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Coat Things in Metal for Cheap


     When I was younger I really liked to build model cars. I also went through a phase where I liked to coat coins and other various objects in Rollo wrappers to make it look like it was made of gold. One day I decided to combine the two hobbies. I had a spare model of a Shelby Mustang GT500 that was collecting dust so I decided to work with that car. I coated everything in either gold Rollo wrapper or aluminum foil. Below is a picture of what the finished product looks like.

Model mustang coated in metal

     To make the foil sticky so it would attach to the car I used a sticker making machine. It's basically a hand crank adhesive applicator machine, it is built by Xyron Inc. Their various models can be found on their website Xyron Inc. I have used the same machine to produce a number of other stickers such as the decals for a second model I made that is shown further down this page.

     As a side note, the velocity stacks did not come with the model, I believe I salvaged those from a model Corvette's extra parts. I also had to make a custom hood to accommodate the velocity stacks so the hood is not stock for the model either.

     This is a shot of under the car to show how far I went to cover everything in foil. I don't remember how many wrappers it took to do this, but I would estimate it to be upwards of 20 or so wrappers. When detailing small parts like the engine, the foil is really easy to use up fast because I needed to use lots of small overlapping pieces instead of one clean piece. The adhesive on the foil and the foils thickness made it very hard to work with large pieces in tight areas.

underbody of mustang coated in gold foil

     Here is another slightly higher angled shot that shows inside the engine bay. The combination of chrome and gold almost makes it too bright for the camera. Sorry for the dust on the model, I don't know why I didn't dust the car before taking the picture.

hood off mustange coated in foil

     There are no windows present on this model. I got too much glue on them, as I did with just about every model I built when I was younger, so I scrapped them.

rear of mustange

     Below is the second instance when I used the sticker machine to make decals for a model car. The car below is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. I wanted to give it a unique racing style paint job and I liked money a lot so I decided to use pieces of one dollar bills to construct decals for this model. I thought it worked well because I could use the number 1 as the cars racing number and I could use various pieces of text as sponsor text. To lay on the decals I first used the sticker machine to apply the adhesive coating. After applying all of the decals to the car, I used an aerosol clear coat to seal everything to the body of the car.

money camaro

     On the top of the car is the portrait of George Washington. I even put decals on the seats and dashboard inside the car. This car also has its windows, I managed to keep the glue off them. The picture below shows the car from the rear.

money camaro 2

     I recently picked up a "do it yourself" decal kit made by Testor that comes with computer software and decal sheets. A small picture of the kit is to the right. The decal sheets can be printed on using an inkjet printer. Then the decals can be adhered to any model just like standard water applicable decals. I have not gotten the chance to use it yet, but it looks promising. I enjoy the ability to be able to customize anything I want easily.

     Decals are also an easy way to add texture to projects. They can be applied as racing stripes on car, decals on a computer case, stickers on a calculator and on so many other things. Decals are a fun and artistic form of expression.



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