How to Paint Leopard Print on RC Cars

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How to Paint Leopard Print on RC Cars
A leopard-print body is a great way to sprice up your vehicle's looks. (rc-modellautor image by andreas from

If you're interested in a custom paint job that accentuates your RC's top-speed, consider a design inspired by the sleek elegance of the leopard. Knowing how to properly paint a leopard-print body shell will hone your painting skills while simultaneously providing you with an outstanding looking RC.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Jar of liquid mask
  • Large paintbrush
  • Can of black spray paint
  • Can of gold spray paint
  • Can of white spray paint
  • Hobby knife

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  1. 1

    Wash the entire body with soap and water. Let it air dry, then paint on a single thin layer of liquid mask on the inside of the body shell. Set it aside to dry in a well-ventilated area before painting on a second layer. Allow it time to completely dry out before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Cut out circles using the hobby knife; trace various sizes of circles in the mask, then peel them away, revealing the clear plastic underneath.

  3. 3

    Spray a single even coat of black paint over the entire inner surface of the body shell. Allow it time to dry before applying a second coat. Allow the paint to dry out completely.

  4. 4

    Trace another circle around the spots you previously cut out; the space between the black spot and the new circle should be around 1/2 inch.

  5. 5

    Spray a faded coat of white paint over the inside of the body shell; the intention is to allow for some of the background colour to show through the white, so do not spray the white until it is opaque.

  6. 6

    Trace the hobby knife around the windows, then peel away the remainder of the mask, leaving the windows covered.

  7. 7

    Spray the entire inner part of the body shell with a single coat of copper paint. Allow it time to dry before spraying on a second coat; then, set the body shell aside until it is completely dry.

  8. 8

    Peel off the clear-plastic cover on the outside of the body shell; then, apply any provided decals.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray paint exudes toxic fumes; always use it in well-ventilated areas.

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