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MODEL MAKING PROCESS- PRIME AND PAINT ( PART 3)

The day after I saw the first coat of paint being applied ( Strato Grey) the final body colour was put on just the next day and the model was ready to pick up within 36 hours. The main body paint I chose was a Toyota Pearl White. This colour contrasted well with the dark grey windows and was a colour that reflected luxury and wealth and looked good in almost any light. Through some research over the last couple of days, I had narrowed the colour choices down to a range of metallic colours such as beige gold and bronze and also a number of different shades of white. This Pearl White wasn’t something that i was able to render too well in KeyShot ( CAD program for rendering) but after seeing a new Toyota 86 on the road in pearl white I knew that was a colour that would work really well. As mentioned in the previous posts, using Adams manufacturer swatches I was able to choose out the exact Pearl White that I wanted. Pearl White is a tougher paint than most to apply because it is applied in 3 layers. These are the base colour ( very light off beige white) then the Pearl Sparkle ( in White) then the clear coat. Three layers means three layers of paint to be applied, three times the drying time making it quite a tough job to complete properly. Thankfully Adam was experienced in this area and the paint job came out really nice, really contrasting the windows well.
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The final stage of the process was to add on the 3D printed parts for the small details such as the suspension arms and head/taillights and the model was ready for presentation.   

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Model Making Process- Prime and Paint ( Part 2)

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.

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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.
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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.

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