Another experiment with base coats and transparent paint. Spoiler Alert: it wasn’t a total failure, but the Testors Corp. bears some responsibility this time.

As with the chrome from a previous post, I have a pair of metallic Gold rattle cans from Rust-Oleum. The paint on the left gave me the kind of finish one would get from a bottle of Testors model paint: gold color, but rather non reflective. The paint on the right is also a metallic gold, but the word specialty appears on the label, and it gives a more reflective gold color.
DISCLAIMER: All photos were shot with one of the potato-iest cameras on earth. All photos are to illustrate the results obtained by myself, your results will vary be understandably better than mine...both paint and photography.

The reflectivity test:

As expected.
And, head to head for comparison, before and after:

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Now, at this point I must point out that I’m working with a defective nozzle or really old paint. The Testors 1605 Gloss Custom Red can of paint I used came out in spurts, despite having been shaken much longer than should have been necessary. I got a spotty, speckled effect on many surfaces, but spraying on a piece of scrap wood showed that the can was sputtering to even work...lots of heavy dots instead of the fine mist expected.
However, the results were good, overall, in the places where the paint adhered as it was supposed to. Good color, good gold accents on corners and curves. I’ll try to get an exchange for the paint, but at a different store* and try again.

Someone with better rattle can skills than I will have fun with this combination of candy/transparent red (any candy color) over a gold base. Both golds took the transparent red very well with no shedding of color this time.
Going forward, I’ll keep playing with the more reflective of the two golds, since it holds the subsequent coats fairly well, and shiny is better sometimes.

The next time this poor F50 gets stripped will be the last time. I’m starting to wear down the details and it deserves better, for all its service in paint tests.

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*I learned that no one, at any of the Michaels stores I frequent, has any idea how long a can of paint has sat on their shelves, nor if they can order “fresh” paint. A can sits there until it’s purchased, and the computers order another can for restocking. So, a “fresh” can of the same color can be sitting next to an old (sputtering) can on the shelf. It’s worth it for me to try another can and report any better results.

More colors and combinations to follow.