New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now includes body paint!)

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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite

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jamin wrote:
gomachv wrote:I had bad experiences with dyes other than RIT brand. If you have it available I would give it a shot. It has never let me down
Cool, I'll grab some. Apologies for the thread highjack Karl - keep up the good work.
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite

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Finally got round to trimming an original XX body along with a V wing. The body is prepped for paint and I do have a design in mind using the orignial XX box art colours, i.e. white, silver, black and pink. However, I need to be 'in the mood' to spend time masking it all out.

Anyway, here we are so far....
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Losi XX Graphite - Body 1
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Losi XX Graphite - Body 1
Losi XX Graphite - Body 1
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Losi XX Graphite - Body 2
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Losi XX Graphite - Body 2
Losi XX Graphite - Body 2
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I also found this brand of masking tape which features "Paint Stop Technology" via eBay and was wondering if anyone here has used it?
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Stuk Masking Tape - Four sizes: 6mm, 10mm, 18mm & 40mm.
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Stuk Masking Tape - Four sizes: 6mm, 10mm, 18mm & 40mm.
Stuk Masking Tape - Four sizes: 6mm, 10mm, 18mm & 40mm.
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite

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Eventually I've managed to finish up painting up a body for my Losi XX Graphite build - the first in about 20 years - and I think the result came out OK, it's not great mind but it's OK! I'd forgotten how much patience is required in the prep and masking to get a really good finish....but hey, it was a great learning exercise

I also think it needs a few more decals/ stickers to really finish it off but period ones seem to be a bit thin on the ground these days. Also, anyone into late 70's/ early 80's American rock should notice the EVH inspired paint job using the four colours found on the original box art XX.
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XX Graphite 1 (EVH Style)
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XX Graphite 1 (EVH Style)
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XX Graphite 2 (EVH Style)
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XX Graphite 2 (EVH Style)
XX Graphite 2 (EVH Style)
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One day I might get around to finishing off the electrics but for now my RC budget is needed elsewhere!
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint)

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Really like this. The finish reminds me of my Lazer ZX-R that I did back in the 90's. Had a similar 'criss cross' finish except in white and blue.
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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I have used Rit to dye XXX wheels black, it worked really well. I think they were white to start with, I tried Rit red, but they didn't look right, so I dyed them black. I have a solution made up that I have used loads of times, once its cooled I pour it in a plastic milk container and save it until the next time. I have probably done over 10 sets of wheels with it and its still going strong.

I also apologize if this is a hijack!! Cheers.

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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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By the way, are you going to 'feed' the tyres? it would get them nice and black and a bit shiny - unless you like the look already of course!!

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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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I'm still digging those black wheels - paint job suits them nicely too! I'm still a little unsure about the looks of the stock shell, I think the Jammin or xcelerator one looks a bit nicer, but only because of the step on the side pods makes it look too high. IMO of course..

Either way, mighty fine build my friend :-)

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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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Chillout47 wrote:By the way, are you going to 'feed' the tyres? it would get them nice and black and a bit shiny - unless you like the look already of course!!
Feed the tyres? Hmmmm? Not sure I know about this.........what treatment does it involve/ would you recommend?

Thanks! :)
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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Chillout47 wrote:I have used Rit to dye XXX wheels black, it worked really well. I think they were white to start with, I tried Rit red, but they didn't look right, so I dyed them black. I have a solution made up that I have used loads of times, once its cooled I pour it in a plastic milk container and save it until the next time. I have probably done over 10 sets of wheels with it and its still going strong.

I also apologize if this is a hijack!! Cheers.
That's OK.

By the way, these are Pro-Line Featherlite XXCR wheels which are made of dyeable nylon. From what I've seen, the XXX wheels are a type of white plastic (?) as opposed to nylon and don't take dye like the nylon material.

I have a thread in the R/C Tech Forum that deals with microwave dying nylon parts..... :wink:
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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LosiXXkid wrote:
Chillout47 wrote:By the way, are you going to 'feed' the tyres? it would get them nice and black and a bit shiny - unless you like the look already of course!!
Feed the tyres? Hmmmm? Not sure I know about this.........what treatment does it involve/ would you recommend?

Thanks! :)
Just use some touring car tyre treatment, I have some old trinity stuff and it brings them up like new, if not better.

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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now with body paint!)

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I use a silicon spray lubricant from Halfords, it is absolutely awesome for restoring tyres and giving them that black semi gloss look. I Put the wheel and tyre onto a hex wrench or similar, spin it fast and spray it whilst its spinning, this coats it very evenly. I leave them overnight on a piece of kitchen towel, in the morning most of it is soaked up, just give them a wipe over with a lint free cloth to get rid of any left over. It's safe on wheels too, just wipes off and does not mark them.

I get the feeling I'm teaching my Granny to suck eggs here, sorry if it's already been covered in another thread....
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8) ......thanks for the know-how!
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Chillout47 wrote:I use a silicon spray lubricant from Halfords, it is absolutely awesome for restoring tyres and giving them that black semi gloss look. I Put the wheel and tyre onto a hex wrench or similar, spin it fast and spray it whilst its spinning, this coats it very evenly. I leave them overnight on a piece of kitchen towel, in the morning most of it is soaked up, just give them a wipe over with a lint free cloth to get rid of any left over. It's safe on wheels too, just wipes off and does not mark them.

I get the feeling I'm teaching my Granny to suck eggs here, sorry if it's already been covered in another thread....
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now includes body paint!)

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A little bit of an update with some Trinity 1.5D rear hubs and a new dual disk slipper.
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Also waiting on a Trinity front bulkhead brace to arrive.
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Re: New Built Losi XX Graphite (Now includes body paint!)

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You can't beat a bit of Trinity blue on these XX cars!! I also like the fact that the yoke for the driveshaft is black rather than dark grey, nice little touch there - would the spur look better black also?

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