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Allan Bennett16/06/2017 20:50:37
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I want to tint the windows of my 550-size Bell JetRanger heli a sort of mid-grey to hide the internals. For a couple of seasons I've used tint film, the sort used on full-size cars, but it's bubbling and peeling off and looking awful.

I believe that Tamya used to do a range of special paints for this purpose, but I can't find any such thing on their web site or at my local model shop. Does anyone have suggestions of paints (or stains) that would do the job nicely please.

flight116/06/2017 21:00:40
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Dave Bran16/06/2017 21:31:04
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Yes, Tamiya did, I used their "smoke tint" and IF they still do, Sussex Model Centre is likely to have as they have a massive Tamiya rack.

Tim A16/06/2017 21:44:25
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Tamiya PS31 Smoke Polycarbonate Spray shows up on various UK websites still available but not Sussex Model Centre

Engine Doctor16/06/2017 22:43:26
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Tinted cellulose thinners works ok applied in thin sprayed coats . Apply until the desired darkness/effect is achieved. If you think you colour and allow to settle the solids will settle out and leave see through tint.

Bill_B17/06/2017 05:16:37
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I've used Auto Spray Tint from my local car accessory shop which works extremely well. Also check out eBay as there's window tint spray available there too. thumbs up

Allan Bennett17/06/2017 08:47:45
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Thanks guys, I'm obviously not as adept at using Google as you are laugh

I've ordered a can of the Tamiya.

Allan Bennett23/06/2017 08:34:12
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The PS-31 spray arrived yesterday, and what a wonderful job it does smiley Thanks guys. I wonder why Tamiya don't list it here -- must be some EU rule cheeky

Stuphedd23/06/2017 12:06:37
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for what its worth , ( with the diminishing pound ) I used to "soak " my canopies in DYLON for a few days , more for darker and using this method the colour does not scratch or fall off ,

Now I do spray cos its a lot quicker.


Allan Bennett23/06/2017 20:22:45
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That's a good tip Pete.

robert chamberlain26/01/2019 03:33:08
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for my sailplane I soaked the canopy in a bucket of warm water to which I added "RIT" dye which is normally used to color cloth. Oddly, not all plastics took the color. One came out the same color it went in. Different type of plastic I guess. My sailplane looks great with a semi- transparent yellow finish----Bob in Kansas

J D 826/01/2019 08:40:28
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Similar to Robert's post , used to use Dylon hand dye,still available I think.

Peter Miller26/01/2019 08:47:10
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We used to use Dylon on nylon props.We always used to boil the props to relieve stresses. Add the dylong for coloured props.

Doesn't work with many modern props, they must be nylon I think

Geoff Parkes27/01/2019 09:24:30
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Back in my slot car racing days (mid 60,s ) we use to buy "jelly mold " transparent car bodies , usually of the U.S,saloon cars of that era, they all looked the same , but were larger than the British saloon cars , some bright spark discovered that if you covered the inside with flourescent pen markers the rougher the better, then sprayed the inside of the body with hair spray- harmony from wolworths seemed to work the best, maybe because it was the cheapest brand, the results were a amazing psycodelic finish as the hair spray reacted with the marker . Probably highly illegal now in our health and safety world.

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