The next day I popped back to Hi-Gloss Bodyworks to see how Adam was doing with my model. He had finished the primer layers then night before, let it dry and then applied a coat of the window paint, “Strato Grey”. This paint looked really nice, had a dark metallic grey colour which really worked well against the Pearl White swatch. The model, being made from Renshape ( A chemical Wood) was unable to baked due to it being part wood. This meant that drying times took a bit longer than expected. Luckily though the Strato Grey was a easy paint to apply compared to the later coat which was in Pearl White ( 3 Individual Layers of paint) . The model began to really look like it was coming to completion here and I was really happy with the progress. The only issue I saw was a join that hadn’t been quite covered up by the primer and had still come through in the paint near, part of the front recessed area for the headlight. This goes to show how hard it is to smooth out joins before primer, no matter how much bog or putty you put to fill up the gap. Luckily this join was going to be hidden by a 3D printed headlight so it was not a big issue.
The next step was masking off the grey paint to ready the model for putting on the main body colour, Pearl White. Watching Adam apply the blue masking tape you could see that there was a real art in masking off the curves to the exact radius’s and angles that you had on your model. He completed the roof section first and then moved onto the side windows.
The windows were the tougher bit to mask off with sections that were obscured by other parts of the wheel hub making them hard to mask accurately. Watching Adam apply the tape though, none of these sections seemed to bother him in the slightest. Within half an hour the model was masked up and the masking tape was being applied readying it for Pearl White paint.