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      Post #76826, posted on 10-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi there, I recently bought a metal Inflight200 DC10 Canadian Airlines. I just noticed that the chevron red is way too dark. Also, the red cheatline looks like the correct shade, but you can see the dark blue underneath it.

      I'd like to try to correct this myself without selling and buying a new model. I'm fine with all the other colours. Any advice? Can I avoid stripping off all the other colours, like the blue, grey, and black lines, whilst trying to replace the red chevron? Will I have to remove the wrong red, or can I just paint over top of it?


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      Post #76827, posted on 10-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      The red really is dark. It's not because of the lighting in the photos.

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      Post #76828, posted on 10-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      It should be possible to mask the model around the red areas with Tamiya tape and respraying a lighter red. If you don't have an airbrush it's possible as well but it's harder to paint thin layers.

      Not that it really matters for the painting process, but are you sure the model is metal?

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      Post #76836, posted on 10-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      @TheFlyingDutchman

      I'm pretty confident it's metal. My phone camera isn't great, and may misrepresent things.

      Should I try to remove any existing paint or clear coats before I apply the correct paint? I understand the idea of masking when adding paints, but I wonder if anyone ever masks whilst removing certain paints whilst preserving the rest of the paint job, and how that is done exactly?

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      Post #76837, posted on 10-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I think you should leave the rest as it is. A clear coat will protect the stenciling and paint from the masking tape, but you should check this first. If you clean and degrease the model properly before masking/painting, the new paint should apply just fine.

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      Post #76838, posted on 10-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Ask yourself "Do you feel lucky?" What are the odds of you improving or screwing things up? No model is perfect. If you modify a pre-built/painted model the re-sale value is lost. If you still want to modify the chevron I think painting over the existing one would be the most foolproof/easiest way. I once "improved" the fuselage stripes on an Aero Union P3 tanker. Decal film for white and hand painted red and black acrylic paint. Not perfect but an improvement. Using water based acrylic paint would ensure you don't mess up any of the factory paint.

      Ken

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      Post #76839, posted on 10-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Good point, Ken. I once tried to improve a little die-cast model, didn't go well.