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September 8 2015 at 4:25 PM
David Nickels  (Login djnickels)
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Response to Scale Effect Gloss/Chrome Paint For Staff Cars ?

It will depend a lot on the type of car. And, a lot of vintage cars have polished metal parts versus chrome. So you want to make sure you are depicting the right material to start with.

For something like Hitler's car, you would want a pretty clean, glossy finish. The car would be well maintained and in tip top shape. That doesn't mean you can't apply some light weathering to the wheels and chassis, which will make it look more realistic.

For a field car, I would go with a satin finish. Or, start with gloss, and tone it down slowly with some clear overcoats on the top, leaving more gloss on the sides. This will give a good faded finish look. Again, weathering will tone down gloss. I finished the Bronco Fiat Topolino (Blog on Track Link) this way with a faded satin finish.

Chrome or polished metal can be done with Alclad II airbrush lacquer. Its very durable and can be very bright, if you desire. Even the Alclad Chrome, which is their brightest shade, looks better than the toylike chrome you see in most car kits. Polished Aluminum is good too, and they make many other metallic shades useful for cars.

Don't forget to tone down the glass with a light layer of dust on field cars

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