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Tom M.

Member Since 06 Mar 2007
Offline Last Active Nov 05 2014 11:51 AM
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In Topic: Bobby Allison`s 1975 Matador

24 June 2011 - 09:10 AM

I have no issue with the build, as a fantasy build, with one caveat. I sincerely hope it doesn't get painted in Penske/Allison livery. If it does then people who don't know much about historic NASCAR will assume that since the builder put so much time and effort into the super detailing then that must be the way the actual cars were done. That would be a shame.

In Topic: How shiny should shiny be?

28 December 2010 - 05:28 AM

For one urethane maybe toxic but you or no one can tell me that the ###### Tamiya paint or even testers is not a toxic specialy when it blows out of the can at 75psi into the air. That ###### will get you just as sick if not worse because its in a can then using Urethane... Using an airbrush and shoot it at 12psi and as small as a model car body is a lot different then shooting a hood or any thing of 1:1. The air and urethane ratio is a lot less and if you have a paint booth it cuts it down even more. You can controal the air and how much of it comes out of the airbrush compare to using any can type paint.

Sorry but that deal of Urethane should only be sold to people that has a permit is ######!

Now for the shine! In the mid 80s the true Trailer queen cars was having any where between 10 to 15 coats of clear on them go back and read some of the magazine on how they did there paint jobs! They achive the same doing it this way as we do now only doing 1 coat of urethane. If you want to build a trailer queen car of today then use urethane, Also I think a lot of people forget of today that 90% of the 30s cars are not steel, They are fiberglass cars and with paint lay'ed down right and clear coated and wet sanded with any clear coat you will get the same afect!


Very true, it was common to have over 10 coats of lacquer clear on a show car paint job. However, as one who was around and using a spray gun on 1:1 stuff back in the '70s I can tell you that not only was each coat of lacquer much thinner than one coat of urethane but the lacquer was color sanded every 2-3 coats to level it out. So the total thickness of clear on top of the paint was usually less than or equal to the thickness of one coat of urethane.

Clear is just a tool for achieving a result. It's a tool that can be misused, I've seen gorgeous urethane clear topcoats and I've seen horrendous ones. "Shine" isn't the only factor in making a finish attractive, a model or a 1:1 car can have a deep wet shine and still not look good.