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what do you use to mask prior to painting?


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#1 wayneman

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 01:54 PM

I recently posted a question about airbrushing nail polish and wanted to thank everyone again. Not sure I will do it again but it is better. Just a lot more hassle - to me anyway. So now that I have sprayed sanded and polished I am ready to try some creative designs and I am not really sure what to use to mask the design. I was thinking about using some bare mettle foil,
I have sprayed my base color and now I want to lay down the foil , or something so that after I spray the major color, it can be removed, revealing the design. I am sort of worried about using masking tape because it may adhere too good and mess up the paint below.
I know the foil is sort of expensive for this purpose. Any ideas? I am open to some commercial masking but what I have found is tape and not suitable for cutting a design into.
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Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:46 PM

Tamiya makes a great line of masking tapes in varying widths that are great for masking models. It's thinner than commercial tape i.e. the blue stuff. You should be able to find it at a local hobby shop or from many places online.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 04:07 PM

X2 Ryan good advice, I use the same Tamiya tape, great stuff and I have never had an issue with it......

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 01:59 AM

Thanks. I will take a look and see if I can get some that is really wide. I suppose I could put it down on some wax paper, cut the design, and then "re-stick" it to the model.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:07 PM

I've used many different masking tapes in my past and the one that turned out to be the absolute winner is Tamiya ;) Currently I'm using the 6mm and 18mm stuff and they pretty much cover all my masking-tape-needs ;)

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:55 PM

anything that is not crepe paper based for house painting.. also the thinner the better , like 3m fine line or tamiya.
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