We received the following feedback regarding the article "Looking
Good: Techniques for Finishing Your Car" in Volume 11, Issue 5:
"Great article on finishing pinewood derby cars! Preparation is KEY!
Sand, fill, and sand! I also have a few things to add:
Thanks again for the speed tips! I enjoy reading your newsletter." -
I always wipe the car down with lacquer thinner before painting to
remove dust and oil from your hands (important when spray painting!)
I use Rust-Oleum "Painter's Touch" spray paint (found at Home
Depot) which has a good selection of colors, a good primer, and clear
After the first coat of primer, we always inspect and fill any areas
that we missed during the preparation work.
After the first color coat, we allow the paint to fully dry, and
then wet sand with 400-600 wet/dry paper. Then re-coat with the color.
This flattens the surface and gives the finish a mirror look! Again
wipe with lacquer thinner before painting.
I have made stickers for my son's car using pictures from the
Internet and printing on photo paper, cutting out and gluing to the
car. Works great!
I have also used "Frog Tape" or "Fine Line Tape" to mask off and
paint stripes and two tone finishes.
"One last tip - after a really good clear coat is applied, buff the
paint with a furniture polish like Pledge. Also, the shiniest paint-
clear coat-polish combination usually starts with a metallic paint.
The flakes in the paint also help distract the eye from the smaller
imperfections." - Philip Avery
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