How to Paint Diecast Cars

Updated July 20, 2017

As a child, the accuracy of the painting on model cars was not of the utmost importance, but as an adult and a model car collector, it becomes the centre piece of any model car collector's hobby. Get the painting right and it will be a treasured part of your collection. Get it wrong and it can be incredibly frustrating.

Make sure you have all the correct paints and a wide range of brushes for the different areas of the car.

Take your time to make sure you do a good job on this and use a small brush to paint the harder-to-reach areas. The main body of the car is the least taxing part of this operation; however, it is important to get it right to ensure the finished product is up to a high standard.

Make sure the paint on the main body is completely dry before you start on the decals of the car. It is advisable to leave overnight or consult the paint instructions for how long it will take to dry. If the detailing on the car is complex, you may want to invest in, or even make your own, magnifying glass stand.

Add extra stickers or transfers to your model to complete the look, especially sponsorship ones if it is a diecast racing car. This can be a very awkward thing to do and can easily go wrong. You can use a pair of tweezers, along with the magnifying glass again to ensure accuracy.


Do not rush in to this. It is important to approach this task logically and take your time to get it right.


Children should be supervised around some paints, as they can be harmful. This is especially true if you are using oil-based paints and are using petrol based paint remover.

Things You'll Need

  • Paints
  • Paint brushes of various sizes
  • Paint remover
  • Magnifying glass stand
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About the Author

Colin Rowe started writing professionally in 2009. He has written for the print publication "Hounslow Chronicle" and for websites such as News Associates, Global Newswire, FiX e-zine and NRI Digital. He holds a postgraduate degree in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and management studies from St. Mary's University in London.