Minor/Repaint: WIP - RotF Tracks

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  1. aledromo

    aledromo Decepticon at the Gate

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    I wanted to experiment with spray paints, and I've always hated the red bits on Sidearm Sideswipe. These problems were able to solve each other.

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    I still need to silver up his rims, and I have no idea what to do with his robot mode yet. Apparently I have to wait a few more days before he's fully cured to even transform him. But while I'm not pleased with the feel of the paint (rustoleum) I have to say that it's the smoothest finish I've ever gotten on a custom.
     

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  2. demanjaw

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    really nice so far man
     
  3. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    Looks nice. Maybe a bit thick, but still looks nice.
     
  4. aledromo

    aledromo Decepticon at the Gate

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    Thanks. Any tips on the thickness? First time working with sprays.
     
  5. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    Dude slick. needs some bot mode but awesome
     
  6. wheeljack2010

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    Not a bad first attempt man. Next time just spray at a longer distance and lightly mist the coats on using a sweeping motion front to back, back to front. Seems irrelavent, but trust me, distance makes a difference when it comes to thickness. Did you prime (base coat) the internal parts (bot mode) already or did you just paint the car mode only?
     
  7. aledromo

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    Not sure what you mean. Base coat?
     
  8. Satomiblood

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    He's asking if you just painted the vehicle parts...

    Anyway, it came out nice. I don't think it's too thick as I can still make out the mold's details. Yea, I'd give it a day before transforming it. Does the paint feel dry at least, or does it have a tacky feeling to it? Either way, it looks clean and I like that you took the time to mask the areas off.

    As for the rims, you should invest in detail swabs. The tips are small, but it gives you a greater margin of error to work with. A steady hand also helps.
     
  9. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    The only reason I say it looks a bit thick is because it looks like there are done bubbles. Ad for priming, he's asking if you primed the parts, which would allow for better, and more even, coats of the paint.
     
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    Great mold choice! Is this the 'Sidearm Sideswipe' mold (i.e., the one who had the forearm flames on first release) or ROTF first release version? Personally I'd prefer the former were this my custom, but entirely your choice of course.
     
  11. aledromo

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    Just the vehicle parts so far. It so happens that I failed to adequately mask the robot bits underneath and as happy accident would have it they now have a lovely silver-brushed-blue look. I may leave it. In fact, I'm only upset about the parts where the masking worked as intended.

    I didn't prime anything. That was one of the things I thought sprays would obviate. However, there are some areas where a few drops from a light stream stand out on the overall finish. Not bubbles, but thin raised bits. Most notable on the roof. Not sure a primer base would have helped.

    He is indeed the Sidearm Sideswipe mold. It wasn't until I started this that I realized that the flames on the front are actually a nice callback to the most famous Corvette autobot. I'm going to pick up some Reprolabels and scalpel them to fit and move with the hood details.
     
  12. KnightHawkke

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    Do like the color choice, I guess the biggest question I would have off hand is did you make sure to sand down the plastic an appropriate amount around any areas where there will be parts moving over or on each other?
     
  13. aledromo

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    Not yet. Once he cures I'll transform him and check what areas need it. Then do so and touch those up.
     
  14. Satomiblood

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    It's recommended that you prime, even if you're using sprays.
     
  15. aledromo

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    Has anyone got a photo of a properly primed piece? Prior to base coating? I wonder how it's supposed to look. Also, what's the benefit? I worry about the extra thickness it will add.
     
  16. Satomiblood

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    Layers of paint adhere much better to a primed surface. It just gives the paint more tooth. I've no experience with Rustoleum, but Krylon Fusion (made for plastics) bonds with the surface to promote better adhesion, which is why the can says "No Priming Necessary."

    However, as a rule of thumb, it's better to prime regardless. Like I said, it makes it easier for subsequent layers of paint to stick. You don't need to apply too many coats of primer, as 1 or 2 are typically adequate depending on how well and consistently the surfaces have been covered.
     
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    Wow. You can paint colors onto that?
     
  19. Satomiblood

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    Yes, they sell in lighter shades as well if you plan on using lighter colors.
     
  20. Algernon

    Algernon Radicon Acolyte

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    This is looking good so far.
     

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