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Getting started on my first of the year, and my first "Shoebox" Chevy. It will be a Creamsicle Orange and White two-tone with a Beige interior, a big block Chevy under the Lex's Scale Modeling cowl induction hood, and ride on Pegasus 19" front/23" rear "Chrome T's". Hopefully I can keep the ride height when all is said and done.

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I managed to get the body in Stynylrez White Primer on Wednesday, then wet-sanded the primer coat yesterday. It might be kind of hard to see in the pics, but I got the Pearl White (actually Anita's White Metallic craft paint) sprayed on today. I put four coats on the roof, trunk, and rear 1/4's. I also put two coats on the rest of the body and hood hoping it would help as an undercoat to the custom mixed Pearl Creamsicle color I hope to spray on tomorrow. I also got the interior sprayed in a custom mixed Beige color, and I really like how it turned out.

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Looks like a great start so far! I have one of these on on the back burner with a similar plan. This gives me inspiration to dust the cobwebs off of it now! I’ll be following along on your progress. 

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19 hours ago, CabDriver said:

That craft paint looks great! Are you laying down a barrier coat before masking, or just masking right over it?

I just masked over it. It dries pretty fast, and I made sure not to press too hard on the tape when masking. Turned out great with no lift-off.

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Got the custom mixed Orange on the '55 this morning, I guess it's more Orange Sherbet than Creamsicle, lol. It's a little bit lighter than I would have gone, but it's my wife's color choice and she loves it, so that's all that matters. I think I'll use Green Stuff World Chrome for the trim, so lots of masking coming up Monday or Tuesday.

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15 minutes ago, Dragonhawk1066 said:

I just masked over it. It dries pretty fast, and I made sure not to press too hard on the tape when masking. Turned out great with no lift-off.

You’re braver than me - but it came out great!  Super clean!

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23 hours ago, CabDriver said:

You’re braver than me - but it came out great!  Super clean!

LOL! Thanks! The beauty with craft paints is that if it would have pulled any paint up, a scrub in some water would have removed the rest, and I would have been able to re-paint as soon as it was dry again. Still a risk, but I've worked with craft paints a lot and have never really had a problem with tape lifting off the paint, even after a few hours.

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10 hours ago, FLHCAHZ said:

Looks great!  I am wanting to try the Green Stuff World Chrome.  Will you show the process? 

Thanks! I will if I can remember, lol. It will consist of taping off all of the trim, painting it gloss black, and then airbrushing the chrome. It will be the first time since I got back into the hobby 4 years ago that I will not be using Bare Metal Foil for the trim on a build. Barbatos Rex on youtube has a great video on using it.

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I got the clear on today, it's not knock out bright and glossy, but I wasn't expecting that with these colors, or the Clear Varnish(In the background of the first two pics here) I used. I will let it sit for a few days and then wet-sand, polish, and wax(which based on previous uses of the clear, should brighten it up a bit), before taping off the trim  for the chrome process. I two-toned the interior yesterday, and added the foil on the trim, and brush painted Molotow Chrome on the door handles and window cranks today. I also detailed the dash today by brush painting Molotow on the insert. I painted the gauge background black, lightly brushed some Molotow onto the numbers and script, and touched up any excess afterwards with Tamiya Panel Line Accent.

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Looks great, and your dash is a freekin' work of art. Gonna tackle the dash on my own project in a few days, so consider me inspired!

Also looking forward to the Green Stuff treatment for your trim. I bought some BMF but haven't tried it before, and there's a lot of anxiety that I might mess up an otherwise nice model..

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