STEP 2: WASH THE BODY
A little dish soap and warm water is all you
need. The goal is to remove any fingerprints,
dust, oils or other badness from the inside of
the shell so nothing interferes with the paint.
Rinse the body thoroughly and then dry it
completely. Make sure you get the little
droplets of water out of window lines and
other tight spots, and use a lint-free towel so
all that’s left behind is crystal-clear Lexan.
A little dish soap is all you need
to clean the body. (You might
consider washing a dish or two
while you’re at it.)
STEP 3: APPLY
THE WINDOW MASKS
Peel and stick, but take your time. To align the
side windows more easily, start at the “point” of
the window. When all the masks are stuck
down, use your thumbnail or the edge of a
credit card to rub the edges down completely.
You can see the adhesive squish against the
Lexan from the reverse side, so it’s easy to see
when you have a good seal.
Be sure to fully seal the edges of the window
masks so paint won’t bleed underneath. Use your
fingernail or a credit card to rub the edges down.
STEP 4: CREATE
WITH A MARKER
Before you commit to tape,
you can try out your design
ideas by sketching on the
body with a permanent
marker (I like Sharpies).
You can remove the ink
lines with denatured alcohol
if you need to make
Sketch your design
with a Sharpie before
you start masking.
STEP 5: MASK OFF THE AREAS THAT WILL BE
PAINTED THE LIGHTEST COLOR
To create a two-color design, we have to mask off the areas we want to leave unpainted while the first color is applied. For the boldest look, a dark color and light color work
best, but a dark color will show through a light color. For that reason, you should
always spray the darker
color first. Keep that in mind
as you mask off your
design. You can use any
masking tape, but I prefer
Parma Fas Tape because it
leaves a nice, crisp edge. If
you can, avoid deep curves,
since these areas tend to
cause the tape to wrinkle,
We’ll keep it simple and that will allow the paint
with a broad center
stripe and side panels. to bleed underneath.
Nearly all bodies now include overspray film,
a thin plastic covering that lets you peel away
any overspray that lands on the outside of the
body. You can also use the overspray film as a
mask, as we have to paint the roll cage area.
Just cut the film with a hobby knife and peel
it away. Spray your color, and don’t freak out
when the paint job looks ruined. When you
peel away the film, you’ll have crisp lines. One
warning: the paint will be exposed to crash
damage, but if you’re painting an area black
like we are, a Sharpie can easily touch it up.
Trim the film and peel it away.
Peel off the
film, and it