Painting Effects With Spraycans

Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by Rocket Bo » Fri, 17 Jul 1998 04:00:00



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...

Ed Yuhas
TRA #5893, L1

 
 
 

Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by Des Bromilo » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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...

> Ed Yuhas
> TRA #5893, L1

I do this from time to time using spray cans.
I hold the body at an angle from the spray path.

OK to try and explain.....
to get a good EVEN paint job you hold the rocket vertical (just say) and
then hold the can approx 12" (300mm) from the body (read instructions to
be sure) and then spray whilst moving the can up and down an EQUAL
distance from the  rocket over the entire body length.

To fade from one colour to the next...

Hold the rocket about 15-30 degrees off vertical with the brighter end
closet to you (viz if the nose is to be blue then fading down to yellow,
the nose is closer to you when you're doing blue, the tail when doing
yellow)
then paint as before BUT keep the can vertical. You can stop spraying
about 3/4 the way dow the length if you want.
ALWAYS paint in one "stroke" direction. ie don't hold the top down and
move your hand up and down, JUST up or JUST down. the change in
direction slows the can enough for the spray to accumulate and get
thick. I always paint with the strokes going from heaviest colour to
lightest.
Do light coats so you can slowly work up to your desired effect.

Des Bromilow
QRA
Brisbane
Australia

 
 
 

Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by The Silent Observe » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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
clear-coat.

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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Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by Greg Deput » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Another method that I have had good luck with is to hold a piece of
cardboard in front of the rocket, using it as a 'mask'.  The clioser to the
rocket, the faster the gradient.  The farther away, the slower.  Avoid doing
this in the wind..

Greg Deputy
TRA#2911

 
 
 

Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by Steven Roger » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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...

I did a broadsword with red blended into black like the "stock" picture.
It turned out pretty well just using spray cans.  The trick is to paint
the light color OVER the dark one.  It won't work the other way around.
The main thing I've found that helps spraycan finishes is to give the
rocket as many coats of red oxide primer as you can stand.  Sand the
primer
a little, and you'll get a nice finish.

Steve

 
 
 

Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by Darrell D. Moble » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


http://www.mindspring.com/~ddmobley/Bs.jpg

I built an EZ-I that uses a square block faded pattern (very complex to layout!) where I
did the light colors and then went to dark.  The secret is clear.  You can blend and
smooth a lot of the roughness in a fade job with the clear.  
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Painting Effects With Spraycans

Post by PnmaFlo » Tue, 04 Aug 1998 04:00:00


I did a "low earth orbit" camo when I rebuilt my old Estes Interceptor (no
decals yet when I 1st went BAR..), Grey primer (remains on underside) under
blue, brown (fade it like an old WW2 plastic kit, light color last), and white
streaks (cloud) on top. I used several sheets of cardboard (the thin stuff from
a shirt box is best) with the edges trimmed to the shape I desired. Warm the
can with warm (not hot!) water to get a thinner spray, and experiment against a
s***to determine how far from the object you need to hold it. My white cloud
streaks were done by cutting a hole matching cirrus I'd seen on NASA pics from
on orbit. you can make other shapes as well...once you figure out the right
distance from the object, you'll be suprised by what you can do.
-PF