Customs: How to achieve a smooth dark silver?

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  1. Detroa

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    Hi everyone,

    I will be ready to paint some custom Megatrons soon and that will be the first time I'll ever paint large surfaces with silver. I'm a little worried about it because I usually drybrush my silver parts when they're small details but this time, we're talking about large dull areas where I want the paint to be smooth and I'm not feeling confident about it, I'm fearing the fact they may look cheap or not realistic after painting.

    So, here's my question: how to achieve a smooth dark silver (something like Cybertron Galvatron or Buster Prime silver but a little darker) on large areas? I was thinking about priming the figure with flat back (Tamiya spray can (they don't sell Krylon in my country :/)) for paint adhesion, then base coating it using gloss black or semi gloss black (Testors MM) then painting it with a mix of regular silver and gun metal (Testors MM) and finishing the whole thing with a glossy or semi glossy clear coat (probably Testors).

    Does it sounds like a good way to go or am I wrong? Oh and by the way, I will be using an airbrush with acrylics and I did search through the board but I didn't find anything revelant to this, sorry if I missed it.

    Thanks in advance for any help
     
  2. bellyboy

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    man if u have an airbrush all u need is alclad 2 chrome
    amazing results

    pm if u need more help
     
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    If you want silver, and not chrome I've used black primer called Armory Black Primer. It works really well as a base for silver paint. I've posted it somewhere on this forum when I painted my G1 Scorponok leg shields. At least that's how I do it.
     
  4. Detroa

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    Thank you but I don't want it to look like chrome, only smooth dark silver, something shiny but not really reflective.

    Thanks for the information, I'll look for information on that armory black primer. Unfortunately, I can't find picture of your G1 Scorponok leg shields, I would have liked to see the result.
     
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    Sorry, I thought I had some pictures of it. Was looking in my photobucket and the only pics I have are of the parts primed.
    But this is the primer I was talking about.
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    Tamiya has a spray can of Light Gun Metal. Maybe that's about what you're looking for?
     
  7. Detroa

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    Thanks but it looks like something I won't find here easily...


    I just typed "light gun metal tamiya" into Google Images. This is EXACTLY the color I want, looks like I won't need to airbrush any silver part on this figure. Thanks a lot!

    Do you think I should base coat the figure with some gloss black before applying it?
     
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    I'm pretty fond of Krylon Nickel Shimmer myself. plowking and REDLINE both turned me on to it. :) 
     
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    It seems to look amazing too, too bad they don't sell Krylon here. :( 

    The result looks great but maybe a little too dark for my taste, I'll definitely look into it by searching pictures of painted things with the other colors from the line, thanks. :) 
     
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    I sprayed over silver and black plastic and it came out fine. If you're going over colored plastic, give it a coat of primer before going with the Light Gun Metal.

    I'm tempted to say a white or light grey primer, since you don't want the final result to look too dark- just darker than Silver. Maybe try each primer on some scrap parts to test? See which one comes out with the best result for you.
     
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    Thanks a lot for all those informations!
     

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