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Discussion in 'Ask The Pros' started by JamieM, Jun 12, 2019 at 10:47 AM.

  1. JamieM

    JamieM Pinewood Ninja

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    Do you leave your ladder body bare wood or do you prime/paint?

    Also, do you include the side rails where the wheels attach? Is there a benefit to clear coating and polishing that surface in the event the wheel hub does make contact.
     
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    Gso125 Racing Rail Runner

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    Ladder body cars are usually covered on top with vinyl. Tape or monokote. Bottom aluminum tape to cover weight and void space.
     
  3. JamieM

    JamieM Pinewood Ninja

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    I'm aware and why I'm asking what others have done to the wood.
     
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    KyleBCostco Pinewood Ninja

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    Bare except where hub touches the body
     
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    AceMontana District Champion Pro Racer

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    I prime , paint and clear coat mine....but i do it cuz i like to and i prefer the look ....as i understand things it cost some speed but to me its worth the trade off
     
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    HurriCrane Racing PWD Royalty Pro Racer 25+ Pro Race Wins! National Champion

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    I also prime, paint and clear coat many of my cars. It adds a little weight to the body but it can still be competitive.
     
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    JamieM Pinewood Ninja

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    Cool! I'm assuming wet sanding and polishing the clear coat and some wax to make it super slippery?
     

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