Painting rc car bodies

Painting an RC car body can be a fun and creative process that allows you to personalize your vehicle. Here’s a basic guide on how to paint an RC car body:

Materials Needed:

  1. RC car body
  2. Lexan-compatible spray paint (often labeled specifically for RC car bodies)
  3. Body scissors or hobby knife
  4. Body reamer or drill with a small bit
  5. Masking tape
  6. Window masks (if applicable)
  7. Decals or stickers (optional)
  8. Protective gloves and mask


  1. Prepare the Body: Start by washing the inside of the body with soap and water to remove any dirt, dust, or oils. Once clean, dry the body thoroughly.
  2. Trim the Body: Use body scissors or a hobby knife to carefully trim the body along the lines provided. This will ensure that the body fits the chassis properly and allows for clearance of the wheels and other components.
  3. Mask Off Areas: If you want to preserve certain areas from being painted, use masking tape to cover those sections. For example, you might want to mask off windows, grilles, or other details. If the body includes window masks, apply these to protect the clear areas.
  4. Prepare for Painting: Find a well-ventilated area and lay down a drop cloth or newspaper to protect the surface. Wear protective gloves and a mask to avoid inhaling paint fumes.
  5. Apply the Paint: Shake the spray paint can according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Hold the can about 6 to 8 inches away from the body and spray in even, light coats. Start with a light mist to create a base, and then apply additional coats as needed to achieve the desired color intensity. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.
  6. Add Details: If you’re using decals or stickers, apply them to the body after the paint has dried completely. Follow the instructions provided with the decals for best results.
  7. Finish and Mounting: Once the paint and any decals have dried, remove any masking tape and window masks. Use a body reamer or a small drill bit to create holes for the body posts and any other necessary mounting points.
  8. Final Touches: Check for any imperfections or areas that need touch-ups. Once you’re satisfied with the paint job, you can mount the body onto your RC car and enjoy your custom creation.

By following these steps and taking your time during the painting process, you can achieve a professional-looking paint job for your RC car body. Remember to follow the specific instructions provided with the paint and any additional accessories for the best results.

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