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Masking over Tamiya TS rattle can paints?

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Masking over Tamiya TS rattle can paints?
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:11 PM

Has anyone ever masked over Tamiya TS rattle can paints with Tamiya yellow masking tape without pulling it up?

I'm trying these paints on a Ferrari FXX K model because they dry almost instantaneoulsy which helps to prevent dust in the gloss paint.


The TS paints are a very "Hot" paint which are being applied over Tamiya white surface primer. I'm painting the yellow and black scheme hence the masking .


Thanks for relating any direct experiences on this paint.



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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:46 PM

Try it on a scrap kit...

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:06 PM

I don't have experience with that. I would say- let the first color dry for one week. I always try to with enamels and lacquers.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:23 AM

I’ve only used Tamiya rattle can paints once. No masking was involved. Plus side- I loved the color. Downside- I just don’t care for the control level of rattle cans. I need to try that decanting thing next time...


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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:35 AM

I masked over my Ducati and it was 2 day old ts8.  Granted it was lightly masked with the wide Tamiya yellow tape, but I saw no issues.  In watching the online build for the tricolores version the builder only used tamiya rattle cans and tamiya supplied (yellow) masks and produced a flawless finish.  I would do as GM says for any significant masking and give it 7 days to cure.  I found these finishes lay down really nice having done British racing green, lime green and Italian red and they are very durable.  Fine with handling, decaling and setting solutions.  I'm a big fan of the TS paints I've used.  They level really nice and produce a deep finish right out of the can.



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Posted by jeffpez on Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:50 AM

I've masked over TS paint several times without any issues after letting the first coat dry overnite. My only concern is that because you have little control over how much paint comes out of the can it's easy to get a build up next to the masking tape that will then leave a ridge. I'd suggest you decant the paint you're using for the second coat and spray it with your airbrush. It's more work but well worth the effort.

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Posted by Wilbur Wright on Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:38 AM

Thanks for these replies they will help.


I'm using these paints because of the very fast tack free time which will help to avoid dust on a model like this.  I've also heard that it's much easier to polish out a spec of dust from this paint when dry. My last Ferrari model was painted with MM enamels (Italian Red, airbrushed) with a very slow tack free time.  Even in a prepared environment one spec of dust can be a nightmare to gloss models like this.

Thanks Again Men

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Posted by Starganderfish on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9:43 PM

To slightly flip this question on its head, what's good for masking UNDER Tamiya TS Paints? I decant the TS rattle cans for use in my airbrush (they're gorgeous colours and finish) I normally use simple masking tape but I have to mask off some small, oddly shaped clear windows. I have Vallejo Liquid Mask but I worry that the Synthetic Lacquer of the TS paint will simply dissolve the mask? What about Maskol or other liquid masks? Would any of those stand up to the TS lacquer or will the paint just dissolve a liquid mask?


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