Customs: Clear acrylic paint question

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  1. lord ginrai

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    Hey everyone,

    Kind of a newbie when it comes to customizing and I've got a little question.
    I've been thinking of repainting my Beast Wars Tigerhawk but the biggest challenge would be to keep the chromed parts chromed while changing the colors.

    Now I've heard of clear paint before and after a quick google session I found a bottle of clear red paint by Tamiya.

    So, my question is:
    Would it be possible to paint over the vac metalized blue parts with the clear red paint to get a purple result, or would it just destroy the chrome?

    Thanks for any and all input! :) 
     
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    Go right ahead. Test it first on a small hidden section first though, the shade of purple might not be the one you want. Hence, it's a good idea to apply really, really thin coats of the paint, and build it up until you get the desired colour shade.

    Remember, paint looks different when wet and when it's dry.
     
  3. lord ginrai

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    Thanks for the advice! I'll give it a try then :) 
     
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    Painting over the chrome won't ruin the chrome, but it may not just instantly change the color of the chrome. Just keep in mind that paint is a substance. I think the approach with a translucent paint is a good idea. Keep us posted on your work :thumb 
     
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    Applying thin layers of paint and drying with a hair-dryer
    speeds up the whole painting process for me.
    You might want to try that.
     
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    I've not used a hair dryer in quite sometime simply because when I sit a part down to dry, I move on to something else. Hair dryers are handy though; they'll certainly speed up the process. I also allow some of part to dry directly under a desk light (6-8" away) :) 
     
  7. lord ginrai

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    Hair-dryer is a great tip! I'll definately keep that in mind.
    I just ordered a bottle of the paint, so have to wait a couple of days.. When I get around to the customizing, I'll keep you guys posted!

    Thanks for all the input :) 
     

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