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PINEWOOD DERBY TIP Painting Platform
Regarding painting. We've found that salvaging the rotator motor out of an old microwave oven makes a handy tool for a small paint booth. The motors usually rotate about 6 RPM.
I mounted one inside a cardboard box and made a round platform that a pinewood derby car sits on. I put a couple of washers under the car so that the platform and car won't stick together when I spray them.
As the motor rotates it's pretty easy to get a nice even coat of paint. It takes several rotations to get into all the nooks and crannies, but they usually come out pretty good.
After I've applied the paint I swing a spot lamp onto the fresh paint to help it dry a little quicker.
It's a pretty crude setup, but it works great and didn't cost a thing.