How to make a body for an RC car

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How to make a body for an RC car
A professional looking body will make your RC car stand out. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

It does not matter how fast your RC car is or how much money you spend on it; a poorly made body will make your car look cheap and unattractive. Making your own RC car body is not difficult but it does require a lot of time and patience. Once you find a lexan RC car body that you want to use on your car, follow the steps outlined here to create a body that will make your RC car stand out from the rest of the pack.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1000-grit sandpaper
  • Dawn blue dish soap
  • Window masking or painter's tape
  • Lexan paint
  • Lexan scissors
  • Dremel
  • Drill or cone-shaped sanding bit

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sand the inside of the Lexan body with 1000-grit sandpaper. This will give the paint a rough surface to adhere to which will help against cracking and peeling. Do not worry, the scratches will not show once the car has been painted.

  2. 2

    Wash the inside of the body with Dawn blue dish soap or a similar dish soap. This will remove dust from sanding and any residue leftover from when the body was cast. Both of these will prevent the paint from properly adhering.

  3. 3

    Apply the window masking to the inside of the body where the windows should be. Painter's tape will work here as well if your body did not come with masking. Make sure that the masking or painter's tape is pushed firmly onto the body to prevent the paint from seeping underneath and getting onto your windows. If you would like other designs on your car's body such as racing stripes, use painter's or masking tape to mark them as well.

  4. 4

    Spray light layers of paint onto the inside of your prepped RC car body. Light layers ensure the paint does not bleed, facilitates faster drying times and coats more evenly. Take your time here and allow the paint to fully dry between coats. If you are doing a two-tone finish, such as painting racing stripes a different colour than the rest of the body, complete your first color's coats first. Once that is dry, carefully peel away the masking or tape that kept paint off of your design. Spray over that with the second colour with light coats until it is painted to your liking.

  5. 5

    Trim the body with a pair of Lexan scissors. Go slowly, cutting out the wheel wells and any excess plastic around the body. Any rough spots can be smoothed out with a Dremel sanding drum.

  6. 6

    Drill holes for the body mounting posts with a drill bit or cone-shaped sanding bit.

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