Make it shiny...check!

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Make it shiny...check!

Post by having_wandered » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:01 am

Still a work in progress. The covering is adhesive backed copper foil.

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Thinking of adding flames, also still need to paint the arrow on the top.


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Post by chromegsx » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:15 am

aaahhhh! I can't see! You blinded me. You should have warned me in the title. :lol:

Neat. looks kinda like a gold leaf like product but sounds easier to apply. What's its product name and where do you find it?



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Post by FatSebastian » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:55 am

having_wandered wrote:The covering is adhesive backed copper foil.
Great idea! We once had a car so thin, some of the boys accused us of having it made out of metal instead of wood. This type of covering would have only reinforced their suspicions.



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Post by having_wandered » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:17 am

Bare-Metal made by Bare Metal Foil Co. out of Farmington. Got it at my local hobby store while I was looking at paint. Something about it grabbed my eye... :-)

It came in a 6x11 sheet. I've put a clear topcoat on it to keep the edges from getting peeled up. Definitely a new challenge to work with especially on the complex curves.


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Post by Noskills » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:25 pm

I see you cover the whole car up to the slots. Did you ask about this being considered a bushing in a previous thread? I guess you decided its not. Was it hard to cover the slots without making a sharp edge anywhere?
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Post by having_wandered » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:33 pm

Noskills wrote:I see you cover the whole car up to the slots. Did you ask about this being considered a bushing in a previous thread? I guess you decided its not. Was it hard to cover the slots without making a sharp edge anywhere?
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Thanks!

I ended up spraying a couple coats of clear gloss coat laquer over it, so if the wheel rubs, it is going to rub against a laquer finish, not the metal. So that pretty much eliminated the issue.

The foil is very thin and easily indents so it formed nicely around the slots. I knocked down some of the wrinkles by rolling my xacto knife handle over them, and took care of some with fine sandpaper. I polished the entire car then wiped it down with alcohol before spraying on the clear coat. The edges that were unavoidable were smoothed over by the gloss coat.

I've cut out the slots so they are fully open for inspection, although we don't require the slots.


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Post by Mr. Steve 316 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:42 am

That looks great and it sounds like you worked out the installation process. We tried in the past to use some of these spray metal paints that are out now. We had some mixed results, like clear coating dulled and darkened the color. Also sanding it completely destroyed the shine. But, it worked great for painting tire rims since it completely covered with one coat and no clear coating or sanding was called for. We didn't try every type on the market, some may work better than others. Nice looking car!


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