Originally Posted by Thirtybird
Very nice post! I was just thinking about snapping some pics of my Camaro which will be in it's 17th week of races this week (indoor on carpet) - it's looking pretty shoddy up front!
I'm very impressed that the paint has stuck - is that due to good prep and the backing of a flexible paint do you think? I'd love to use some of the more authentic colors, but I always worry about the paint coming off...
The Model Masters lacquer paint by itself sticks well to lexan, but doesn't really bond into the lexan. In practical terms it won't flake off due to impacts. It is just as resistant to traction compounds as other paint. However, I have found it to be less scratch resistant and adhesive resistant. These are the reasons I back the Model Masters paint with Pactra paints.
- If you are running a one piece body (HPI VTA Camaro), then you shouldn't have issues.
- If you are running a multi-piece body (HPI VTA Mustangs/'Cuda) or a body that needs some extra reinforcement (HPI VTA 'Cuda), I would back the paint.
Below is a close-up on the HPI 'Cuda where I've used double-sided tape to attach the rear of the body. You can see where the tape is pulling off the paint. This issue happened over time, but I may have been able to avoid the problem if I allowed the paint to cure longer. In the future I probably will use drywall tape/silicone glue & a screw to attach this section of the body.
Note: If you do use Shoe Goo or silcone glue to reinforce your body, make sure to test the glue on the wheel cut-outs. Some glues will affect the paint and cause it to discolor or soften up.