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 Post subject: That new car shine
PostPosted: Mon 14 May 2012 21:19 pm 
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Hi Guys, I was just wondering what is the best (cheap) thing for going over matt paint in order to make it shine is? I have built an F1 car however it looks dull and I want to give it a nice shine  :)

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You need a gloss varnish, which one depends on the paint it is going over and if you are brush painting or airbrushing. Assuming Humbrol matt paint, then Humbrol GlossCote will go over the top OK, it's better to apply 2-3 thin coats rather than one thick one

See this thread for info on varnishes;
http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... t3476.html

This thread has links to lots of advice and information threads on the forum and is a useful starting point;
http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... 21305.html

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Thanks Richard, I did look at the post previously but I have only been doing this a few weeks so don't really understand the paints and layers properly yet, so thought I would ask. I am brush painting for the time being. Airbrush does look a lot better from what i have seen, but i think i will wait a while before investing in one, need to get better and learn more first  :D  One thing i have noticed while brush painting is that I lose all of the indent lines and crevices that give my models detail, the paint just fills them in. Any tips for that? Thanks again, don't mean to blab on, just eager to learn :D


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Several thin coats rather than one thick one are better, the paint won't fill in all the recessed detail. Thinned paint is also less likely to leave brush marks. It all comes down to practice and finding what works for you. Humbrol enamel paints can be thinned with their propriety thinners.

A halfway house between brushes and airbrushes are the aerosol spraycans, handy for doing large areas and things like white airliners.

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Super link, Rich! :thumb:

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When using metallic colours always use a gloss varnish then polish back.
This Plymouth was sprayed with Halfords aerosol and clear Laquer. It was then polished with fine micromesh (8000 then 12000 grit). It then had a final polish with Maguires car polish.

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This Dodge was sprayed with Humbrol Enamel H21 Gloss black with an airbrush. It was then polished with Maguires car polish. I didn't put a varnish over it beacuse at the time I wasn't happy with various varnishes to apply over enamel paints. Humbrol do now make a gloss varnish for enamels. I've yet to try it -maybe on my next kit. Don't use acryllic varnish over enamel it will ruin your finish.

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You don't always have to use varnishes on solid colours, you do with metallics. As long as the paint is thick enough to polish back you should be ok. Be carefull not to polish too mush on corners or edges, here the paint is thinest.

Here's some more examples of how shiney finishes can be done.

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Thanks for that :) they all look great. Dont think ill be getting a finish like that for a while..

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How do you get you transfers/decals on so accurate and straight BAC? :) mine go all over the place


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joemcdermott:439816 wrote:
How do you get you transfers/decals on so accurate and straight BAC? :) mine go all over the place


Just take one decal at a time and press out any water with paper towel or even a cotton bud. Give it a while before you add any other decals so you don't shift them by accident.

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BAC: I'm gob-smacked by the shine on your autos, and your photos are just perfect too,  :shock: :notworthy:  :notworthy:

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