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Tamiya- King George V. Update. by colinhubbard Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Still painting small parts, but have been limited by illness since November. Also looking for suitable motors. Have decided to use the props supplied, well two of them. Made propshafts from 1mm stainless steel and shaft tubes from 2mm O.D. brass tube. Just need to cut to length, once I have the motors. Will update again soon.

Spraying/hand painting by luckybill Seaman   Posted: 4 days ago
I was very pleased to see the texts re spraying, paints etc. I am fairly new to spraying my "Surfury" and it is taking some time. I certainly agree with all the statements on preparation, for me this divides into 2 categories. 1. Boat surface preparation. 2 Paint consistency/temperature/spraying. For 1 you cannot rush it, for as noted, gloss paint certainly shows up any imperfection so you must be dedicated to spend considerable time on this. But 2. Right or wrong, after sealing and undercoating (plus the rub down) I chose to use Humbrol enamels. There followed many weeks of spraying after getting the mix right, correcting my spraying technique, inevitable rub downs etc. I came to the conclusion that many thin coats were the norm and cleaning of the spray gun (Badger) after every use was mandatory! However, the best finish achieved was by spraying in a warm surrounding temperature. This was achieved in my garage with a small calor gas fire. I believe that this latter point is the most important of all. When the painting is complete I will post a few pictures. Thanks to everyone for their excellent, informative replies. Bill.

Spraying/hand painting by RichardSReade Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 6 days ago
Thanks Undertaker, I will try that out on some scrap wood first, in fact I will do that with any type of paint I am going to use

Spraying/hand painting by Undertaker Apprentice   Posted: 6 days ago
Smooth the existing paint down and give it two coats of water based undercoat, this will stop any reaction to any type of paint, on , so I have found

Spraying/hand painting by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
The Upol Barcote product recommended is intended for Industrial use mainly in car restoration. The spec sheet can be seen at If you are intending to use this Full PPE equipment should be worn and only use in a well ventilated area. Personally I use paintstrippers, scapers and a hot air paint stripper to clean wooden hulls back to bare wood. This allows me to see any damage caused by fuels used with IC engines. I agree its messy, takes time and is best done outside, but you do end up with a solid hull with no hidden soft spots. I agree with Jarvo's use of Clear Cote either in gloss or semi matt finish. If the air temp is much below 20 deg most rattle cans will not give a good finish and runs will be difficult to avoid.

Spraying/hand painting by colinhubbard Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Thanks Mark, I'm blessed with a wife who used to work in the automotive paint trade as a colour matcher, mixer, so she always helps me with my painting problems. But by far the most important thing to remember is preparation is key to all work. Cheers Colin.

Spraying/hand painting by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi Colin, Isolator is available in aerosol form, its about £10 from specialist paint suppliers, plus all the filler, paper, stopper, thinners and masking tape. Mark

Spraying/hand painting by colinhubbard Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Yes the answer is to use UPOL BARCOTE QUICK DRYING ISOLATOR. But costs about £26 a litre. But this will go over all types of paint and then allow you to paint without a reaction. It may be available in an aerosol. Please check it out as I find it saves hours of stropping on my old boats, my newest being about 1980, and oldest from 1918. Hope this helps, Colin.

Spraying/hand painting by RichardSReade Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 7 days ago
I am getting there, some more rubbing down then filling with model filler I will get there in the end

Spraying/hand painting by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi Boaty, the basic answer is preparation, matted down, smooth surface and clean, dust free. No shortcuts, hours of sanding and degreasing gives the pro finish. Mark

Spraying/hand painting by boaty Commander   Posted: 7 days ago
I have used Halfords acrylic when restoring an old Aerokits Fireboat. However, it was not the easiest paint to work with and only got a good finish when everything was stripped down to the bare wood. I applied sanding sealer followed by Halfords primer then built up several coats of acrylic , leaving 3 hours between coats. When finished I used rubbing compound to get a good gloss. I am sure there must be better methods of painting model boats especially vintage ones that have already had coats of paint in the past.😁

Spraying/hand painting by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Colin and Richard, the answer to the gloss finish, all of Halfords range is Acrylic, so it does not have a super gloss finish like celulose, when you are happy with the depth of colour, flat back with 1200 - 2000 paper, tacrag the surface, then over spray with a clear cote, to give the final finish Mark

Spraying/hand painting by RichardSReade Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
Thank you for the replies, I can not strip all the paint from the boat as it is impractical, but I am going to flat it back over the next few days/weeks, as it is not a job I like doing, then I will wait for the warmer weather to finish it, meanwhile I will play on the lathe and do a bit of wood turning, nothing like making shavings/wood chips to while the time away 😜

Spraying/hand painting by colinhubbard Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
I found similar problems when repairing vintage boats, I also use Ezecote and ultra fine glass cloth. But have moved away from halfords car paint as the gloss was quite poor so have changed to Plasticote high gloss which I buy from the Range. The gloss is great and drying is quite quick if temperatures stay above 15degrees c. Hope this is helpful, cheers Colin.

Spraying/hand painting by overthesea Petty Officer   Posted: 8 days ago
I have had the same problem, but to solve it, I stripped it all down and then used EzeKote and their micro fibre glass cloth. Super finish and I highly recommend it. You have to take the hull or whatever down to bare wood though or it will peel off. Will use the same method on all my modelss in future. Hopes this helps.