Painting the Panels Blue

Painting the panels will bring your R2D2 dome to life. This three coat system gives them a grade shade of dark blue. I painted all panels with a purple lacquer paint from testors.
I did a couple of coats but perhaps one light coat may work better. I would have to build another dome to find out.

One Coat Lacquer

I waited 15 minutes and painted on a wet coat of Blue anodized duplicor that I got from the autoparts store. I painted two coats of this 15 minutes apart. You can tell it really turned the purple into blue.


After the two coats of duplicolor was applied, three coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel was applied 15 minutes apart. This really brings out the blue in the panels and makes them shine.

Crystal Clear Coat

2 Replies to “Painting the Panels Blue”

  1. Yes I have a few questions on the painting. In the video the pie panels are a different color. What color did you spray it before the Testors and if so with what.

    1. The Testors is the first color sprayed on. It is called Purpleicious. You have to experiment and find out what is right for you. George Lucas wanted a used universe, so my R2 reflects that. I am making it far from perfect. My R2 looks worn as if he has seen alot of stuff. He will look great once its done.

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