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Old 01-18-2020, 10:10 PM   #1
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My friend is doing a Ambush body for his SCX10 II. He wants an orange color as below (PS-7 is what he's got).
Would black, silver or white be the proper backer to back for a competition orange that pops??

My own go to is Indy Silver backer. Used that backer color for 15 years. Not sure if its right for a comp orange?
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:11 PM   #2
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White will make it the brightest.


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Old 01-19-2020, 08:04 AM   #3
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White or yellow will make it brighter.
Silver is more of a blocker, or sparkle with translucent paints. Silver behind Candy Orange explodes!


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Old 01-19-2020, 10:54 AM   #4
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Yes, I use silver behind my metallics for great pop. I paint with metallics & silver backer 99% of the time. But I have not done any non metallic with a different backer color, so no recommendation for my friend.
White is getting top choice so far on this non metallic color.
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:14 AM   #5
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White can sometimes make the color lighter by a large margin. I'd do some test panels. Have you used Createx before? They have some great sealers that can be used as a backer. You can custom mix a sealer color close to the top layer and that will keep the color true. As noted, candy colors backed with silver (or gold depending on what you're looking for) look sick. Even a candy over a pearl or metallic pops. Also Createx has what they call an "anodized" look that is essentially a candy or mixed with the Quick silver and backed with black. They make some amazing show quality colors that way. I drool when looking at some of them!
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:57 AM   #6
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I'd suggest you get some sheet, or even scrap lexan to test combos on. The yellow, orange, reds all tend to be translucent even after a few coats so you care going to get a different final product depending on your backing color.

A flat sheet of lexan can be cut up into a bunch of squares to make test chips. Way cheaper and less time consuming than any full body

Silver might show some sparkle in the end color - so bear that in mind.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:26 AM   #7
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No need to buy extra lexan, use the trimmings from your body, odd sizes and bends, writing on the top with a sharpie what you sprayed..
Shoot your orange, let cute, then strips of tape for different backer colors, you can see it all together, also different colors of backer can be used for effect.......


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No need to buy extra lexan, use the trimmings from your body, odd sizes and bends, writing on the top with a sharpie what you sprayed..
Shoot your orange, let cute, then strips of tape for different backer colors, you can see it all together, also different colors of backer can be used for effect.......


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Yup, I do this all the time. Makes your own little color swatch set. Easy to do.

You can use scrap lexan, but a 8x10 sheet of it is like $3 at a big box hardware store and I think a little easier to deal with than scraps. Especially when your taping of sections. Where the scraps come in good is if you want to see how the color changes on a curved surface based on light reflection. This is really apparent with pearls and candies.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:04 AM   #9
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I just painted a body PS-7 with Silver backing, it is just a bit darker than I had hoped for. I would have used White but the hobby shop was out of that color,my green star has expired or I would post a picture. The only drawback IMO using white for a backer is it shows too much dirt, grime and stuff under the shell.
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I just painted a body PS-7 with Silver backing, it is just a bit darker than I had hoped for. I would have used White but the hobby shop was out of that color,my green star has expired or I would post a picture. The only drawback IMO using white for a backer is it shows too much dirt, grime and stuff under the shell.


Shoot black or silver after the white, once the backer is on, you shouldnít see any difference.
One interesting note I picked up from Chris(HemiStorm) is donít look through your paint from underneath, only from above, as thatís what you normally see. Sounds stupid, but cuts paint waste if you are shooting masked designs


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