Schumacher CAT XLS Build - Part 2
The information below may not give you the best results, it is therefore only intended as a guide. I take no responsibility if you follow this guide.
The above picture shows the rear wing being lined up and masked ready for paint. Tamiya 6mm masking on the rear of the wing.
The above pictures shows the paints I will be using. PS-2 Red PS-5 Black, PS-6 Yellow and PS-1 White. I used the white as a backing on the body shell. I also used Tamiya 6mm masking tape.
The picture above shows the rear wing after 3 coats of black paint. REMEMBER always start your spray jobs with your darkest colour. In this case it will be black first, red second and yellow last. DARKEST TO LIGHTEST. The fins at the side of the wing are difficult to get spray paint in.
The above picture shows the wing after 3 coats of red paint.
The above picture shows the rear wing after 3 coats of yellow paint.
The above picture shows the completed wing. As you can see the fins at the side need more paint. I will do this with a brush. You can also see some bleed lines, which is my fault for not waiting long enough between coats. TAKE YOUR TIME.
Time to paint the upper body shell.
LEAVE THE PROTECTIVE FILM ON THE BODY SHELL
This is one of the most important jobs on the car so take your time. I did four different sittings with the shell to ensure it fit properly, shaped correctly and was flat where it needed to be flat. If there are mistakes here, it will stick out like a sore thumb. You will also need to cut a hole in the shell to let the nut from the spur wheel to poke through. Remember to mask it before painting.
The above picture shows the body shell cut out on the buggy for test fitting.
Time for paint.
As I earlier mentioned, I am aiming for box art colours. This basically means the buggy will be identical as possible to the picture on the box the buggy was supplied in. Masking tape was then applied to mask off the separate colour borders, to replicate the box art. Window masks are then applied. I also masked off areas on the outside of the shell to reduce over spray, it get's everywhere. REMEMBER when painting, start darkest then to lightest.
The pictures above show the body shell after 3 coats of black paint. I then left it overnight to cure.
After 24 hours, I removed the masking tape for the red stripe going over the shell. I then ensured the masking tape at the border of the yellow was totally stuck down to prevent bleeds.
The above picture shoes the body shell after 3 coats of red paint. Again, I left it overnight to cure.
After 24 hours, I removed the masking tape covering the area to be painted yellow.
After removing the masking tape I discovered a small bleed and a shadow of black in the red. There is nothing I can do at this point to correct the mistakes. TAKE YOUR TIME.
The above picture shows the body shell after 3 coats of yellow paint. I then left it overnight to cure. As you can see, I have left the outer masking tape on and the window masks, as I am going to back all the paints in white.
After 24 hours, I then applied 3 coats of white paint (as shown above). I did this as it will make the red and the yellow paints a lot brighter and more solid. I then left it overnight to cure and then removed the outer masking tape.
The picture above shows the body shell with the paint complete and the outer protective film removed. Considering I am no expert in this field, I don't think it's turned out too bad.
The picture above shows the body shell with the window masks removed.
Thank you for reading.
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