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Old 02-23-2012, 11:14 PM
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Default First time painter!

I picked up a cool looking Corvette body at a swap meet and it looks like I can make it fit my Rustler. It is clear and I want to paint it but have never painted one before. I have a ton of questions. First, should I fit it and cut it out before I paint it. Second, what paint? I know most paints will crack off if flexed. I am going over in my head as to which colors to do first, planning to do the inside, and how to do the taping off and such. I know I am going to run in to alot more questions as I go but these two I think are first.
Old 02-24-2012, 09:08 AM
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You want to fit it to the Rustler first and do all your trimming and mounting. Then wash the body and dry it off, start masking what you don't want painted like windows and such. You want to make sure you use paints for the lexan bodies like Tamiya PS paints, Pactra, Faskolor, Spazz Stix and there are several others you can use. Patience is the key to painting if you get in a hurry it will look like crap. So start with light coats of paint letting it dry between coats.
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So it is fit first. Cool! I need to cut some ventilation holes, windows, then tape the rest. Cut the wheel wells and fit. And the body mounts. I'll post a pic when ready. Trip to the LHS for some paint I guess. Thanks for the advice.
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Don't make the same mistake I made the first time. Go with something basic. maybe two colors. I got anxious and got in too deep. It turned out like crap. Other thing is, if you are doing designs, remember to do things in the reverse order that you would paint something on the outside. It is tricky first time.

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