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#1 Dwreck23

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:35 AM

Looking at all of the models on the website it seems that you all really know what you are doing when it comes to the above topic. I have tried masking around the trim and painting it but it nevers leaves a clean line. I have used a fine point Sharpie that looks alright but the color isn't to my liking. Anyone else out there have any other suggestions? It's frustrating to lay down a decent paint job and then jack it all up when you can't leave a good line.

 

Also having the same issue painting the inside edges of the windshields when the handy stickers aren't provided like some of the Tamiya kits.

 

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#2 MrObsessive

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:55 AM

Some may think this is a waste, but I use Bare Metal Foil for masking those areas as you've described. The reason being, BMF leaves a very clean sharp division, especially when burnished thoroughly. I don't do many modern cars, but here are a few examples where I have used BMF to mask off areas that require black trim. BTW, the paint I use is Polly Scale's Engine Black. It has just the right sheen IMO for window trim, and leaves no brush marks.

 

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I had a couple other pics I wanted to show, but it seems as though they've taken a permanent leave of absence via Fotki. :angry:

 

Anyway, I hope this helps!


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:21 PM

No question about it .. BMF is the only way .. and it's not even obsessive!



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

I use Tamiya tape. The edge is pretty sharp by itself, if it's burnished well, but a trick I learned is the lay the tape on your cutting board and use a ruler to slice the tape in half. With a sharp #11, the two "inside edges" will be super-sharp. Just remember to burnish, burnish, burnish!

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:02 PM

Just to be clear, are we talking about painting stainless steel trim or black trim. I guess the answer to both would be Bare Metal Foil. Burnish it down and trim the excess off for silver accents. Or as a paint mask as mentioned above.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

Just to be clear, are we talking about painting stainless steel trim or black trim. I guess the answer to both would be Bare Metal Foil. Burnish it down and trim the excess off for silver accents. Or as a paint mask as mentioned above.


Or mask with BMF and paint with Alclad II for chrome or metal trim.

I second the use of BMF for masking. You can cut it so easily on the model that you don't cut into the paint - unlike masking tape, which requires a heavier hand.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:59 AM

I have the same issues and have wrecked 2 paint jobs so far. 

When i do make a mistake and get Flat Black Tamiya paint all over my nice new paint job.  What is the best way to clean it up and salvage the situation?

 

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:34 AM

I have the same issues and have wrecked 2 paint jobs so far. 
When i do make a mistake and get Flat Black Tamiya paint all over my nice new paint job.  What is the best way to clean it up and salvage the situation?
 
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Lots of different ways. Usually I use a little rubbing compound and a soft flannel rag to tighten up the edge. The bleed under usually isn't that thick. Maybe use a polishing kitt to knock down the edge... depending on paint types say acrylic was used for the trim on an enamel paint job use a cotton swap with a little thinner to clean it up. Lots of different ways to skin this cat.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:52 AM

I usually paint it on by hand, and use a toothpick to touch up the edges by lightly rubbing off the excess.  If I'm trying to be really careful about the edge, I'll go around the edge first with a micron pen.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:15 AM

I had trouble with this I hated tapeing and it bled underneath. The thing that has made my builds look 100 times better liquid mask brush or spray it on then just take a blade and clean up the edge works everytime for me . Oh when your done just rinse masking off with water

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

I had trouble with this I hated tapeing and it bled underneath. The thing that has made my builds look 100 times better liquid mask brush or spray it on then just take a blade and clean up the edge works everytime for me . Oh when your done just rinse masking off with water

Thanks for all the tips.  How do you make crisp sharp lines with the liquid mask? 

 

BTW:  I'm using Tamiya Spray paint with Dupli-color clear and Tamiya black paint for the trim brushed on.

 

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