Step 2 (body detailing)
I find it helps loads if you have some good new
paint & not those old little pots of years
old drying up paint.
With the Mounty body you have 3 different parts
to do. Front grill, Front body (cab) & rear
body (bed) I did them one at a time, Well I tried
to anyway. Maybe moving from one to another when
waiting for paint to dry etc.
First up is the front grill. With the spraying
done it's all ready for parts to be fitted.
I did the headlights first. Make sure you are
very careful cutting out the chrome parts &
the glass parts. Nothing hard here, Just make
sure the lenses are the correct way up (there's
a small notch in the bottom) When gluing them
in use very little glue near to the edges &
put a little on after they are seated in the grill.
The indicators need some paint first. I use the
Tamiya clear orange for all my indicators on all
bodies. It's a superb colour when used right.
Paint 2-3 coats of the orange on the rear of the
lenses. Always on the rear, So you can't see those
When dry, Fit these in with the chrome holders
holding them in place with glue.
Now fit the alloy bracket that secures it to the
main body, This can be helpful on the next bits.
Doing the small Toyota badge is not as bad as
you might think. Just get a really fine &
soft brush, & apply your paint from nearly
a flat angle to the badge (Lay the brush down)
don't try & paint it, Just touch it all until
covered right. Make sure the body is steady on
the surface your working on & your hand is
also resting on something to keep it steady also.
Get comfy before you paint.
When that's dried you can apply the red out line
around the Toyota emblem. This is the correct
way around, Check out the front of a Bruiser box.
Some people think it's red in the middle, Not
Number plates are easy, I just spray them with
some white primer while still on the tree. Cut
them out, Touch up & stick on. If
you want to jump the gun like I did, Cut into
the nice expensive decals & stick the number
plate one on first.
Steady hand time as the side lights are a pain
to paint! Do them in white as it says in the manual,
But try & mask as much as you can. It will
help as they are difficult to get right. Finished
Onto the rear of the body. I buy the white TOYOTA
decal from RC4WD.com.
Saves so much time & looks perfect on the
tail gate. If you do get one, Cut it all up first
before applying. Because
it's a rub on type decal you can't see where it
sits if you don't. Put some masking tape across
the top of the Toyota on the tail gate & line
up all the letters separately. Done!
Before I painted the chrome detail, I did the
indicators first with satin black. Yes black.
It's for the nice thin black edge around the indicator.
Open up your chrome silver paint & do the
tail gate hinges/locks, Indicators (masked up)
& where the rear lights sit. These look superb
when the coloured lenses are fitted over them.
The rear lenses are difficult to get right, But
look very smart when done correctly.
You need some Tamiya clear orange again &
clear red. These can both be painted on the rear
of the lenses. Put about 2-3 coats on evenly for
a nice deep colour. The black edging around the
lights is the hard part. Use the technique I mentioned
above for the front grill Toyota badge. Keep the
brush flat & go around covering the risen
edge of the lights. When done make sure it looks
ok from different angles, If you miss a bit it
will show when fitted to the body.
One of my favourite bits next.. Fitting the roll
bar & spots!
Be ever so careful cutting out all the pieces
for the roll bar/spots. The chrome can come off
real easy if your not careful. I always cut the
parts off the tree first with sharp cutters, Then
trim with a sharp knife.
No matter how good you are there will be bits
of chrome missing on the spots. Screw them together
keeping them bits out of sight as much as possible.
It all screws together easy.
So onto the spot light decals. A pleasure &
easy to fit, Just make sure they all line up right
& in the centres. Now
fit the roll bar to the rear bed.. Looks well
The rear lights & number plate can be fitted
now. And time to stick on the other number plate
decal too (Make sure it's the correct one) Last
thing on the rear section for now, Is to finish
off the indicators with the clear orange paint.
Just go over the silver with a few coats letting
it dry in between. They now look like proper lenses.
Now for the front cab. Some tricky bits here.
Like I said before use masking tape wherever you
can. All window detailing & indicators.
Indicators can be done exactly as the rear ones
as mentioned before. Black, Silver, Then clear
orange. All window rubbers/surrounds are in satin
black. Easy to mask up, But don't bother with
the round corners. Just do them free hand, Only
a few millimetres to paint. Keep all your masking
tape too the straight bits. Unless your better
with the stuff than me!
The tricky part is the side 'Hilux' badges. Paint
them satin black again. Keep the paint thin if
you can & neat as possible (Paint tips above)
Then when dry, Use the silver very carefully going
around the badge working from the outside inwards
if you can. This is hard though & if you go
wrong, Let it dry & cover with some black
Last detailing is the silver chrome gutters on
the edge of the roof going down the window pillars.
Mask again, But the inside edge is a pain. I tucked
my masking tape into the top of the doors &
it worked great for painting.
Make sure all paint is dry before fitting the
glass. I fitted the glass temporary & marked
with a knife a few points around the top of the
windscreen. So I could take it out & apply
the TOYOTA window decal in the correct position.
Worked a treat! Don't try fitting the decal with
the glass in place.
Now fit the window glass properly. Oh & if
you have any marks on the glass, Try car polish.
It's superb on plastic glass if your careful.
The front grill can be fitted also, Making sure
it all lines up nice adjusting the screws as you
I didn't bother gluing in the rear cab glass,
Just slot it in (tight anyway) & fit in with
some strong tape at the top (clear is best) It's
held in with the interior & rear bed as well.
I never use glue if I can help it.
The interior is easy also. I got myself a can
of Tamiya TS-1 (Red brown) & just sprayed
the seat all over, Back & front.
Then apply the two decals when dry. Then fit
the steering column & wheel after painting
them satin black first.
Time to fit the two body half's together!
But first, Fit in the side mirror. So cut it out
very carefully & glue the two mirror parts
together carefully, With the metal bracket in
Back to the body. Make sure they line up the best
you can get them. Don't worry, They will not be
perfect as the mouldings are out of line along
the lower side body line (just above the chrome)
Fit the lower screws first, Then the top screws
as you need to fit the interior now. Remember
though to use the correct screws, I've seen soo
many of these trucks with the wrong screws used
& they have damaged the outer body as the
screws were too long.
Nearly done! Just those decals to finish her off
These are not much of a problem. Believe me after
fitting the Bruiser ones these are a breeze! Put
down a nice clean soft cloth to cushing the whole
body & keep it safe. If you're like me I always
go for the easy decals first. I did the bonnet
ones to start off, Then onto the sides. I chose
the black lines next down both sides in the middle
of the doors. I used a guillotine to cut all the
long straight edges. Works great.
You need to trim a little off the black line as
it's too wide to fit in the body moulding gap.
The door coloured stripes are the next ones. Then
you can line up the rear side stripes ok. Both
easy decals to apply as they are straight. Just
make sure you cut out those door lock holes perfect,
Then you can use this as a guide. '4X4 OFF ROAD'
are the easy ones to apply. Keep em straight!
I left the chrome decals around the bottom until
last as I thought they were going to be a pain.
Not the case. I just cut them out again with the
guillotine, Making sure I cut off all the black
lines that depict the edges. There are three holes
to cut out also on the main door decals. Do them
with a very sharp knife, Keeping to the black
circles on there. If you do this all right they
fit great. And take care fitting them, As you
can't re-apply chrome decals very well. They mark
& stretch if you pull them back off.
One more thing I nearly forgot. The side guards
that fit at the bottom of the doors.
I sprayed them with the white primer along with
the number plates when I did them (On same tree)
These fit with two screws either side.
Done! Wasn't that easy?