If you are looking for an affordable and easy way to paint your RC car body, spray paint is the answer. Here’re some ideas for how to decorate your RC car using cans of spray paint:
Get the right type of paint
The selection of spray paints is greater than you might think. If you are a beginner, it’s preferable to use a type of spray made specifically for Lexan or polycarbonate plastic. These are the materials that go into the making of an RC car body. However, once you get the hang of it, you can use ordinary spray paint or automotive paint.
Prepare the RC body
If your paint job doesn’t look good or wears off quickly, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the paint you bought wasn’t good. It might just mean that you didn’t adequately prepare your RC car body, before painting it. To prepare your RC body, you need to clean it with warm, soapy water. Also, make sure it’s dried thoroughly before applying the paint and that you don’t get oils or other substances that might ruin the paint on the surface you’re planning on decorating. Otherwise, the paint won’t stick.
Many people don’t realize this, but it’s better to scuff up the body before spraying the paint on it, especially if you’re not using a product developed for RC bodies. This way, the spray will stick better. When you get to this step, take some fine sandpaper or some steel wool and use it to gently scratch the surface you’re trying to paint. Don’t worry about the scratches; if you’re careful with the scuffing, the layers of paint will cover the scratches.
Prepare the spray paint
Read the instructions written on the spray can and shake it thoroughly before using it. Sometimes, the paint needs to be warmed up. To do this, you can either hold the can under warm running water or simply leave it in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. To flow better, the paint has to be at 70 degrees or more. Warming it up will result in thin and even layers of paint. Don’t use hot or boiling water; otherwise, you’ll end up overheating the paint. In some cases, this could make the can explode.
Test the paint first
After you’ve warmed up the paint, start spraying onto cardboard or a sheet of paper. This way, you’ll get used to the process, figure out the right amount of pressure you need to apply and avoid any sudden spurts.
Apply thin layers of paint
Now you are finally ready to start painting your RC car body. Don’t try to get a solid coat right away. Instead, spray a thin, light layer of paint on the car’s surface. Let it dry first and then add another thin coat of paint. Let it dry again and start over. Do this until you get a nice, shiny, thick coat of paint. Four or five layers should be enough.
Even though you’ll be tempted to squeeze that last drop of paint out of the can, don’t do it. The last few sprays usually come out in uneven spurts and can ruin your beautiful paint job. Instead, use these last sprays for the final touch-up, by spraying some paint into a container and using a brush to apply it.