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Window Tint Techniques and Products
Topic Started: Sep 12 2017, 09:39 AM (459 Views)
CarreraRSR
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Request for assistance finding a good method for tinting clear plastic windows for customizing models. I am having problems tinting the flat racing wind screen on my 1/64 scale racing Porsche 914-6 custom project. Two methods have been used successfully to accurately replicate the correct size and shape of the racing wind screens for use to replace the windshields on Kyosho Porsche 914 base models. Correctly shaped sections were sourced from various clear plastic packaging and others were molded from flat pieces of clear plastic using rather difficult heating methods around shaped wooden blocks.

The racing wind screens on actual Porsche 914 race cars feature dark green tint. I have tried using various green Sharpies and green paint on the insides of clear plastic that produce poor uneven results. I would really appreciate any suggestions for techniques and/or products to successfully tint clear plastic windows on models.

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Dean-o-mite
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Sorry I can't help; I opened the topic thinking I might be enlightened on how to do it!
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Z28HO
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Tamiya makes a transparent smoke, green, blue and red in acrylic. For a dark green tint I would use the smoke with a drop of green to change the the smoke to a dark green. The smoke is a dark gray tending to lean towards the brown side.
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toyotageek
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If you have extra clear plastic, try experimenting with some dyes, or maybe even tea?

I'm thinking that soaking the plastic will give a better more even coverage than brushing or spraying.
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Z28HO
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There was a craze back in the '90s where it was popular to dye HW but even dying can give uneven results and once dyed its permanent. Can't strip and redo. Brushing is hard to get even. Sptaying isn't that hard, biggest problem is just say you can do it and practice.
When you say you can't do it, your right as you have already convinced yourself.
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funeralxempire
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Z28HO
Sep 13 2017, 09:40 AM
There was a craze back in the '90s where it was popular to dye HW but even dying can give uneven results and once dyed its permanent. Can't strip and redo. Brushing is hard to get even. Sptaying isn't that hard, biggest problem is just say you can do it and practice.
When you say you can't do it, your right as you have already convinced yourself.
Wouldn't the hot water cause the windows to melt if they go in with the body? The salt will rust the axles if the car isn't disassembled first.
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toyotageek
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How about visit a glass shop or tint shop and ask real nice if they have any scrap pieces of tint material?
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Ripa
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Here we have products for tinting rear lights in automotive stores. They are transparent spray paints and are available in red, orange, green, blue and black. They should work in modeling too. They are easy to use and can be stripped off with a special product in the same product line that doesn't damage the surface.
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1967stang
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Try Joannes fabric. They have transparent hobby paints there as well as fabrics.
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1967stang
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Try Joannes fabric. They have transparent hobby paints there as well as fabrics.
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1967stang
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They also have clear colored plastic sheets I think.
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Sep 13 2017, 03:49 PM
Z28HO
Sep 13 2017, 09:40 AM
There was a craze back in the '90s where it was popular to dye HW but even dying can give uneven results and once dyed its permanent. Can't strip and redo. Brushing is hard to get even. Sptaying isn't that hard, biggest problem is just say you can do it and practice.
When you say you can't do it, your right as you have already convinced yourself.
Wouldn't the hot water cause the windows to melt if they go in with the body? The salt will rust the axles if the car isn't disassembled first.
Rit dye,after being prepared with boiling water,should be allowed to cool.At this point the clear plastic parts can be immersed.This cold dye process will take quite a bit of time,but can be checked every few hours (or even days) to check for the correct color intensity.Rinse the plastic to check.It can then be judged as done,or if it goes back in for more time. Rit has many versions of each color,and they can also be intermixed.
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funeralxempire
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Oct 2 2017, 08:39 AM
funeralxempire
Sep 13 2017, 03:49 PM
Z28HO
Sep 13 2017, 09:40 AM
There was a craze back in the '90s where it was popular to dye HW but even dying can give uneven results and once dyed its permanent. Can't strip and redo. Brushing is hard to get even. Sptaying isn't that hard, biggest problem is just say you can do it and practice.
When you say you can't do it, your right as you have already convinced yourself.
Wouldn't the hot water cause the windows to melt if they go in with the body? The salt will rust the axles if the car isn't disassembled first.
Rit dye,after being prepared with boiling water,should be allowed to cool.At this point the clear plastic parts can be immersed.This cold dye process will take quite a bit of time,but can be checked every few hours (or even days) to check for the correct color intensity.Rinse the plastic to check.It can then be judged as done,or if it goes back in for more time. Rit has many versions of each color,and they can also be intermixed.
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Hosspower98
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I had good luck with Testor's Candy Enamel spray paint. Be sure it is the transparent type of paint. It is available at Hobby Lobby and I would imagine other hobby/craft outlets.

After disassembly, I masked off the outside surface. Then I layered several coats of candy green until I got the tone I was looking to achieve.


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You are welcome.
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CarreraRS can you post an image (or link to) of the 1:1 window you want to replicate.
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