DIY Spectraflame Paint

Spectraflame from a spray can?

I have been wanting to try my hand at a Spectraflame paint job for quite some time. However, I did not want to go down the airbrush rabbit hole. Good news I finally found a different solution that offers similar results. Below is the three step process of creating your own spectraflame paint job.

Step 1. Sanding: This is the step that takes the most time but is the most important. I start with 320-400 grit sand paper to remove the casting lines. Then I move to 600-800 grit to start smoothing out everything. Finally, I move to steel wool starting and "0" and ending at "0000".

Step 2. Polishing: I just started using the Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish shown below with a "bullet" style buffer on my Dremel on the low RPM setting. (I bought mine at Walmart for about $6) Use a liberal amount of the polish to make sure that you do not cause burn marks. Also make sure to wear eye protection and a grungy shirt this stuff gets everywhere.

Step 3. Painting: The paint that I used for mine was Krylon Stained Glass - Tangerine and Soft Blue. I bought mine at my local Ace Hardware for about $7. Micheal's also carries Red, Green and a darker Blue for about $10 or less if you use a coupon. The key is to use very light coats and about wait about 20 minute dry time between coats. I used about 5-6 coats on with the Blue and about 8-10 with the Orange. To get a darker or deeper color just apply more coats.

It is very difficult to get proper pictures of the final results but here you go.

This is a mock up of my Hot Wheels Redline McLaren M6A resto-mod that I am working on.

This is a mock up of my Hot Wheels Redline McLaren M6A resto-mod that I am working on.

Thanks for reading, I hope you learned a thing or two from this quick DIY write-up.

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Comments (10)

  • I've been having great results with the Duplicolor Metalcast paints...

      1 month ago
  • It really is tough to take photos of shiny subjects especially if the light isn't diffused enough. So oftentimes the only solution is to lean into it -- find an angle that has a continuous white line on the body and punch in on that.

    Love the colour on the Vulcan, by the way. It looks so different and cooler than a mint candy.

      1 month ago
    • Thanks MJ. I will try that method and see if I can diffuse the light more.

      The Vulcan has such long smooth lines it works well with the spectraflame style paint.

        1 month ago
    • beautiful! Another one to try when I get the chance. Thanks

        1 month ago
  • This is something I need to try as soon as I get my workspace back. Thanks for the info and the great photos. In my never-ending battle with rattle cans, I refuse to throw in the towel...

      1 month ago
    • I’m glad I could keep the fire burning. I would 100% recommend waiting until you get your workspace set up to try it. I set up a makeshift paint booth in the bathroom (because of winter in Colorado), not the brightest idea. Don’t let the rattle...

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        1 month ago
  • Definitely going to give this a try!

      1 month ago
  • This is such a good method and it really looks like spectraflame!

      1 month ago
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