The pinewood wood derby is a popular racing event participated by Cub Scouts. The event highlights a race of miniature cars made from pinewood. This enjoyable car race event is also educational, during the car-making process. Those who build their pinewood derby car can incorporate skills such as analytical thinking, woodworking, imagination, and creativity. They need to make sure that the measurements are accurate, and the right materials are used for building and designing a Pinewood Derby car.
The designs for pinewood derby cars vary, and participants want to make sure that their cars have the most stunning and brilliant appeal. They can choose to put flame prints, or bold colors on their handmade cars. Moreover, they might want to create a camo design that is similar to the patterns in most military vehicles. The following steps can guide those who plan to use a camouflage paint job for their fast pinewood derby cars.
1. Prepare the necessary supplies.
For a camo design, it is important to prepare several supplies and tools such as spray paint with three camo colors, top coat spray paint, and a camo pattern. The pattern may be found in books and online resources that may be applied as a guide in designing the car. There are other essential items required for the project including a paintbrush, sandpapers with various grits, primer, and masking tape.
2. Sand the unpainted car.
It will be easy to paint the car when it has a smooth surface. Sand all portions of the car by using rough sandpaper. Then, use fine grit sandpaper when all edges and portions of the car are completely smooth. Check for rough sections by rubbing the car’s surface with a soft cloth. When the cloth snags on any portion, continue sanding with fine sandpaper.
3. Spray-paint the car with a primer and outline the camo pattern.
When the car is already smooth, spray-paint the surface with a primer. Apply thin coats on the car. However, allow the paint to dry for about two hours before applying the second coating. Then, examine the camouflage design pattern. Trace the pattern on the car by using a pencil.
4. Apply the right color for the camo design.
Decide on the paint color for the pattern. Desert camo comes with beige, tan, and white, while a forest camo has brown, black, and green colors. Put tape on some sections to prevent mixing of colors. Spray the uncovered sections with the first color, and allow 10 minutes for the paint to dry. Apply two coatings of the first color before starting with the other colors for the camo design. Follow the same procedure in the application of the second and third color of paint. Then, fill in some gaps in the painted surface by using a paintbrush.
5. Give the car a smooth finish.
After the paint has already dried, use a fine sandpaper to remove clumps on the painted surface. Wipe the scraped dust off the wooden car by using a soft cloth. Lastly, apply a clear, top-coat paint to make the car appear glossy and smooth.
These steps can help those who want to have the finest design for their pinewood derby cars. Make sure that the right materials and techniques are applied to ensure a high-quality car with superb visual appeal.