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FROM THE February 2010 ISSUE

Undercoating

Tip: A popular option on the cars that were driven during the 1950s-1970s was undercoating. I always do my street machines with a chassis-and-fenderwell undercoat. It’s simple, really:

After putting the chassis together, including the front and rear suspensions, I paint the entire chassis with Scale Motorsports Faux Fabrix spray. This gives it a typical undercoat wrinkle appearance.

Then I paint the chassis in various shades of black and dark gray, depending on how the car is used (brand-new, daily driver, etc.)  I do not add mufflers and tailpipes until after the chassis is ‘undercoated’.

This will give a nice appearance to the chassis of a daily driver. I recently found that Model Master (Testor) also has a spray that will probably work: 28153 Black Vinyl Top Texture Coat. Haven’t tried it yet, but I will.

Larry Davis
Canton, Ohio

            
Ken: Good one, Larry. Texture is as important as color when finishing a vintage street car.  

In addition to the types of covering you’ve suggested, the local craft store is a good place to pick up a variety of aerosol texture paints that would work well, too.  

One favorite of ours is Rust-Oleum’s American Accents - Terra Cotta, which produces a fine texture and can be easily colored when dry. Undercoating adds an important detail that can be easily overlooked.

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