Bodyshell Care

We’ve been asked a few time by customers what the best way to protect and look after your painted shell is, so to help out we’ve put together the following guide. As always, if you’re not sure about something just give us a yell – we’re always here to help out.

How your shell arrives

Paint by Magoo shells are painted with the latest generation of water based paints (we do use some lacquers for chrome and candies); these paints adhere well to the polycarbonate shell, flex well with it and are generally hard wearing if looked after properly. Two things that water based paints don’t like are water – they don’t dry fully water proof, and strong solvents like lacquers and nitro fuel.

Before dispatch all of our shells also receive several coats of a clear, tough lacquer to provide additional protection form knocks and scratches. This is a carefully selected product laid down in a very controlled environment to avoid any risk of damaging the paint work it is designed to protect. It fully waterproofs the finish, so hosing down a shell shouldn’t be a problem as long as you avoid harsh chemicals, and for nitro-racers it provides good fuel protection from nitro. However, for the ultimate protection for your shell we recommend that additional steps are taken to reinforce the protection in areas particularly subject to wear and tear.

Tape it up!

The preferred and simplest option is simply to tape up the inside of the shell. There are a wide number of tapes that can be used, but I currently like a clear, plastic tape available from B&Q (this stuff!). If you can’t get that, look for something thick, sticky and weatherproof if possible – in a pinch gaffer tape will do the job. Stick this carefully on the inside of the shell, aiming to cover areas the will be subject to any form of rubbing (looks for edges of chassis, wires that may rub the shell and body posts especially). Whilst the paint is hard wearing the constant scuffing will very quickly wear it away – the tape will stop that.

Additional chemical protection

If you do decide you want to add additional lacquer to your shell, here are a few tips:

  • Avoid brush on, or ‘dip’ type lacquers. These are high in solvents and dry very slowly so they have maximum potential to attack your paint.
  • Use a spray on lacquer, and use very light coats, allowing each coat to dry before spraying the next
  • If possible heat dry each coat (a hair drier on high will do), the faster the lacquer dries the less chance of the solvents damaging the paint

Obviously we don’t recommend this approach, and can’t be held responsible if your choice of lacquer damages the paint work! If in doubt, give Us a yell first and we can talk it through.

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