Advice on painting white wall tires

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Advice on painting white wall tires

Joined: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

April 22nd, 2012, 11:05 pm #1

Normally an aircraft guy, I've recently grown quite fond of old 1/32 scale classic cars. Compared to aircraft kits from the same period, there are some pretty well moulded kits!

A lot of those old kits feature rubber tires, which in all the kits I've bought during the last year or so, have survived remarkably well, despite being 40-50 years old.

Some of the subjects require white wall tires, and this is my question: What is the best paint to use for this? Prime with Future so it doesn't flake or attack the rubber? Any experience shared is much appreciated.

Did try Google, but only found links to doing it 1/1 scale.



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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

April 23rd, 2012, 1:38 pm #2

I always had good luck painting the bare tire with a good brushable acrylic paint. Poly Scale white was good. Enamels usually stay gummy/tacky and don't dry.
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Joined: April 20th, 2008, 5:22 am

April 24th, 2012, 3:13 am #3

Get a circle template and determine the correct diameter.Hold the template firmly against the tire then airbrush acrylic flat white (I use Tamiya) works great.I used the above method on this '58 Caddy! [/IMG]
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Joined: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

April 24th, 2012, 4:22 am #4

Normally an aircraft guy, I've recently grown quite fond of old 1/32 scale classic cars. Compared to aircraft kits from the same period, there are some pretty well moulded kits!

A lot of those old kits feature rubber tires, which in all the kits I've bought during the last year or so, have survived remarkably well, despite being 40-50 years old.

Some of the subjects require white wall tires, and this is my question: What is the best paint to use for this? Prime with Future so it doesn't flake or attack the rubber? Any experience shared is much appreciated.

Did try Google, but only found links to doing it 1/1 scale.



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I'll stay away from enamels and give Tamiya acrillic a shot as Poly Scale is not available in my part of the world.

Nice Caddy, Philo!
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Joined: April 20th, 2008, 5:22 am

April 24th, 2012, 11:21 am #5

Thanks!
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

April 24th, 2012, 12:58 pm #6

I'll stay away from enamels and give Tamiya acrillic a shot as Poly Scale is not available in my part of the world.

Nice Caddy, Philo!
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Tamiya paint will be great for airbrushing. It will not hand paint at all so its worthless if you want to try it that way. You could also use Humbrol acrylic, Revell acrylic, Italeri acrylic etc.
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