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How do I create this appearance (C2 & C3 Corvette undercarriage)


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#1 Monty

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:53 AM

Pics aren't easy to find, but I've got a few of the bottom side of the '63-'82 interiors.  From what I've been able to determine, they're made out of some kind of reinforced fiberglass, and the survivor series & Bloomington Gold experts from the Corvette forum I belong to (corvetteforum.com) all say they left the factory unpainted.   Here are a few of the best examples I could find from a correctly restored '67:

 

http://firsttradereg...tte 427 044.jpg*

 

http://firsttradereg...tte 427 040.jpg*

 

Here's a pic of a red 1980 (maybe mine?) B)  on the assembly line.  As you can see, the fiberglass  flooring etc is not painted.  http://corvettec3.ca...a/images/20.jpg

 

I'm not just talking about finding an appropriate shade of paint, although I wouldn't mind recommendations.  It's equally important to capture that raw fiberglass look as well. 

 

Suggestions?  
 

* Tip of the hat to Custom Mike for the link to the pics.

 



#2 Psychographic

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

I would try putting a light grey base down, let it dry completely. Then spray a dark grey over that, and use a pin to scratch away the dark grey to represent the fibers showing.


Edited by Psychographic, 01 February 2013 - 10:07 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:25 AM

I would try putting a light grey base down, let it dry completely. Then spray a dark grey over that, and use a pin to scratch away the dark grey to represent the fibers showing.

Excellent suggestion...I'll try it meself. However I'd also recommend a coat of flat clear over all of it to level the surface, as the white streaks are individual fibers showing through the surface of random-fiber SMC (sheet molding compound) parts produced in matched molds, and they are even with the surface.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

I use Model Master German Grey that works pretty well.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

I use Model Master German Grey that works pretty well.

Sounds interesting.  Any chance you have an example you could show us?