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One of many hobby's best-known names teaches tips on how to create show-stopping automobile and truck types with specialist completing and portray suggestions. provides professional assistance and explains the fundamentals of paint, apparatus, and step by step security options. contains development initiatives precise in full-color images.
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Before moving on to the pearl coats I inspected the body for any dust particles or specks of grit. These pesky little critters are much easier to remove at this stage than later after the body has been painted. Fine-tipped tweezers work well for removing any such debris. Be careful, however, not to gouge the paint while using them. I then remounted the body on the paint stand for applying the pearl coats. 52 I applied several mist coats to the body until I achieved overall coverage. These mist coats give the surface of the body a "tooth" to which the succeeding wet coats can adhere.
Changing the angle of the sanding strokes guarantees that one area alone will not receive too much attention, thus avoiding dips or flat areas in the plastic. I removed the plating from the tail fin trim and rear bumper areas to further reinforce the dechromed look. These trim parts were soaked in a bowl of Liquid Plumb'r drain cleaner for approximately 10 minutes until the chrome plating dissolved. After washing and drying the trim parts I mounted them to the fins using super glue. The trim was then molded into the natural body lines of the Chevy by sanding.
Lower Left: Make an oily wash by combining one part Testors flat black and two parts clear topcoat. Then simply thin the mixture to your liking. Center: You can apply this oily wash in all sorts of places, such as the floor of this trailer, to simulate oil that has leaked onto the planking. Lower Right: Make a very light wash by mixing pastel powder in a solution of tap water and Windex window cleaner. The Windex allows the wash to flow better. Here's the finished bed, ready for detailing. The stain and washes leave a realistic patina on the wood.