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How 'bout a thread on paint techniques, graphics, decals, details, mounting a body, etc.?

What do you use to paint your bodies? (rattle cans here)

How do you do your graphics? (Good ol' 3M masking tape)

How do you mount your body on your pan cars? (Uhhhh....LOL...)

Let it roll....!
 

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Vinyl cutter here and a cheap Badger 150 airbrush w/fascolor paint. I typically cut masks with the vinyl cutter for the graphics on the body, or use masking tape for really simple designs. I paint the design and then i do my numbers and "sponsors" in vinyl on the outside. i did a couple of bodies that were 100% paint with full logos and such, but i just dont have the patience to work with that much masking
 

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So, what brand/type of vinyl cutters/airbrush/compressors do you guys recommend for getting into this stuff? What computer programs do you use for masks/lettering/etc.?
 

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Iwata airbrush's,good oil-less compressor, water based paint, airbrush cleaner, bucket to use as a clean-out between colors, and final clean-up,exacto knives, good 3m green tape,blue vinyl fine line, buddy's with vinyl machines for paint masks, and wrap's. Back with crystal clear matte or gloss enamel spray can, except carpet bodies.

check out- www.coastairbrush.com that's where i shop for supplies, part's, paint
 

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Iwata airbrush's,good oil-less compressor, water based paint, airbrush cleaner, bucket to use as a clean-out between colors, and final clean-up,exacto knives, good 3m green tape,blue vinyl fine line, buddy's with vinyl machines for paint masks, and wrap's. Back with crystal clear matte or gloss enamel spray can, except carpet bodies.

check out- www.coastairbrush.com that's where i shop for supplies, part's, paint
Thanks; this is the kind of info I was looking for ;) What do you mean by "except carpet bodies"?

How do you get water-based paints to stick to Lexan?
 

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look for floor polish with future....cant remember who makes it off hand....cut your paint with it and it will stick....a little light sanding doesnt hurt either. you dont back carpet bodies with clear because it makes them too heavy.
 

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Thanks; this is the kind of info I was looking for ;) What do you mean by "except carpet bodies"?

How do you get water-based paints to stick to Lexan?
Carpet oval bodies ,we tend to keep the over all weight down with the bodies, so i never sealed with the crystal clear enamel on the carpet bodies, need to keep the weight as low as possible, laquer based is slightly lighter as well for bodies meant for carpet oval racing.

wipe inside of bodies down with alcohol, or wash in sink with dawn and warm water, blow dry. U need to wash off the mold residue that's sometime left behind in the process. some bodies are worse than others.
water based paint adheres well to the lexan, you want to use hair dryer between coats,or color changes, with most painting it's better to paint with lite coats,and let paint flash between coats, water based paint takes longer to cure, so watch pulling tape,vinyl mask's to soon between colors,and shading,fading ,etc. i've picked up alot of little tricks here and there,some colors set-up quicker,take less coats,some like the heavy silver ,i wait over night before i pull vinyl.

Just start slow,practice effects, spraying,techniques,getting comfortable ,etc.. use scape lexan,or plastic bottles, don't practice on 25.00plus bodies
 

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What's best way to clean air brush after using fastcolor?
Donnie, use Createx airbrush cleaner, 11.25 32 oz. best stuff i've found for cleaning between colors,and end of day.

i also use restorer, if plan not using airbrushes before storing, always run some thru airbrush before painting as well,doesn't take much

check out coast airbrush, i use them for airbrushes,parts,paint,supplies etc...
 

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Donnie, use Createx airbrush cleaner, 11.25 32 oz. best stuff i've found for cleaning between colors,and end of day.

i also use restorer, if plan not using airbrushes before storing, always run some thru airbrush before painting as well,doesn't take much

check out coast airbrush, i use them for airbrushes,parts,paint,supplies etc...
KOZ,Looking to get into a decent airbrush over the winter.I'm a long way from pro.Any suggestions on what to start out with?? I don't really want to go through a bunch of brushes if not necessary,maybe a good all around set-up.Thanks.
 

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I have been into auto body/ custom paint most of my life, and I can tell you the devilbiss dagr is the best I have used. Great brush for the money.
 

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I have been into auto body/ custom paint most of my life, and I can tell you the devilbiss dagr is the best I have used. Great brush for the money.
Thanks HH,realistically,does one need a brush as nice for some lexan bodies?? I won't be using it too frequently really.Just a good solid reliable piece will work.Thanks again. :cool:
 

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No you don't need one as nice as that, but please get a decent dual action airbrush. Paasche and Badger make nice ones for about $65.


Three rules of thumb:

1. Buy a name brand, you WILL need to buy spare parts some time!

2. Dual action is a must, you may want to "up your game" and with a dual action you are set.

3. Clean it thouroghly after each use. The parts in an airbrush are amazingly small, and the littlest bit of dirt can make you want to pull your hair out. Don't ask me how I know!!!!
 

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KOZ,Looking to get into a decent airbrush over the winter.I'm a long way from pro.Any suggestions on what to start out with?? I don't really want to go through a bunch of brushes if not necessary,maybe a good all around set-up.Thanks.
iwata Revolution HP-CR- under 100 bucks, very good first brush, easy to get parts,very good balance, works well for all the water based paint types.
 

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No you don't need one as nice as that, but please get a decent dual action airbrush. Paasche and Badger make nice ones for about $65.


Three rules of thumb:

1. Buy a name brand, you WILL need to buy spare parts some time!

2. Dual action is a must, you may want to "up your game" and with a dual action you are set.

3. Clean it thouroghly after each use. The parts in an airbrush are amazingly small, and the littlest bit of dirt can make you want to pull your hair out. Don't ask me how I know!!!!
iwata Revolution HP-CR- under 100 bucks, very good first brush, easy to get parts,very good balance, works well for all the water based paint types.
Do you guys recommend a gravity feed brush or bottom feed type??pros & cons?? Thanks.
 

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If you use a gravity feed brush you will have to clean every time you change colors. Gravity feed brushes work better...MPO.
I like gravity feed brushes for fine detail work, and I like siphon feed brushes for larger projects. One nice thing is that if you will be using faskolor paints you can get an adapter to fit the paint bottles directly on to a siphon feed airbrush.
 
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