How to Paint an RC Car Body

Have you ever wanted to paint your own RC body? It’s actually not as difficult as you might think! With a little bit of patience and the right supplies, you can transform an ordinary RC car into a work of art. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to painting an RC body. So grab your supplies and let’s get started!

Prepare the surface of the RC body for painting.

When it’s time to paint your radio-controlled car body, the most critical step is preparing the surface of the material. Some materials may require you to use sandpaper and remove any existing paint to create a smooth surface. Most likely, however, you will need to use special automotive primer that helps prepare plastic surfaces for painting. After applying several highly thinned layers of primer, sand its surface between each coat until it is completely uniformed and regularly polished. This will help provide an ideal layer for the paint to adhere to and look as perfect as possible when you hit the race track.


Decide what paint you want to use

You can use acrylic, enamel, or poly-carbonate paints

When it comes to painting projects, deciding what kind of paint you’re going to use can make a world of a difference in your results. There are a variety of paints you can choose from, with the most popular being acrylic, enamel, and polycarbonate. Acrylics are typically the workshorse of home painting projects and are easy to work with and quick drying. Enamels may be more durable than acrylics but they require more preparation and their quick drying time makes them less forgiving for corrections or mistakes. Polycarbonate paints offer a glossy finish that stays as long as the surface is nonporous, meaning its best for surfaces that have been sealed beforehand. Depending on what type of effect you’re going for and the level of durability needed in your project, choosing one of these three paints could take your project to the next level.

Paint the details on the RC body

Painting the details on your RC body is a great way to make your toy really stand out. You can get creative with each brush stroke and be in control of what your RC looks like. Before you start painting, decide whether you would like to fade, spatter, or use a drybrush technique. Ensure that you give yourself plenty of time and have proper ventilation while painting – due to the smell. Lay down layers of color until you have achieved the desired look, then step back and admire the results of all your hard work. Though it can be labor intensive, painting the details on an RC body is an exciting way to customize your car and give you immense satisfaction when done correctly.


If using an airbrush, thin the paint accordingly

When using an airbrush, it is important to make sure that you thin your paint accordingly. This will ensure that when the paint gets sprayed, it has a smooth finish that won’t be too thick or too thin. Something as simple as adding thinner can help produce a consistent quality when working on a painting or other craft project. Additionally, you want to make sure that the kind of thinner you use is appropriate for the type of paint you are working with – otherwise you could end up causing more problems than you solve. Taking your time and being mindful of how much thinner to add can help produce high-quality results with any airbrush project!

Apply the paint evenly to avoid runs and sags

Applying paint evenly is important when coating a surface or a piece of furniture. Paint runs and sags can negatively affect the aesthetic quality and even the protective abilities that paint provides for surfaces. Fortunately, there are steps to take to ensure that your painting project comes out looking perfect. First, always be sure to mix your paint thoroughly before applying it to your project. Additionally, while painting, be sure to lay down an even coat and control excesses with a brush or roller. Keeping good technique in mind will ensure that potential runs and sags can be avoided as much as possible.

Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step

With painting projects, it’s important to exercise patience and let the paint dry completely before moving on. Taking a shortcut and skipping this step can lead to an uneven finish that spoils the entire look, along with wasted time, energy and resources. Thus, it is wise to take a short break between coats and don’t be afraid to wait for a few hours for the paint to cure thoroughly. Doing this proper task of letting the paint dry fully helps ensure that your painted object has a strong, lasting finish.

Apply a clear coat to protect the paint job and give it a glossy finish

Applying a clear coat to your car or truck can have many benefits. Not only does it protect the paint job and help keep fading at bay, but it also gives your vehicle a glossy finish that stands out in the sun and rain. Once applied, you’ll immediately notice an increase in shine, as well as improved stain resistance. Clear coats help to prevent damage from harmful UV rays while providing an extra layer of protection that lasts for years with proper upkeep. Plus, letting others see your freshly waxed car with its perfect finish is sure to turn heads and make you proud of your ride!

Let the clear coat dry completely before using your RC car or truck again

It is essential to let the clear coat dry completely on your remote control, or RC, car or truck before you use it again. Clear coat adds a glossy finish that protect the paint job and keep your car looking like new. If you do not wait until the clear coat is fully dried and hardened, it won’t take long for it to start scuffing and chipping away. This will ruin your hard work and leave your vehicle looking dull and worn. It may be tempting to skip this step of the process and get back on the track sooner, but waiting just a few hours more could save you from a lot of trouble down the line!


These are the steps you need to follow to properly paint your RC car or truck. By following these simple steps, you can avoid common mistakes and end up with a professional looking paint job that will last for years. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start painting!