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Old 11-03-2002, 02:50 PM   #1
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Exclamation Help painting my HPI body >>>>>

OK, I bought the HPI A4 Quattro body for my TC3. I am going to paint the body yellow and the wing black. I already cut out the body and have everything ready for painting. The only problem I am having right now is how I want to go about tinting the windows. I don't want to tint the windows with smoke spray. I would like to tint it with the black paint I am painting the wing with.

I know you have to paint from dark to light. So, I am going to paint the windows first....black. The question is...How should I go about masking off just the windows? The body came with window masks, but that is for if I want to keep the windows clear.
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Old 11-03-2002, 03:56 PM   #2
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When i did the same to my car I Painted the body first with the window masks installed and then i masked off around the windows and painted the windows with the black. If you use a fairly narrow masking tape it is easy to follow the contours around the corners of the windows. I masked and painted each of the window areas one at a time. It took time but its worth it for a good finish.
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Old 11-03-2002, 04:42 PM   #3
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thanks for the help! I was going to paint the windows first...then do the body. I think I am going to paint the body first...like you said!

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Old 11-03-2002, 06:44 PM   #4
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just an update...

I went with my instinct...and masked off the whole car except the windows. I made sure I taped up everything....but it didn't come out too good. I sprayed them black.....and there are little areas that the paint bled thru. I will just take the maskin off and remove the bleeding with enamel reducer.

A NOTE TO EVERYONE: TINT THE WINDOWS LAST
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When Masking make sure you pay special attention to the edges and rub them down really well. Also don't skimp on the masking tape. Use a good quality brand.
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Old 11-03-2002, 09:47 PM   #6
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What is save to remove paint from Lexan? I need to remove some of the paint that leaked thru the tape. I was thinking lacquer thinner...but that I asn't sure if it would eat at the plastic. Does anyone know something that is safe?
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Old 11-03-2002, 10:37 PM   #7
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Try Nail Polish Remover (acetone) or brake fluid. I have heard nitro fuel will also do it but i have not tried it. I have used the nail polish remover before to remove overspray with no problems.
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All right, I will try that when I unmask the body today

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Old 11-04-2002, 05:39 PM   #9
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UPDATE:

Well, I took the mask off the windows and there is black paint that leaked everywhere. I tryed to get as much off as possible, and I then did my yellow coat. This is the very first body that I have ever done....and well....it turned out like total POOP. I am just going to throw it away and order another one and have someone professional paint it for me. Anyone know a professional place that will paint my body for me in Michigan?
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Old 11-04-2002, 06:28 PM   #10
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Don't give up mate. You should see the first body that i tried to tint the windows on. Boy did i stuff it up. There is lots of info available on the net to help your next attempt be a success. Its a great feeling when it all comes together and people are saying how great it looks. The best advise i can give is read heaps, Talk to people, don't ever rush what you are doing and keep your first job as simple as possible.
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Question: Can I hand paint the windows instead of rattle canning them? I would mask off the windows and paint the body color first, then take the window mask off and hand paint the windows by hand with black....would that work?
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I personally wouldn't do it for fear of a streaking effect by the brush strokes.
Have you considered buying some automotive window tint film from your local Auto accessory shop. Or go to a window tint shop and ask if they have some off-cuts of tint film. My brother used stick on window tint on his car and it looks a treat. Its another option worth considering.
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I noticed you said you already cut out the body in your first post. Just to let you know, your suposed to paint then cut the body out. It helps to prevent overspray from getting on the outside of the body.
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there is film on the outside of the body...so no overspray will get on the outside of the body
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Unknown- paint the body yellow first and use the flourescent white backing coat to back the yellow paint. Spray light coats but make sure to get good coverage around the windows. After you have backed the yellow with enough backing coat to make it opaque, you can unmask the windows and paint them black. I would wait at least 2 days after you finish with the white to do the black to keep it from bleeding through the yellow. A hair dryer works well to speed up the process.
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