I've received LOTS of good and interesting advice here on the most difficult part of taking up building models again after 45 years - painting bodies. However, my first kit has taken 4 bodies (bought from Ebay and given by modeling friends) . The chassis and interior are done and detailed with more fun than I could have ever imagined; as for the current body, I'm happy enough with the results that hopefully only a couple of things need addressing.
After initial prep and priming (3 mist coats), I have to this point, applied 3 mist coats (20 mins. drying in between) and one wet coat (after 20 mins.) of color. It's now drying. Here are my questions to finish the deal:
1) The paint used was Testors One Coat metallic. During painting, I've tried several different different colors from different shops. There has always been an issue with either the paint or the clear coat of the same brand. I'd like some suggestions on a replacement laquer (even pearlescence), just not METALLIC!
2) At this time, the body is drying after only 1 wetcoat. The reason is because of the fisheye condition on a few hard to see spots and I'm afraid to push my luck without know how to resolve this. In addition, there are a few dust particles on the roof and trunk lid which would be nice fix. Should I attempt to wetsand the dust spots and maybe the fisheyes too before another basecoat? Should I shoot a clear coat or two and then sand down lightly to remove the basecoat imperfections? Or, shoot another wetcoat of the base color so the body has some substance before proceeding?
I've come to the conclusion that besides many more years of experience, I will NEVER use metallic, glittery paints anymore. There are simply too many variables involved with solvent, the flakes in the can, etc. I just want a good recommendation for a laquer (even a pearlescent finish) that doesn't have the issues of "one coat metallics" and a set number of time between coats, both primer, base and clear.
I know this was long winded, but I appreciate any help.