1913 Model T Van, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  Since the chassis will soon be up in the assembly process, I decided to go ahead and polish the rest of the way.  Touch-ups can always be done later, but it's easier to work with the parts while they are separate.

I bought the Novus Plastic Polish Trio from The Container Store, of all places.  :D  You can order online, and they will even bring it to your car!  :O  It was a nice day, though, so I went inside.  You can buy this from amazon and also in larger sizes, but the 2 oz. bottles are perfect for small projects.  The set includes #1 Plastic Clean & Shine, #2 Fine Scratch Remover and #3 Heavy Scratch Remover as well as polishing cloths.  I used Q-tips in addition to cut pieces of the cloth due to the shape of the fenders.

The instructions indicate to use #1 to clean first, but I used it in between the steps as well to remove any grit or dust left behind.  I used #3, cleaned with #1, used #2 next and finished with another cleaning of #1.

I wouldn't say it eliminated all scratches, but the surface has a waxed and buffed finish that seems more realistic for scale.  It also didn't take nearly as long as the wet sanding process.  If you've ever had a black car you know they never look as good as when they are new unless you spend countless hours waxing to remove scratches.  I'm just glad I'm not making the whole van black.

It polished closer to the raised details that I couldn't reach with wet sanding, so that was a positive for sure.

It's just a tad more mirror-like as well - minimal halo effect reflecting the stove clock.  :]

6 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Wow, it looks great! Shiny! :D

10/09/16 @ 15:48
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Oh my… that’s wonderful! It looks fresh off the showroom floor.

Shiny… I just had a Firefly/Serenity flashback.

10/09/16 @ 16:39
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Tricky colour. I once had a black pony who always managed to show dust despite endless grooming. Your truck parts are positively mirror-like.

10/09/16 @ 23:33
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

I love watching you build models. I have the faint hope that somehow, the skill will rub off and I’ll be able to do a similar job just from reading the post =0P. It looks like an extraordinary amount of preparation before the model is put together but that preparation is obviously the difference between merely building a kit and having an authentic looking, realistic model at the end =0)

10/10/16 @ 00:33
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Impressive!

10/10/16 @ 04:06
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :)) Building plastic models is certainly swear-inducing, but maybe that’s why I love it.

10/10/16 @ 07:55


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