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Making a paint stand

RELATED TOPICS: PAINT
Here's a great idea that jumped right out of the mailbag when we were discussing "easy" tips in the workshop.

Holding model-car parts while you're painting is always a juggling act. Commercial "third hands" work great, and simply bending a piece of wire and taping it to the inside of the body works okay, but with a little ingenuity and a few cents' worth of lumber, you can make a quick, easy, secure paint stand that can be used in many applications.

Milton Burns of Broadview Heights, Ohio, did just that, and we thought it was a pretty nifty idea. Here's what Milton had to say:

"I wanted a simple, low-cost paint fixture that allowed me to move and rotate models as I painted them - primarily to minimize paint runs. Commercial units with extra features are available, but were more than I needed.

"My solution was to simply use a piece of 2x3 lumber (2x4 would work just as well) with bent wire attached to each end. You can make the piece of wood as long as you need - just make sure the ends fit inside the car body. The vertical 'handle' is a piece of 1x2 lumber with a hole drilled into the bottom, which allows you to place the unit on a peg while the model dries.

"The wire is simple coat-hanger wire. Cutting the wire with snips actually left the ends somewhat pointed, which helped in grabbing the model and holding it securely in place. The bent-wire pieces are attached to the ends of the board with cable staples. The key is the small U-bends in the middle of the wire, which keep the wire from rotating.

"The cost factor was zero, and it took less than 30 minutes to build."

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