> Hello all....
> Just wondering....is there any easy way to get good fading into another
> color using those dreaded spraycans?? Can you buy special nozzles that will
> feather the colors? Or am I forced to learn how to use an airbrush at this
> point ?? Thanks in advance...
Ask some of the locals around Seattle about my spray-can fades. I've
done (to date) two Spikes with identical rainbow fades from violet
through blue, green, yellow, fade-orange, and red; I've also done a Thug
with a red-to-black and a Fat Fat Boy (six fins and six motor mounts)
with a yellow-red-black fad. Yes, I own an airbrush, but all my fades
were done with spray cans.
What I've found to be the key is to have all the cans set out in a row,
preshaken and with the lids off, and have your rocket on a stick for
handling and ready to paint. Shoot the lightest color first -- in my
case, the yellow, which didn't like to cover stuff (took about six coats
to cover white primer!) and then work out from there. Work fast, so you
can spray wet into wet to allow the best blending of the overspray
(which is where the fades take place), and don't be afraid to come back
and respray a color that got blotched or where you covered up too much.
Sometimes it helps to respray a lighter color, as the transparency will
help the fade blend better. It's important to use proper spraying
technique as much as possible, in terms of starting and stopping the
spray off the rocket; this cuts down on blobbing of contrasting paint
far from the fade zone.
Once it's all done, spray at least one coat of clear, and then put the
rocket aside to let it all dry before you add decals and the final
NOTE!! The above instructions work for me with Fred Meyer enamel spray
paints -- which are fast drying and very tolerant of recoating at any
time. Paints that skin over, but dry slowly, or that tend to wrinkle or
lift are probably not suitable for this technique.
BTW, yes, you can buy special nozzles for paint cans -- American Science
and Surplus used to carry them -- but I've never used one.
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