Get the Flat Look
I’m painting a Pro-Line Raptor body, and I want the parts that are black plastic on the real
truck to have the same matte look. Is there such a thing as “flat” colors for Lexan?
Peel the overspray film o ; anything you want to be “flat,” then spray
with color (or flat clear, if you did all your painting on the inside).
Remove the rest of the film to reveal a flat look with sharp edges.
;e di;erence in finishes adds realism
and is perfect for grilles, fenders, flares,
window moldings, and bed covers.
When I twist the turnbuckles on my truck to set camber or
toe-in, the ball cups just pop o; the ball studs. Is there any
way to fix this? I already tried greasing the threads.
Greasing the threads is definitely your first move if we’re
talking about a tight fit between the turnbuckle and ball
cups on a freshly built car. If you’ve got ball cups that have
seen lots of action, they may be popping o; because
they’ve stretched and gotten loose—in that case, replace
them. More on that in a minute. To free up the fit between
the threads on the turnbuckles and the ball cups’ shanks,
first remove the camber links and tie rods. Next, thread the
turnbuckle all the way to the bottom of the shank and all
the way back out. Regrease and repeat. ;is will thoroughly form and lube the threads in the shanks, and should
fix your pop-o; problem. Get yourself a ball-cup driver to
make all that wrenching easier.
;e other fix is to replace the ball cups and ball studs
with rod ends, which are installed and removed with a
screw rather than popping them on and o;. Traxxas makes
nice ones to fit metric hardware (as used on Traxxas
vehicles), and RPM and Pro-Line each o;er their own
replacements for the Traxxas parts (note, the RPM rod
ends do not include balls). For cars and trucks with 4-40
hardware, Du-Bro has what you need.
Great Planes’ 4-In-1 Installation Tool
is very handy for installing ball cups
and rod ends. Look for it in your hobby
store’s airplane department, or look up
GPMR8035 online. It’s less than $5.
Instead of popping on and o ;, a rod end is secured by a screw that
passes through it. ;is set is from Pro-Line for the Traxxas Slash, but
it can be adapted to other brands.
All polycarbonate paints
look flat—or satin at best—
when applied to the inside
of the body. ;e gloss
comes from the clear
plastic they are applied
to. So anything you apply
inside the body will look
glossy on the outside. To
get the flat look, paint the
parts you want to appear
matte on the outside of
the body. It’s easiest to
do this before you remove
the body’s overspray film.
Remove the film only from
the parts you want to
appear matte, then spray
away. When the paint is
dry, peel o; the rest of the
film. If you prefer to have
all your color inside the
body, you can still use
this technique by substituting clear flat paint (we
like Tamiya PS- 55) for