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  1. Thanks for your help, folks. I'll put up a thread on the Diecast/Resin forum once I can get some time to work on my project. But does anyone have any advice for clearcoating? Like I said in the initial post, I don't want my clear to end up tacky. Sure, the model won't be handled too much, but still, I want a good finish on it.

  2. Sun Star made that car in black.

    Dang, really? I'd been searching for months on eBay and the only black ones I could find either had the wrong rims or had the pace car stickers all over them. But thanks for the other advice, I'll strip the paint rather than sandblast and save some hassle. But what do you mean by "gap issues?"

  3. I wouldn't even remove the existing paint. Why bother? Just paint right over it.

    Well, I figured that sandblasting it would be quicker and easier than sanding the whole thing down, especially when I have to get in all the small nooks and crannies of the body. My uncle has a sandblaster he'd let me use so I wouldn't be paying for it. But, if it would be better to paint right over the existing stuff, then I shall.

  4. Hey all,

    I've searched and searched the forums, but have not been able to find any threads addressing my issue. So, here it goes:

    I recently bought a Sunstar 1:18 replica of a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS as a birthday gift for my friend. There's one problem, though: It's silver, and I want it to match his car, which is black. I've got it parted down, and I'm having the diecast metal body sandblasted to remove the paint. Here's where my questions begin:

    1. If the body metal is still coarse from the sandblasting, do I need a primer before laying down the basecoat? NOTE: the basecoat is not model paint - it's automotive touch-up aerosol paint from AutomotiveTouchUp.com (I want this model to match EXACTLY to his car).

    2. How can I avoid having a tacky clearcoat on the final product? I did something similar to this process with my phone's metal battery cover, and after several months the clear is still tacky - you can leave a good scratch in it if you drag your fingernail across it hard enough.

    3. Obviously, the sandblasting will remove any painted/stamped-on decals/tampoes. Can I get new ones somehow (print, order, paint on by hand) or will the car have to be badge-less?

    Thanks in advance for your help and time, folks!

  5. Hey-oh! Hailing from Livonia, Michigan, it's new member GeeTeePee!

    My real name is Bill Crandall. I'm currently a student (on summer break) at Lawrence Tech University in Southfield, MI. Along with being an avid collector of diecast cars (Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Maisto, Johnny Lightning primarily), I enjoy several other hobbies as well: gaming, playing guitar and piano, singing, driving, car maintenance and modification, and several others I could bore you with listing.

    I've built a few model cars in my 19 years of existence, so you could say I'm fairly inexperienced. But that's why I joined this forum - I'm looking for tips, tricks, and support from veteran model builders. I'm currently working on a Revell '67 Chevy Camaro Z/28 1:24 kit.

    Oh, and if you couldn't tell, my username is inspired by my real 1:1 scale car - a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP.

    So, that's it from me! Thanks for listening and I hope to see some of you around the forums.

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