Painting Jigs

10-28-2001, 09:15 AM
Does anyone have pics of a car body paint jig? What do you guys use to attach the car body to when you paint it? I'd guess you need something secure that the body won't fall off if you turn it upside down.

Also I hear some one mention that he hung the body upside down after painting to keep the dust off the freshly painted body. Anyone acutally do that? How do you keep the dust off?

10-28-2001, 01:18 PM
Jig wise we use a coat hanger, bent int a shape suitable to secure wyatever body you are painting, and attatched with masking tape or blu tack.
As for dust, usually once you have sprayed the body, you are safe, as modern paints dry so quickly only anything landing in the first 30 seconds is going to be a problem!
If anything, holding the body upside down asks it to fall off!:rolleyes:

10-28-2001, 02:01 PM
Made from a plain-jane coat hanger:

And here it is holding my current project, a Tamiya NSX:

So far, I've not taped the body to the rig. I just use the tension in the wire to push gently against the insides of the door panels. My NSX and my previous project, an MR2, were conveniently both mid-engined cars with large side-scoops to help hold the body in place. OTOH, I have put an S2000 body, an RX-7 body and an R32 Skyline body on the same rig, and they were reasonably secure.

As for dust, I do my spraying in a cardboard box on my porch. When I'm done with a coat, I put the lid on the box. So far, so good. Warren puts his in the microwave (not to cook) because that's the most dust-free spot in his house. My wife'd kill me if I tried that. :rolleyes:

10-28-2001, 02:31 PM
Originally posted by jay@af
My wife'd kill me if I tried that. :rolleyes:

You have a wife!!!:eek:

10-28-2001, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by Guiddy
You have a wife!!!:eek: Yes (, I do (;#post45563). :D

primera man
10-29-2001, 01:52 AM
I use the wire as Jay said but attach it with tape as i've had one fall off just after painting it !!
I also attached it to a block of wood to add a bit of weight to it.

Micowave is the place ...dont worry about the wife Jay !!!

10-29-2001, 07:32 AM
Thanks guys. I've been thinking about how I can start modeling again. My roommate is almost never home and should be traveling for work, so I'm going to ask to use his room (my desk :) ) and just close the door so the cats don't play with and eat my model compenents. :)

10-29-2001, 03:06 PM
Originally posted by G-Forces
and just close the door so the cats don't play with and eat my model compenents. :) My cats like to knock models of the desk or off the windowsill. :( They also like to sit in and bite the box lids when I have them open. :confused: Strange animals...

10-29-2001, 04:04 PM
Originally posted by jay@af
Strange animals...
Why do I have the stupid retro song suck in my head now! Thanks. :mad:

You're a strange animal...that's what I know....doo doo dododo...

05-11-2002, 03:11 PM
Try to get some 3 mm isolated wire, then just fold a standard. After using it roll it back and next time make a new one, just to fit the next model.

Here a pic of my first model standard (didn't get the chacne to do anothger model, but very soon...) here i place the standard just inside between the front and rear and sits very thight, if I push the sidethings it will sit even tighter if possible :

12-15-2002, 01:13 AM
wat color did u use and can u tell us the procedure to make the wire thingy too:flash: :alien:

12-15-2002, 04:29 AM
The color I used here was Ferrari Red from Revell sprayed with an airbrush, first and last time I ever used an airbrush... Now into Spray cans.

As for the wire, just get 1 meter ,or something like that, that is strong enough and will stay the way how you bend it underneath the body. As long as you can bend it back to fit another model it should be fine. be sure to make a good standard for it, from wire or from a box so it will stay and not fall.

Good Luck

12-15-2002, 05:36 AM
I have used wire stands in the past, at the moment I use two cassette cases (remember them, music came on the before the CD took over...). I superglued them in a T shape, so the cross piece goes inside the body and the down piece acts as a handle. It seems most car body are about the same width as a cassette case, so it's a nice tight fit.

12-15-2002, 08:14 AM
What I have used a s long as I can remember is I take an old spray can with the lid on and wad up duct tape on top and shove it up under the roof of the car body. I like using the cans because they are round and easy to turn.

12-15-2002, 08:21 AM
I use either 2l or 0.5l empty plastic coca cola bottles hilled with water ;)

12-15-2002, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by 935k3
What I have used a s long as I can remember is I take an old spray can with the lid on and wad up duct tape on top and shove it up under the roof of the car body. I like using the cans because they are round and easy to turn.


12-15-2002, 06:01 PM
I use old propellant canisters.

12-16-2002, 08:34 AM
I use a bent hanger. :sun:

05-10-2003, 11:07 PM
an old plastic cup, turned upside down..... kinda wedge the cup between the two 'doors' of the body. :) Works like a charm. Or... and old Spray Can. (After My cup was layered with Paint :))

05-10-2003, 11:34 PM
i just put some nails on a block of wood and it works pretty good

08-07-2003, 05:01 PM
But how do you guys secure the chassis? I'm building Kure Nismo GT-R, but I've just cut the chassis from the sprue tree and now I don't know to secure it!! :confused: :bloated: :D

08-07-2003, 05:17 PM
I use a old rattle can as well and bluetac the cars roof to the top.
The chassis I superglue (CA) a small plastic tube to a bit which will never show when finished on the inside and hold with a crocodile clip mount. I'll edit this post if I find a photo.

11-11-2003, 01:53 PM
This tip is like the paint can and a wad of tape trick.
I like to use a plastic 2-litre pop bottle with tape on it.
Make sure you keep the cap and put it back on the bottle.
Why you may ask?
First, the bottle is tall, makes it easy to paint from almost any angle.
Second, It is easy to handle.
Third, I can add water in the bottle to weigh it down, and make a sturdy wobble free stand when painting.
Fourth, everybody has these lying around and they donít need to be formed or bent to use.

If you can find and use bottles that are just as tall and have bigger caps on them, even better.

11-11-2003, 03:09 PM
i used some 5mm brass wire and drilled 2 holes into a 2x4 about 4 inches long and put the wire in it, bent it to the right shape, and voila!!

11-11-2003, 03:34 PM
It's the tall spray can for me too, only I use a full one as it's heavier. I like it because it's so easy to rotate it with one hand. A lot of bodies are narrow enough to just grip the sides of the can, iff not then some wadded gaffer tape or auto badge tape doest the trick. I find the Halfords cans are nice and tall and do the job nicely.

For chassis I do the same thing but just stick the chassis upside down on top of the can.

Works for me :iceslolan

11-11-2003, 03:45 PM
I use old coke bottles too, but I use the 20oz bottles, and turn them upside down. They are just a little wider than most models so there is a light pressure against the insides of the body and it holds tightly. I still double some tape to be sure it doesn't fall off. To keep it from falling over later, I'll stick in in a full toilet paper roll. I've been tossing around the idea of running a bolt up through my desk, and sliding a capless bottle over the bolt to hold it, I'm tired of my roommates complaining there's no TP. However, I'm sure they're tired of there being none........

11-11-2003, 04:28 PM
Just as FYI, Tamiya is releasing a spray work paint stand very soon. Personally, I use Tamiya tall primer spray cans with tape on it cap for bodies & chassis

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