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cobramike

Member Since 28 Dec 2012
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In Topic: 2007 Mustang California Special

Today, 07:58 AM

Bill, this is looking really good, I'm following closely, as are others. Your doing an amazing job on the motor, keep it up!
I did a build a couple of years ago posted here, I won't do it again. Seems that no one had anything to say about it except negative. Won't do that again.
Btw, got that motor installed in the frame of the'37, after cutting and pasting parts finally got it to work.
The front suspension on it is a big p.I.a., not one of my faves to put together.

In Topic: First Build - '68 Firebird (Revell)

Today, 07:39 AM

Good to see that another person has this addiction to modeling. The paint is the hardest thing to learn. I have gone through I don't know how many bottles of brake fluid, and cans of oven cleaner stripping paint that I messed up. I found that each time I did that, I was always able to start over again with the knowledge of what I messed up to make it better the next time.
I like the door panels. Shows that you already have a good grasp of how to do detail...which I can't seem to do myself.

In Topic: '66 Shelby

Today, 07:25 AM

Here is my technique with pics included just to let you know that it doesn't cost millions of dollars to spray a glossy paint job on hobby car.
 
I used a couple of different Bagder airbrushes.  One single action and one dual.  No rhyme or reason for using one over the other, other than paint control with the dual action badger.  I'm using a compressor that I've had for over 20 years that my Mom bought me when I was a kid.  I am getting ready to buy a really nice one, but it can be done with a cheap one.  I have no idea what PSI I'm paint at, but the manual said this compressor was good to about 40, so probably somewhere in-between 25-35.  One of the reasons I can't wait to purchase my new one next month is better flow, and regulated.  
 
I only use Tamiya acrylics when I paint, its just easier for cleanup and I feel really comfortable after using them over the last 5 builds.  I just started using Tamiya lacquer primer and I love it.  If the primer goes on super smooth, I generally won't sand it, just scuff it real quick.  I thin the 23ml size bottles with 7-8ml of denatured alcohol and the 10ml bottle with 3-3.5ml of denatured alcohol.  That will vary depending on what sheen you are using, too.  I actually used closer to 9ml of denatured alcohol on the Gold Leaf because it was coming out very blotchy.  I added another ml of denatured alcohol and it was perfect.  Again, trial and error.  I also use a spray booth since I paint inside.  
 
Nothing crazy about my technique other than I try to make sure each coat of my gloss coat is glossy and not a lot, if any, orange peel.  I probably put 3-4 good coats of gloss over the base coat since that is all I've ever needed in order to achieve that smooth-wet look before sending it to the food dehydrator to cure for a day or two, or even just overnight.  After about 7-10 days, I will start to wet sand and polish.  This is one of the most crucial steps, but to be honest, wet sanding and polishing has never taken me more than an hour, tops.  I know people spend hours and hours wet sanding and polishing, but maybe mine takes less time since it is very smooth and wet looking once it's dry?  Not sure, but what works for one person, might not work for another.  I just use microfine wet/dry sand paper and that seems to do the trick for taking out any imperfections, dust, or orange peel.  
 
I'd be happy to answer any questions if it helps anyone get over the fear of painting with acrylics or an airbrush.  There are a ton of excellent painters on this site that come away with amazing finishes as well.  I did a lot of reading prior to diving in with acrylics.  Hope this helps...
 
Tim


Thanks for the write up. Looks like I will be shooting acrylic for my next build...love the shiny you know!
Can't wait to see the finished car.

In Topic: ' 65 Galaxie

Today, 07:11 AM

Thomas, I used both Duplicolor grey primer and sealer, as I always do. I felt like I was taking enough of a gamble with the paint, and wasn't about to test Krylon's "theory" that you don't need to use primer.


I have used Krylon paint in the past with out primer/sealer, no ill effects! I did it as a test on a 53 f100, was perfect, no problems. I was in a hurry...I know better, BUT!

In Topic: Hanky Panky at the drive in.

29 January 2015 - 07:06 AM

aww yes, down at the submarine races..what fun!.