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NuclearRain

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I bid on a Tamiya 1/48 F-84G "Thunderbirds" kit a few days ago (And got it for a good price, with Eduard canopy masking included! [biggrin]) and it will be arriving within the next couple of days. Every exterior part is coated in a metallic finish (From the pictures, the coating looks well enough to keep, I believe) and I'm wondering if I can paint right over the finish; I recently purchased an airbrush, so this will be my first time getting to try that out as well. Can primer go right over the metallic finish on the areas that need it?

For those interested, the paint scheme will be that of the Skyblazers. Though the majority of their F-84s used were the E variant, many included the reinforced canopy. Some reference pictures vary.


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Edit: I had hoped to be able to do some pre-shading on this, but I now believe there would be too much difference between the painted parts and the metal finish. So with that said, I'll leave pre-shading to whatever the build after this one will be.

And with a quick look at some build threads, it seems I can simply paint over the finish. Problem solved, I suppose. [rolleyes]

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Just to confirm (I actually know this one. lol) yes you can paint over a metallic finish assuming it's a lacquer-based paint. An acrylic primer will go over the top no worries.
I posted a very informative link on Alclad paints here:
http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/article-on-aclad-paints-7210987?pid=1285443193#post1285443193
It's a great read on the structure of different types of paints and how they interact. A must read, I reckon. [smile]

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Thanks for the link, Simon. The kit came in this morning, and I was having my doubts, but the finish on the F-84 is gorgeous. Looks fresh out of the hobby store.

And the Eduard canopy mask will for sure get me through hell.. lol

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I thought you wanted to know about actual plated parts lol. A metallic painted surface should be fine, but if it was chrome plated then no, you'd need to remove it before you could do anything with it. I have found that only gloss enamels usually stick to chrome plating and if the plating is smooth enough even then the paint will chip off easily.

If you ever need to remove chrome plating just use the old Liquid Plumber trick.  [smile]

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