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Old 12-03-2011, 08:31 AM
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Thanks, never been good at bodyshells.
Never thought of the sharpie around where to cut.....
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:04 AM
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Any tips for painting lexan body in 30 - 50 degrees weather? I'm going to use a spray can.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:10 AM
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heat up the cans in a water bath and use light coats so they can dry quicker. Use a hair dryer to dry them- both sides of the body
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:51 AM
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:01 PM
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I had a guy paint my Losi 4x4 shell in my color scheme. However, once on the car, things like clay spray from tires, and other things started to scratch and wear the paint so now the "outside" of the shell looks bad.

One suggestion was putting duct tape at certain areas inside the shell. Another is applying Shoe Goo, which forms a pretty hard protective surface, but I don't know how long it lasts.

Also, applied decals to the outside are wearing, too. How do you protect the outside? Some kind of a clear spray without messing up the clear windows?

What's the best way to protect?
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:04 PM
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Not sure if its something just with my computer settings or not, but I can't see any of the photos in the original posts. Just little red x's.

I'm a visual person so seeing these would help a lot!

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Originally Posted by 3D-Seth View Post
Not sure if its something just with my computer settings or not, but I can't see any of the photos in the original posts. Just little red x's.

I'm a visual person so seeing these would help a lot!

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It is probably because the post is 2 yrs old and the original photos are no longer hosted. I cannot see them either.
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Dang all the pictures are down. Does anyone know what masking tape works? Got some painter's tape but that stuff is kinda expensive. Don't mind using it if masking tape doesn't work. Like masking because you can actually kinda see through it.

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Old 01-16-2012, 08:43 PM
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Try tamiya masking tape. They're really good
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Alright I have a question about pinstriping. I am working on my second liquid paint mask body. I want to put a 1/4 pinstripe around the inside of the window. I have seen this on alot of bodies and was wanting to know the best way to go about doing this. My last one came out bad. Please help.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:51 AM
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Alright I have a question about pinstriping. I am working on my second liquid paint mask body. I want to put a 1/4 pinstripe around the inside of the window. I have seen this on alot of bodies and was wanting to know the best way to go about doing this. My last one came out bad. Please help.
Yea, me too, please help
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:04 AM
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Alright I have a question about pinstriping. I am working on my second liquid paint mask body. I want to put a 1/4 pinstripe around the inside of the window. I have seen this on alot of bodies and was wanting to know the best way to go about doing this. My last one came out bad. Please help.
Two ways (there are many):

1. Use the factory masks for the windows, but before you install them in the shell, carefully cut a second line inside the edge, to the width you want. Use de-tacked masking tape, or transfer tape, to put the mask into the shell.

2. Use liquid masking film to mask the windows/body, then carefully cut both lines inside the body.

Other ways....

Use narrow tape to layout the pins.
Mask with tape, cut two lines for the pins.
Vinyl cutter: make custom vinyl masks with trim lines for pins.
Paint them with a brush (not suggested)
Paint them with a Sharpie (not suggested)
Paint them with a paint pen (not suggested)
Freehand them with your airbrush (Really not suggested)

There might be other ways also.
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Tomorrow I will be starting my 1st paint job using liquid mask. Is there still a need to use the supplied window masks when using liquid mask, or shoot the whole body and cut the windows and such out later?
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Tomorrow I will be starting my 1st paint job using liquid mask. Is there still a need to use the supplied window masks when using liquid mask, or shoot the whole body and cut the windows and such out later?
I dont use the supplied window masks any more but I did when I first starting to paint bodies. I found it took me more time to get the masks on straight then it takes me to just free hand cut them. It all depends on how steady you are with the knife, if you are unsure use them.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:20 PM
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Hey y'all Im getting ready to airbrush my 1st body then I saw the new car action about the spray boom paint and I saw where he used a scuff pad on the body. Do u guys do anything like this or should I just go ahead and just spray with the airbrush?
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