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Simple Paint Job: Method



Separate the layers and apply a spray base coat to both sides of each layer,


Chassis: Black


Interior: Black


Body: Colour of choice



Working from dark to light, apply 3 tones of brown acrylic paint using a fine sponge: Burnt umber/Flat Brown/Mahogany Brown


Tear the sponge to size to suit the area being painted and dab off most of the paint before applying. 


As you apply each tone it helps to start on the chassis then move directly onto the interior and finish on the body as this reduces the paint on the sponge to suit each layers requirements.


Chassis: Apply generously to the underside and wheels.


Interior: Apply moderately to the entire layer (the interior was then masked off and the nose sprayed red).


Body: Select areas of wear and tear such as wheel arches, raised edges and damaged surfaces.


Drag the sponge very lightly against the vehicles direction of travel using a virtually dry sponge. 

The machine guns were under coated black using acrylic ink.

Once you’ve weathered the body to your tastes, take a fine detail brush and trace all the recessed panel lines with medium or dark brown ink (use darker inks for darker body colours). Accuracy isn’t essential as any slight deviations from the indent help keep it looking natural. If you do slip and get ink everywhere you can quickly wipe it off with a finger!



Chassis: Nothing required on this build.


Interior: Dry brush the seats and other suitable features with your colour of choice. 

Pick out any fine recessed colour details, here the 3 ‘butterflies’ in the blower were painted red.

Head lights can be filled in using a silver Sharpie (there were a couple mounted under the bonnet on this model).


Body: Now’s the time to choose a couple of decals to fit the theme of the build and provide areas of complementary colour and visual contrast. Nail art transfers, temporary tattoos and railway decal sets offer a world of options. The decals here are from the AutoKill range.

When you’re done, hit the body with a light coat of matt varnish to secure the decals against further handling.




Highlight all ‘metal’ areas by dry-brushing with a dark metallic silver acrylic paint using a medium flat brush.

Be sure to catch all raised edges and detail. Use light coats and small brushes for recessed areas and very fine details.


Chassis: Apply to the underside, wheel spikes and alloys. Once complete give the tyres a coat of black acrylic ink.


Interior: The main metal details here were the blower, engine and headers which were given several passes. The bonnet and grill were given a lighter touch (and the alloy on the spare in the back).


Body: Apply a very light dry-brushing all over the body concentrating on the areas of wear. The brush will naturally catch raised areas of panelling creating the effect of paint wearing off of exposed and vulnerable parts of the vehicle. The machine guns were given a once over to make them pop too.

Now you can assemble the layers and hit the streets. 0 to painted in 60 mins.

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