GARY CHRISTENSEN
6. When I am pretty much satisfied with the color I have achieved at this point, itís time to clean up around the more pronounced graphics. All the smaller data, lube plates, ACI labels, wheel dots, etc., I can apply as decals from certain decal sheets from Microscale*. With this method I use, I am merely concerned with the larger heralds and lettering. I take a clean cotton swab.
..and I start by getting it somewhat wet with water and then begin to remove the dried acrylic from the graphics and lettering. VERY TEDIOUS work, indeed, however, the end results can be satisfying....
To clean up the more stubborn areas of the graphics, I will nip the q-tip with a pair of wire cutters...
...this allows me a SOFT tipped scraping instrument to get after those hard to get areas...
..once that has been executed, I come back in  again with a clean snubbed brush to clean up the graphics even more...
...and then I'll use a toothpick to insure a very clean refinement within all the areas of the graphics. Be sure to go lightly with any toothpick as it can be very abrasive and sometimes even removes the original graphics paint in spots (again...trust me on this!). A tip here is to wet the very point of the toothpick before scraping....
Sometimes I will scrape outside of the boundaries of the underlying graphics and expose some specks of the darker original factory paint. No worries though, because when this happens, all can be restored by spot painting in the final stages of weathering the car.
7. Now that this has been accomplished, it is time to mist with Dull cote again.....this last step will secure your work and you can move now to adding color variations and highlights. On this particular model, a golden yellow prevails as highlights on the overall car body and a darker green "chipping away" original paint look reveals itself near the top and the upper door tracks. With those different colors at the ready, I apply them as washes in the appropriate areas of the model. First the "antique gold" on the panels as a wash...

and then the darker olive drab colored upper highlights...
8. The finished product, waiting to be sealed with Dull cote*.
Now,  the dried color transition.  Sealed and a fairly close match to its prototype reference flick, its now ready for the FUN stuff, THE WEATHERING!!!

I sincerely hope this is helpful and can be used as an instructive tutorial.

GARY