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#1 Tim Wilkins

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:26 PM

Anyone know the process as to how these are done? Concours ineligible I would imagine if they start showing up on Retro bodies. However, makes for some cool prints.
 
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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:32 PM

Looks to me like a wrap of some sort. Can't say I'm a fan.
 
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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:32 PM

I'm sure you can Google it, to see a video of it.
 
As I was told by a local racer, it's a solid film you lay on the water, spray it with an activator, and then dip the body in it, and pull it out.
 
I've seen some real cool jobs, by a different local racer, on Harbodies, Lexan® bodies, and controller handles.
 
PS: It obviously works with patterns that don't require exact placement on the body.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:04 PM

Mic Byrd at SpeedZone NJ was doing this. Really cool-looking!
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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:09 PM

Sounds like an easy way to paint a car and it is unique.


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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:17 PM

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:20 PM

Looks great! How is the adhesion?

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:25 PM

It's supposed to be real good.
 
The one comment I got from the guy who has done some real good jobs with it was how difficult it was to remove off of something he didn't want it on.
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Posted 03 August 2017 - 06:33 PM

Do a search on YouTube. I saw a video of an R/C body being done. It wasn't as easy as you would think. The guy was explaining all the do's and don'ts, and there was too many don'ts for me to bother with.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:43 PM

Same way woodgrain finishes are applied to automobile interior pieces and many other items.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:10 PM

Looks like a sheet of Lexan with the design made in and then vacuum-formed over a mold.
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 01:39 PM

Mic from SZ and I talked for some time about the process.  He took me to the area he did it and went through how it's done.  First I will say it is not cheap. The activator is probably the most expensive part and of course one could go a bit overboard buying all the different films.  You can tape off windows, or other areas you want clear.  You do have to build a big enough bath too.

 

I thought about trying some decided not too.


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 01:46 PM

It also looked like that a lot of the available patterns were too large for slot car applications.  I assume it would be difficult to cut out a part of the pattern and get it to position accurately on the body.

 

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 11:41 PM

Ive seen controller handles hydro dipped, and some thicker drag bodies, can u dip .007 lexan?





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