass section now... What a blast of a kit to build!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:13 AM

the projectors in the headlights look really really good all of the details are spot on! I've only seen one of these in real life looks amazing.