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Painting wide white walls (old trick)


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#1 Lovefordgalaxie

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:28 AM

I have a great trick to paint whitewalls. It's old, but works really well.

Go to a architectural supply store and get a circle template.

There are plastic sheets with dozens of sizes of circles, that are used to hand draw at art schools as well.

You just have to pick the circle that is more correct for the tire you have, tape the others to avoid overspray, carefully tape the tire tight to the template from behind, leaving it centered with the circle you chose and just airbrush some acrylic paint on the tire in mist coats.

Man, that works like a charm!!! No brush marks, no excess paint covering the lettering on the tires, and a perfect edge on the whitewall.

 

This is the circle template I use more often (I have two, one in inches and one in millimeters):

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Those are examples of tires painted with the circle template:

 


Edited by Lovefordgalaxie, 23 February 2014 - 09:29 AM.


#2 cobraman

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:24 AM

That sure does a nice job.



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

Clean work Tulio.

Thanks for the tutorial.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:31 AM

Wow . Great idea and so far this best way I'v seen for doing correct and  perfect side walls.Thanks man



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 09:19 AM

WOW great Idea, and I probably have 3 or four of those circle templates laying around.



#6 Baugher Garage

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:03 AM

Excellent tip! I think I have one of those templates!



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:33 PM

Glad to be of service gentlemen!!

 

Remember, paint in mist coats and never in wet coats to avoid paint from bleeding into the area you don't want to paint.

Paint one tire at a time, and take your time and you will have a better whitewall than those tampo printed tires from expensive parts packs. Lot's of times they are not centered right, and doing it yourself, YOU will do the centering. Then just tape the tire tight to the template so it won't move, and you are ready to spray.

Most tires have some kind of 3D detail on the sidewall forming steps, and they are perfect to use as references to center the template.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 03:08 AM

Excellent tip Tulio, I will have to get me one of those!  Thanks for the tip!   ;) 



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:29 PM

What a great tip, thanks.



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:26 AM

Thanks for the tip.  Definitely as good or better than the tampo printed tires that come with the kits; like the tires that come with the Revell 1950 Olds kits.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 06:14 PM

Just picked up a template over at Michael's and I'll give it a try. Thanks!