The models are prepared and painted just like real cars
After the research, there is disassembly, stripping, priming, and prepping. Fox uses automotive-industry products as much as he can, down to the thinners, primers, and paint, and mixes the customer's preferred colors per the factory paint code, but re-formulated to work well at 1/18th scale. After the first coat is complete, Fox then recreates all the emblems and logos needed to replicate the real car. If stripes are needed, these are added before clear coating is done. It's a painstaking process involving incredibly small strips of tape -- see above. Upon drying, the whole car is wet sanded and polished using 1,500-grit sandpaper, then 3,000, then 5,000 grit, leaving a factory-like finish. The repainting process alone can take eight to 12 hours depending on what the starter car is.