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Wasn't 100% sure were to put this, but here goes....so I thought it might be a good idea to hear from others on what some of you fellow builders use to replicate the various finishes on our vehicles (i.e. cast iron engine parts, vinyl interior/exterior parts, machine finishes etc...). There is a lot of cool stuff on the market now days, and it would be nice to hear/see examples of some of this stuff.

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Testors "buffing" and "non-buffing" metalizers are among my favorites, and are quite easy to use because they're rattlecans.

The "buffing" Aluminum Plate, for instance, does a good job representing alloy sheet if it's shot fairly wet, allowed to dry for an hour or so, and buffed with a very soft cloth (like the backside of an old sweatshirt).

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That's what's on the engine cowl of this model. It prefers to be shot over bare plastic generally. Shooting it over primer gives a muddy silver effect that just won't buff up...like the cockpit cowling.

Unfortunately, shooting a "sealer" over it, even Testors' own product, destroys the polished effect and turns the stuff into muddy silver again.

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Another effect you can get from these metalizers is shooting them very dry, to the point of orange-peel. If you get the texture right, you'll end up with a convincing and in-scale brand-new sand-cast aluminum look. The intake manifold and trans housing on the photo below illustrate that particular look, but the resolution isn't high enough on the old camera I used to really show the texture.

Another effect shown below is a slightly weathered aluminum casting, the blower housing, achieved by just shooting the part with a sandable gray primer, again dry enough to get a slightly "grainy" surface.

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The cast-aluminum look is a little easier to get an impression of from the front wheel center below. The rim was very carefully masked to preserve the chrome.

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Cast magnesium, when it's raw and unpolished, is often a very dark flat gray. Duplicolor hot-rod primer gets that look quite well.

I achieved this unpainted alloy body, straight-from-the-fab-shop look, by using a combination of buffing metalizers and Rub 'n Buff wax finish over a lightly sanded surface.

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Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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If I am painting an interior that is basically one color, like Black, I'll spray the whole thing in one color of black - doesn't matter which one really.   then use various flats and glosses to make the parts appear to be different materials.   With an airbrush I can control the sheen of the parts.  Vinyl seats are somewhere in the middle.   Carpets are dead flat if I don't use flocking or embossing powder.  

I paint lots of metal castings - transmissins and such with Dark Anodic Gray.   I have sevral jars of the stuff and can paint straight from jar through airbrush.   Transmissions are never bright.    Exhaust will be this, stainless,, or burnt metal - whichever is closest to hand.   Stainless steel metallizer can represent cast aluminum parts that aren't bright anymore.   Looking at them closely, they really aren't so much metallic as a shade of gray, unless they are polished.   Getting your eye to accept that an aluminum part isn't really what comes out of the can/jar is really hard to do.  

Good thread going here.

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