Pro results, no skill required WORDS PETER VIEIRA PHOTOS HOPE McCALL & PETE HALL
Today’s RTR trucks look like they have pro paint
jobs. The only trouble is, your buddy’s RTR has exactly the
same look! If you want to separate your ride from the
crowd, or you simply thrashed out your old body, the easiest and cheapest way to give your car or truck a makeover
is to paint up a new shell. With today’s bodies and accessories, it’s easier than ever to get professional results with
little effort and no real skill required. Here’s how to paint a
two-color design in one afternoon.
BODY AND PAINT BASICS
For those of you totally new to RC, allow me to blow your mind: RC bodies are
painted on the inside! Even though the paint usually dries with a matte finish, the
shiny, clear Lexan gives it a glossy look on the outside. Special polycarbonate
paints are used for RC work, and the paints are formulated to bond with the
plastic—regular spray enamel paint will just chip off. Tamiya and Pactra make
excellent polycarbonate paints in
spray cans, and Parma’s Faskolor
paint line is the gold standard for
airbrushing bodies. Since we’re
keeping it simple for this article,
we’ll stick with spray cans.
Pactra and Tamiya offer
specially formulated polycarbonate paint in cans.
STEP 1: MARK THE BODY POST
If your new body is designed specifically for your vehicle, it should have molded-in dimples for the body
posts. Still, it’s a good idea to double-check the post
locations by placing the shell over the chassis and lining everything up. If the posts fit the dimples, you’re
golden. If they don’t, use a Sharpie to mark the correct
post locations. The Sharpie is key; any other marker
will wash off in the next step.
Use a permanent marker (we like Sharpies) to mark the
body post locations.