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Old 06-28-2020, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Flat paint on a Lexan body.

Never did a custom paint job on the inside of the clear Lexan body. I'd like to do a flat black but by default doesn't the overall appearance come out glossy due to the outside of the Lexan?
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:31 AM   #2
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Best thing to do is paint the inside first, using whatever colors (starting with 'darker' colors, and working your way to 'lighter' colors) you want to appear "glossy". Then, using an X-Acto knife, carefully cut the protective film on the outside (being as careful as possible to only cut through the film, and NOT cutting into the Lexan) around the area you want to be "flat", peel away the film from those areas, and then spray your flat color. When removing the protective film production to spraying the flat color, be EXTRA careful, so as to NOT peel away the film from anyplace other than what's supposed to be "flat". Once the paint has completely dried (1-2 days is what I usually give), remove the remainder of the protective film. The end-result is a body that has "glossy", as well as "flat", areas.


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Old 06-28-2020, 08:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: Flat paint on a Lexan body.

would it be possible to scotchbrite the lexan from the outside (or very fine sandpaper, actually), to keep the color inside and the matte finish on the outside?
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Default Re: Flat paint on a Lexan body.

Tamiya PS-55 is your friend.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:34 AM   #5
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would it be possible to scotchbrite the lexan from the outside (or very fine sandpaper, actually), to keep the color inside and the matte finish on the outside?
Just be sure to mask off your window areas before you scuff it. You can go that route yes. As mentioned.. PS-55 ( matte clear) is always good to have on hand when doing any weathered project... whether you wind up using it or not, you have the option. Plus it works well for knocking down the sheen on accessories.
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PS 55 will work well on the outside..... This was painted a bit back, as you can see from current shot, it has survived well






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Old 06-28-2020, 11:39 AM   #7
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Default Re: Flat paint on a Lexan body.

I am a huge fan of Tamiya PS-55 matte clear spray cans...

My silver TRX-4 Defender is now matte-coated all over with a white roof, removed all the body trim pieces and masked my windows with liquid mask before spraying it down.

The silver is now an awesome pewter color:



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Default Re: Flat paint on a Lexan body.

So PS55 is sprayed on the outside after the matte color is sprayed on the inside?
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So PS55 is sprayed on the outside after the matte color is sprayed on the inside?
Yes. But there's no need to use matte on the inside if going this route. The shine of the lexan is going to make any satin or matte look like gloss. Use whatever color you want on the inside then hit it with the PS55 on the exterior. Fwiw ( at least for me) the PS55 goes quick.
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Default Re: Flat paint on a Lexan body.

Watch the first couple of minutes of this video. He paints the Jeep body inside then moves the window masks to the outside, masks the top and paints the matt black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALgPkTWoB-I&t=175s
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