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Testing paint colors

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Tip: I've been using a lot of candy and pearl colors lately, but sometimes it's difficult to tell exactly what the final color will look like over different bases.

I've noticed that some paint companies use a bubble shape to display their products, to give the customer a better idea what the paint will look like before it's on the car. The curved bubble shape seems to show depth and highlights better than a flat surface.

So I was thinking: what could I use for something like that?

The solution: plastic spoons!

I spray the "back" (convex) surface of the spoon with automotive primer, then spray on bases such as silver, gold, metallics, etc. Then I spray the top color coat.

Now I can choose the base coat I want without guessing, and I can label the spoons and keep them for reference.

- Steve Milbery
Via E-mail

Ken: That's a great Tip, Steve. I've seen the results of your spoon experiments. The curved surface really does pick up some terrific highlights, and shows exactly what the color will look like on a model. Thanks for taking the guesswork out of our next paint project.


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