Bill, Juha wrote a 2 part article in the other magazine that showed what I'm talking about, maybe in 2000 or 2001? He uses Humbrol green & blue metallic enamel, but only uses the clear top portion, none of the metallic particles. Then, he mixes parts of those in with clear & thinner, & brushes it on clear sheet.
I've never used anything but acrylic lacquer thinner for lacquers, enamels & nail polishes. Use a reputable brand, not the cheap hardware store stuff. I have been using DuPont medium temp since the mid '80's, years before I was building model cars.
Looking good! Here's how I did a windshield frame for a 36 Ford. After cleaning up the opening, I added a .015" styrene lip on the inside of the it.
I traced the shape of the opening onto a piece of paper & transferred that to a piece of .015" styrene sheet. I kept sanding the edges until the fit was tight, but did not bind or bend the sheet. I then built a frame around it on the backside using .020" x .060" strip.
Using dividers, I scribed, following the outer edge, making the outline that would later be cut out.
I used a motor tool to grind out the middle portion of the sheet.
Then, cleaned it up with files & sanding
I cut a piece of .010" clear PVC sheet to fit in the opening as "glass".
I got the idea to do this from Rik Hoving. Go to this link & scroll to pic 108. http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/model_cars/projects/40_ford_project/page2.html
.Thanks! Yes, a base coat. The text below says to shoot over white, but that is just to match the colors shown on the color chip. I test shoot on many different colored base colors to find out what I want as the final color. http://shop.blackgoldweb.com/product.sc?productId=7&categoryId=2
If you're using HOK candies, HOK copper pearl will make a great base coat. I've done some paint tests with candy red over it, & it looks very good. On this one, I shot light coats of copper pearl over a black base, then, topped it with candy root beer.