There are different ways to mask Camaro Hood stripes. Below is a photo of how I mask the stripes when I plan to paint the stripes first and then main body color second.
- I am using Tamiya masking tape. For the thin stripes, I cut the tamiya tape into 2mm wide strips.
- The body does look a bit cloudy due to scuffing the inside of the lexan with a Scotch Brite green pad (helps with paint adhesion).
- The hood stripes are easy to mask due to being molded into the body.
- I usually eye-ball
the distance of the thin stripes.
- It took me between 15-30 minutes to mask the front stripes.
take a bit more effort.
- Find the center line of the body and mark.
- Measure how wide the front stripes are and how far they are from the center line of the body. For the HPI '68 Camaro, stripes are 34mm wide, inside is 15mm from the center line, outside is 49mm from center line, & stripes will be 98mm wide if measured from the outside edges. (Make sure to measure twice.)
- Measure distance from front windows to hood stripes and replicate on rear. For the HPI '68 Camaro this is 8mm.
Below is another photo of the rear (without the thin stripes masked).
Rear Spoiler Stripes
take additional effort.
- After masking the trunk stripes, cut and mount the rear spoiler.
- Note where the trunk stripes line up with the rear spoiler and mark locations with a Sharpie.
- Remove rear spoiler and mask.
- Re-attach rear spoiler and make sure masking lines up.
- I've tried to mask & paint the rear spoiler before mounting it, but the thin stripes usually don't exactly line up.
- If matching the stripes on the spoiler are too much effort, simply paint the spoiler black or a single color that is complimentary to the paint scheme.
Wide Stripes only are fine
- Once you get 5' away from any car, most of the fine detail won't be noticeable.
- If it is a race body, it will soon be scratched or dented. Spend the extra time at the track practicing.
Monokote Trim is a good alternative to paint
- If you want to skip paint, you can always make your own external stripes with Monokote Trim. (http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=monokote+trim
). It comes in a variety of colors, has adhesive backing, and is fuel resistant. I've used the monokote trim in the past on the outside of the rear spoiler when I didn't want to take the time to mask/paint the inside of the spoiler.