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#1 Lovefordgalaxie

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

This is an alternative to actually painting wide white walls on tires.

It works well specially if you want a custom detail, like to call out the manufacturer name on those no name tires we are being presented those days.

 

You will need an good quality adhesive backing paper, your favorite imaging editing program, a good printer, and a circle cutter (or a really firm hand!!!)

 

It all starts measuring the tire you want to make white walls too.

Then, using your computer (I used Auto Cad) draw the inner and outer borders of the white wall in a light almost white color.

Next, draw the manufacturer's name of your choice. I drew Firestone.

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Here are the measures in millimeters that will work for Revell tires (the ones on the '57 Ford kit) and for AMT Firestones:

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Now you are ready to print your drawing with the highest quality possible.

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Time to use your circle cutter to cut first the outer edge, and after the inner edge of the white walls:

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This will be the result:

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Now you can just take your exacto knife, and peel the white wall, and carefully place it over the tire to be white walled:

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And here is your final result:

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Time to start white walling!!!

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:44 PM

Look good, Tulio.

 

What did you use for the adhesive paper?

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:11 PM

Look good, Tulio.

 

What did you use for the adhesive paper?

 

Charlie Larkin

I use Pimaco adhesive labels:

http://www.pimaco.co...o/426/aaaaaaaaa

Already comes with a very strong glue. You must have something similar in the U.S.

Use the ones that are labeled one etiquette by page, so there are no pre-cut divisions on the paper sheet. 



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:53 PM

They look great...



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:29 AM

A great idea! Although, as it is a paper product, I wonder how they will hold up over the years? Humid/dry environments? Maybe seal it with Future?

 

What do you think Tulio?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:37 AM

Excellent idea!  Thanks for sharing it.

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:11 AM

I think Future would turn the paper transparent? (never tried it)

At craft stores you can find fixative varnish for art work, like charcoal drawings, graphite drawings, this sort of thing. It use to come in spray can form, both gloss or flat. I think this product may be a better way to protect the paper whitewalls. 

I have being using it for years to protect my paper airplanes, and the "decals" I've made for them with the same technique used for the white walls are still looking like new.

 

On the case of the white walls, you would have to spray the varnish on the paper just after it came out of the printer, and never when the white walls are already on the tires. Most of those products won't dry on model car tire vinyl.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:27 PM

Just a suggestion, I would cut the outside circle first in case you cut all the way through. This way everything is still intact to line up your circle cutter to the center mark for the inside cut.



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 04:40 AM

Just a suggestion, I would cut the outside circle first in case you cut all the way through. This way everything is still intact to line up your circle cutter to the center mark for the inside cut.

I said that, in a sort of confusing way, on top of the picture with the circle cutter.

It's a good point to remember anyway.

 

Another good thing about this technique is that it can be used to make thin white lines as well. 



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 05:49 AM

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I said that, in a sort of confusing way, on top of the picture with the circle cutter.

It's a good point to remember anyway.

 

Another good thing about this technique is that it can be used to make thin white lines as well. 

OK more proof that I am indeed an idiot! I don't know why I read that wrong, but yes you did say that. I'll just go to my room now.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:49 PM

Who makes that circle cutter, and where can I find it? I've asked about it at Michael's and Hobby Lobby with zero results.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 04:15 AM

Who makes that circle cutter, and where can I find it? I've asked about it at Michael's and Hobby Lobby with zero results.

It's made by Olfa.

 

http://www.olfa.com/splash.aspx 

 

I bought it at an architecture office supply store. It's largely used by the guys that build architectural models. I stole the idea of using it from them.

It was at a wall full of Olfa cutters, just between the miniature trees, and the bags with tiny cars :lol:



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

Michaels has it by the drafting tools, at least the store I go to does.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:35 PM

Thanks much!



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 04:25 AM

Wonder if the vinyl type self adhesive shelf liner might work for that. Comes in a roll and could keep you in white walls for years.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 06:38 AM

What a great idea!  BUT...I have very little graphic skills on a program like that. I also would not even know where to begin to get that lettering that would need to be in there......so..

 

Any chance that you saved your hard work as a file......that you would be willing to share? :D



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:43 AM



Wonder if the vinyl type self adhesive shelf liner might work for that. Comes in a roll and could keep you in white walls for years.

 

I did this with adhesive vinyl from an art supply store. This is a bit thicker than shelf liner, which might be unmanageably floppy for thin walls. BTW, I find that it helps with alignment to have your wheels mounted in the tyres before laying down the whitewall. 

(Great tutorial, Tulio)

 

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:33 PM

Thank you for the idea.  I am attempting to recreate the 1:1 65 Corvette I had back in the day.  I had purchased Goodyear Bluestreak tires for it.  The 67 Revell kit I purchased at Hobby Lobby came with decals for a redline tire.  I will simply trace them on blue vinyl and use the circle cutter to cut them out.  This would be for a 1:25 model with 15" tires.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:34 PM

I would be happy to make a copy of the decals to mail to anyone who could use them.



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 03:51 PM

Just picked up some Scotch brand vinyl tape in both red and white that looks promising; let's see what the circle cutter does to it.