Panel Lines Tutorial

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Okay guys, I have decided to share this page again. Fotki has been having some bad issues with their photos lately and a lot of them have dissapeared from my account, something about moving their servers to another location? Anyway, it will be quite some time before they fix these issues. In the meantime, I will again share the tutorial I wrote for the magazine but this time I will not be using any albums for this, these will come straight from my PC, hopefully you guys can use the info.

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Here are a few of my models as examples.....

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'62 Catalina...

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Excellent tutorial! Thank you Marcos!

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Thought I lost this post, needed the information desperately. Why was it removed from the pinned area?

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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That looks fantastic...I need to find a new scribing tool.

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Marcos, thanks for this. I wasn't a believer until I tried this earlier in the year and it works like a charm.

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I used this tutorial back in July on a build, and it turned out AWESOME!!!!!

THANK YOU again for your helpfulness!!!

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Thanks again for this Cruz, great tutorial and one that works.

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Been wanting to know how to do this. Thanks

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Great info Marcos. I have started doing this on my builds. I also tried it on my grandson's Vette. I sprayed on some Plastikote primer after scribing and applying some AK Interactive wash, but some of the wash is no longer visible. I guess I will have to rescribe and reapply the wash ? Also, how do you resharpen the scriber ? Any help is appreciated.

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Great info Marcos. I have started doing this on my builds. I also tried it on my grandson's Vette. I sprayed on some Plastikote primer after scribing and applying some AK Interactive wash, but some of the wash is no longer visible. I guess I will have to rescribe and reapply the wash ? Also, how do you resharpen the scriber ? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks Dave. If you scribed the lines deep enough at the start you won't need to re-scribe. You can always add wash at the end of the painting process, that's the beauty of this system. Just make sure that the lines are free of any wax buildup or debris before you add the wash. I wouldn't worry about re-sharpening the scriber, these instruments are always manufactured and designed to work in a specific way when they come out of production and if you alter anything they might not do the job as intended. I suggest you go out and purchase a new one instead of fixing the one you have. Just remember that the idea behind starting out with the scriber is to help start the process with the straightest line possible, the X-Acto knife does the rest.

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And being a beginner with this method it's easy to wind up with some not-so-straight lines. Thanks for the advice Marcos. I'll keep practicing and I will make it to one of the meetings of the model club soon.

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And being a beginner with this method it's easy to wind up with some not-so-straight lines. Thanks for the advice Marcos. I'll keep practicing and I will make it to one of the meetings of the model club soon.

Just remember, patience is the key. Start out making sure you don't put any kind of pressure on the scriber, even if it takes a long time. That's the key to getting the lines straight. Once the scriber forms the line, the knife will follow them easier.

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Marcos I have a question; After putting the wash in the panel lines you say to sand the body, which means that you then have to wash the body with soap and water before priming and applying paint. Does this remove any of the wash?

Thanks, Gene

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I've never had this happen Gene, I use Mig washes and these are enamel based, don't know if a water based one would wash off but I still don't think so. I've had a few people tell me that they've used water based colors when trying this system and I am still to hear that it has been washed out. If you scribe those lines nice and deep, I just can't see that happening. You do have to remember that you can always add a bit more wash even after painting, that's the beauty of scribing the lines deep. Just make sure that there is no sanding debris when doing so.

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Good advice Marcos!

After primer, but before paint:

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You say the object is to deepen the lines not widen them but the scriber widens them.

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Just start with the scriber, finish with the blade.....

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Thanks need to try this out,

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Great info man, the models posted definitely show that the system works. Why isn't this pinned? :blink:

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Stupid question but when you put down the primer and paint does it not cover up the wash? :huh:

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Stupid question but when you put down the primer and paint does it not cover up the wash? :huh:

You need to put the wash over the primer, then paint over both. The wash should tint the paint to a darker tone of the same color and give the gap some depth like you would see with a 1/1 car that has the jabs painted the same color as the outside of the car.

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Stupid question but when you put down the primer and paint does it not cover up the wash? :huh:

If they're scribed deep enough, a wash isn't necessary. I never wash panel lines.

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