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#26 Brian Czeiner

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Posted 13 October 2023 - 10:23 AM

Thanks Brian, you are absolutely right about the fibers. I've found that unless your lucky enough to get a continuous cut, it'll wind up jagged. I'm trying to keep this to the basics so a printer/ cutter is a little (lot) out of my league here. Also, I tried to combine tape and liquid masking for , what I think, are the two (2) most common options for the beginners.

 

 You don't need to use a cutter for the vinyl. I freehand stuff all of the time in vinyl with a knife. I was referring to an alternative to using tape. Still your basics, just a different substrate.


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Posted 13 October 2023 - 05:38 PM

I was referring to the computer programs and cutters. Excuse me if I'm not using the correct terminology, just goes to show you how little I know about it.
If you bloggers are still with me, I'll rap this up and go to pt2. No, there is not a quiz afterwards.

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Posted 13 October 2023 - 07:39 PM

That's all for this one. Aside from the tape glop, I'm really happy with the colours.
So, the important things are
1) take your time
2) quadruple check before you paint
4) USE GOOD TAPE!!!!
Has I quadruple checked, I would have noticed that the$1 store tape was Garbage! Oh, well, it's not a show piece.
I'll get into a few more masking & taping methods next.

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Posted 13 October 2023 - 07:47 PM

If your car goes fast enough, we'll not be able to see how good or how bad the body paint looks.  :victory:


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Posted 14 October 2023 - 11:27 AM

Thanks Bill, another way to look at it is, I'll look good loosing 🙄.

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Posted 14 October 2023 - 11:56 AM

For my own cars, I never paint them red. Red is a very popular color & you can usually find 2 or 3  red cars in a slot car field. I don't want to be trying to drive someone else's car during a race. I won't use black unless I'm running on a non-black track surface such as a light gray or some other color. Black on black makes it too hard for me to pick up the car when out on the track. I like to use yellow or white with some contrasting color. These have been the easiest for me to see out on a track. 


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Posted 14 October 2023 - 05:10 PM

Funny you should say that. I once had four (4) or five (5) cars that I had painted in a race. Almost as confusing as re- winding a seven(7) pole arm. Needles to say, I didn't win. Might have set a new track call record though.

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Posted 14 October 2023 - 06:03 PM

When my son was racing with me, he liked red, so I painted red bodies for him. I know two guys 20-25 years apart who had cases full or red, white, & blue vehicles. The first was a kid whose dad worked in the Boston Zone Office of AMC. I don't know what the second guy's excuse was. Maybe he just liked the colors.


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Posted 15 October 2023 - 05:51 PM

Am I showing my age?

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Posted 15 October 2023 - 10:35 PM

Mark, you showed us that a long time ago.


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Posted 15 October 2023 - 10:57 PM

The car? Oooooooooh I get it,🙄🤔😳

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Posted 08 May 2024 - 10:19 AM

Mark:

Other Sharpie colors work just fine on the outside of bodies and interiors.

Everything you see here other than the yellow and Slick 7 sticker I did with Sharpies. 

 

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Jay does that include the silver, and if so what marker do you use for the silver?


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Posted 08 May 2024 - 10:32 AM

Eddie:

Yes, the silver is also done with a Sharpie.  Sometime if the car body has a really big molded-in rear spoiler I will just tape the body off and spray paint the silver on with a spray can from the outside.  Painting the spoiler from the outside even gives it slightly flat appearance which looks a lot like real aluminum.  The silver lower-sides of the center body in the ones you are citing was painted from the inside which is pretty rare for me.


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Posted 09 May 2024 - 09:59 PM

Glad to see you guys are still reading my thread.
I've posted so much in the 1/32 production catagory on painting a 65 Corvair Corsa ,that I feel as if I should have posted it here.
Jay, I purchased a ElCheapo set of paint markers (Michaels) and, I realize that you get what you pay for but:
1) they dry flat
2) seem to be erratic in the volume of paint released.
And
3) they don't adhere sometimes and, usually dry rubbery and,stretchy .
Finally, the coverage is hit and miss.
I'm sure it can be attributed to the bottom of the line quality.
Any comments?

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Posted 10 May 2024 - 07:12 AM

New to the site and enjoying this thread......


Started racing slot cars back at the old Grand Avenue Raceway on Grand Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
Started with Group 12, moved up to Group 27 and Open.
Still have my two cars and over a dozen arms.
Just recently discovered a track local to me and am looking forward to meeting up with the old timers and new people in the hobby.

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Posted 10 May 2024 - 09:51 AM

Jay, I didn't know Sharpie made a silver marker. Is it a true marker, or a paint-type marker?

 

FWIW, I paint the silver on the inside of the bodies with a brush. Sharpies applied to the silver on the outside make things resemble anodized aluminum:

 

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Posted 10 May 2024 - 01:26 PM

Mike, I've heard that Hobby Lobby carries some sort of chrome gel pens, Not a Sharpie, I think they're German. I've haven't been in Hobby Lobby for a couple years, so I haven't checked them out.


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Posted 10 May 2024 - 04:16 PM

Mike:

It's all regular sharpie marker, not the paint type markers.  The trick is to lay down the silver first and let it dry for at least a few hours, then come back and over coat it with what ever color(s) you want.  But when you do the overlay be quick about it as the new color can "melt into" the base silver and make a mess of it if you linger.  Another trick is when laying down the over colors I frequently wipe the tip of the sharpie on a paper towel to remove any base color residue.  Not rocket science for sure but it does take a bit of Zen patience.


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Posted 10 May 2024 - 06:40 PM

Thanks Jay, I'll try just sharpies. And yes, always a good idea to wipe the tip, they will definitely blend.
Have you,or, anyone else tried the fine tip paint markers?
PS, Mike, nice job





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