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Q. re: Bare metal foil as a masking agent.

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Canada
Posted by tknight on Thursday, February 6, 2003 8:58 PM
I am trying to use bare metal foil on some 1/72 scale aircraft canopies with
little success. I am using a black coloured foil. Is their a difference in
the adhesive qualities of this product between the different variations?
When I peel back the trimmed portion I quite often get the rest coming with
it Eight Ball [8]
Regards, Tim
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by weebles on Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:39 PM
Here's some tips I believe I received from Paul Boyer of FSM. Bare Metal foil does a nice job for masking if you...
1. Do a clear coat of Future floor polish on the canopy and let dry for a good 24 hours.
2. Apply the foil and burnish it with something like a cotton swab or rounded piece of wood. You want to make sure you get into all the corners.
3. Scribe around the canopy frames with a no. 11 hobby knife. You want a good clean line so make sure you don't wander away from the lines.
4. Don't leave the foil on too long! I made that mistake once and paid the price. If you get the foil off within the first day or so you'll have no problems. If you leave it on for a month it becomes one with the canopy. Don't go there!

I've never heard of the color or associated adhesive being an issue. That's about all I can tell you. Perhaps somebody else has a thought.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 7, 2003 11:34 AM
Make sure you use a FRESH blade when cutting foil. It's worth the 10 cents and you will not have the same troubles as using a dull knife.

  • Member since
    February 2003
Posted by ponch on Friday, February 21, 2003 12:30 AM
Can anybody tell me where I can get Bare Metal Foil? I've asked for it in pretty much every single hobby shop in town and nobody carries it...does it have anything different as a brand name or something???
Thanks in advance



  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by weebles on Friday, February 21, 2003 10:38 PM
Order it on line direct from them. Here is their link...

While you're there be sure to read some of their articles. They cary many fine products too.

Good luck!

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