I started by taking apart the WFC Bumblebee figure. Some parts are held in by pins so they need to be masked. Other parts like the windows that are painted on, also need to be masked. In other words, anything you don't want painted needs to be masked. Once everything was masked, I proceeded to spray the pieces by starting with a very slight misting to build tack on the surface since I wasn't priming nor did I prepare the surface. Thats right, no cleaning. This was to be a lazy man's job. So why did I use lacquer instead of enamel? Simple. Laquer is easier to work with, yields much better results for minimal prep oh and it dries fast as hell. After dealing with lacquers, I no longer use enamels for paint-jobs. They may not give the most absolute glossiest shine but its damn close. Especially when using Testors brand stuff. Anyways, once I gave everything a good amount of coats, I started to spray the clear coat. The clear coat not only protects the color, but it adds an amazing gloss. That way you can transform it several times without any chipping.
Once I put Bumblebee back together I took some shots of both modes so I can show it off. I was going to leave it looking like a brand new, off-the-assembly-line Bumblebee, but the I decided to weather the non yellow parts to make it look even cooler. I'm glad I did! I used a silver marker that actually applies wet and allows you to smear it before it dries. By smearing it looks like weathered metal. It does the job great. I love that marker. Then I used one of those little Testors enamel bottles to provide the rust color on the panels of the feet since feet get the most wear and tear.
It's hard to capture the metallic finish, but I assure you, it really wakes up the figure tons. I'm not a huge fan of Bumblebee especially after the mind numbing amount of variations available after the movie release.
While I did not want to apply rust to any part of his body (I assume they are just made of a corrosion resistant alloy) I did decide to apply rust to the plates on the sides of his leg. You'll notice the rust stains run down as if water has been corroding it over time. The application of rust on only this part gives the effect that this part of his body is made of a different material, perhaps replaceable part.Also notice the silver markings also running down the feet. You want to make sure the feet show a lot of silver as this is a high wear area.
Oh I almost forgot, since I painted over that weak Autobot logo it came with, I opted not to spend money and make my own using some very expensive water transfer paper I had from a while back. Once out of the printer, I clear coated the sticker and applied a sparkle to it. After soaking it in water, I slid it off the backing and applied it to "Gold Bug". Perhaps one day I will apply one of the Repro Labels Autobot decals. Sadly I never took a photo. If I get a chance I will update this post with a photo of my custom Autobot logo.