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When it comes to painting a lexan body it can be hit or miss for me. The Proline Dodge Ramcharger was the last lexan body I painted; overall I think it tuned out good for a few reasons. First off, the main body is only one color, doing one solid color is a lot easier then doing a two tone. Two tone paint jobs are awesome but there is a lot of extra work that comes along with it like taping off the inside and measuring each side so the paint scheme is even. Secondly, I used some vinyl for the bumpers and trim and was thrilled at how well it turned out. Lastly, after years of experimenting I think I have found the perfect setting on my little heater to help with the curing of the fresh paint while its cold out.


So, when I picked up a Vaterra K5 Chevy Blazer body off a buddy of mine my confidence was at an all time high for lexan painting. The K5 body is in great shape other then an extra set of body holes so it could have fit on a different rig. Normally I wouldn’t have picked it up, but the price was right, and the Vaterra Suburban body is smaller than I would like. Plus, I have been looking to do a body swap on that rig any way. Picking colors for a new body usually takes me a few days of research before I make a final decision. Thank you to the crew over at Horizon Hobby for hooking us up with some of their DuraTrax paint. The colors I chose were, Gunmetal, Basic Black and Bright White to back the other colors.

Other then a few tiny bleeds, from cheap painter’s tape and blemishes, the two-tone paint job came out decent. Since I will be vinyl trimming the K5 Blazer those imperfections should be well hid and unseen. The rest of the K5 should be completed over the weekend and I will have an update for everyone in next week’s Everybody’s Scalin’. Now that our Ascender is getting a body makeover, I wonder what else we should throw at it? I am open to suggestions and curious to what everyone will recommend.

Hope everyone has a good weekend and make the best of it with lots of RC and family time. I will say, I have been seeing more people constructing courses and tracks in their back yards. To everyone working on a back-yard course this weekend post-up your build pics on our BigSquidRC Facebook Group page! Till next time, Keep Scalin’!

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Posted by in Everybody's Scalin' on Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 12:57 pm