Paint your wagon (part 2)

You’ve got a toy car. It’s a NASCAR slot car painted up as one driver, but you want to paint it up as another and go racing around the track. Want to know how? OK…

In part on (here: you’ll find a little explanation of who makes what in terms of slot racing NASCARs. Once you’ve got your hands on one, no matter which manufacturer’s model you want to run, you have to disassemble it completely. That means unscrewing the body from the chassis, then going over the whole body and trimming the plastic solder that holds all the pieces in place before gently snapping the windows out.

You’ll end up with something like this.


The next step is to clean off the existing livery. Usually it’s a combination of paint and tampo-printed decals sealed under the kind of lacquer designed to stand up to repeated and sustained impacts with the skirting board.

This stuff is as hard as nails, so to start getting it shifted you need to put the body into an air-tight container that you’ve filled with methylated spirit, like so:


Leave it brewing overnight…


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