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How do I paint a frame?

Old 06-10-2006, 01:56 AM
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Default How do I paint a frame?

I guess the subject pretty much sums its up. I have one almost rolling Kanai 2 buggy and a inferno 7.5 that I am using as a parts buggy. I already have the inferno apart and ready to get going on the Kanai.

Right now everything is off the chassis. The guy that I bought the K2 from raced it a decent amount, which in turn caused quite a bit of "rash" on the bottom of the frame. He left the frame to sit for a while with some dirt on it which also had the black on the top dull and also get sorta scratched up. I cleaned most of the dirt & wd40 (i think thats what he might have been using to clean it down) off of the frame. However since this is my first project car I want everything to be pretty good looking on it.

How can I go about getting the "rash" out of the bottom and finishing off the top. Right now the bottom part just about all of the black is gone from it and the top as I said is pretty dull or gone on it. How can I paint the frame, have it look smooth, and have it offer some sort of protection to the paint.

This car will only be on the dirt. I know that nothing will keep it perfect but just offer some sort of protection so that the first time I bottom out 1/4 of the paint chips right off.

Painting skill wise, so far I have only painted one rc body so I am definitly very new to this. In turn any help you can give me from begining to end would be greatly appreciated.

Regards in advance...

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Old 06-10-2006, 03:10 AM
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Default RE: How do I paint a frame?

Take a wire wheel to it (gently) and paint it after
a good washing and rinsing
Old 06-10-2006, 12:45 PM
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Default RE: How do I paint a frame?

Can someone elaborate just a little more for this. What should I use to get out the scrapes on the bottom of the frame? What should I use to protect it? What type of paint should I use?
Old 06-10-2006, 12:49 PM
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Default RE: How do I paint a frame?

Um I would say nothing really unless you wanted to use body filler which wouldn't make much sense. If you sanded it down smooth that would probably make the chasis to thin and make it much easier to bend or break. What the guy previous was saying was to take a wire brush and get it to bare metal. Then spray primer and then the paint.
Old 06-10-2006, 12:51 PM
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Default RE: How do I paint a frame?

Thanks bud. What type of spray paint should I use on the primer and should I throw some clear on it to protect it?

Old 06-10-2006, 01:00 PM
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Um I guess if you use primer then you could really use any kind of paint you wanted. And yeah Use plenty of clear coat. If you need more help you can catch me on aim or msn.
Old 06-11-2006, 12:32 AM
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Default RE: How do I paint a frame?

Well I started to paint my frame and first off I'd like to thank em x 6 racer for all of his help with walking me through the steps. I (like a idiot) forgot to take a initial picture of the frame to give a true before and after. I really like the way the frame came out. I decided on painting it neon green. I am also going to paint the shock tower this color. Matching that up with the blue aluminum pieces I have for it / plan to add I think it will look quite good. I am going for a "energy" color and design scheme for the whole buggy.

The pictures I have are of it on its 2nd coat of primer and its final coat of paint. In total I did 4 coats of primer and 5 total of paint. I still have to clearcoat the paint, but I wanted it to dry overnight before applying the clear.

Let me know what you guys think of it.

Also, is there a way to paint the black plastic pieces using the same color spray paint that I was using. I don't think the primer I am using is meant to plastic pieces and I don't recall seeing plastic primer @ home depot today. I'd like to maybe paint the trays and maybe the radio box.

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Old 06-11-2006, 12:46 AM
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They sell plastic primer. Try walmart I think that's where I got mine. Awesome job that looks great.
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Default RE: How do I paint a frame?

Make sure to tighten all of the screws after you run it once. The paint will compress in the counter sunk holes and your screws will loosen up.

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