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Tack rag suggestions please
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:50 PM

What are modelers using as a track rag. The ones that are available at places like Home Depot are really stiff and don't work very well. Any suggestions? 

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:58 PM

My go to has been Testor's Model Master Tack cloth.

Having used nothing else, this nothing more than sharing what I've used. I have no idea how they might stack up against other products, but I've been satisfied.

 

-Greg

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:49 PM

Greg

My go to has been Testor's Model Master Tack cloth.

Having used nothing else, this nothing more than sharing what I've used. I have no idea how they might stack up against other products, but I've been satisfied.

 

 

Thanks Greg.  I'll give those a try. Amazon does not have those so I'll try ebay.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:23 PM

You're sure welcome, Johny. Hope you can find some and they work out for you.

I tended to pick mine up at a HobbyLobby, but that's probably not an option right now.

-Greg

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:44 PM

I don't use tack rags.  I find that they have a "sticky" feel, that rubs off on my hands.  I can't  help but think that whatever that waxy sticky stuff is, will rub off onto the model and adversely affect painting.  If I need to clean a model before painting, I use dish detergent and water, and let it air dry overnight.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:33 PM

Cadet Chuck

I don't use tack rags.  I find that they have a "sticky" feel, that rubs off on my hands.  I can't  help but think that whatever that waxy sticky stuff is, will rub off onto the model and adversely affect painting.  If I need to clean a model before painting, I use dish detergent and water, and let it air dry overnight.

 

I know the tack rags that you are referring to. They are sold at Home Depot. I also wash my models with soap and water prior to panting, but I need something to remove the dust immediatly prior to painting. 

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:34 PM

Cadet Chuck

I don't use tack rags.  I find that they have a "sticky" feel, that rubs off on my hands.  I can't  help but think that whatever that waxy sticky stuff is, will rub off onto the model and adversely affect painting.  If I need to clean a model before painting, I use dish detergent and water, and let it air dry overnight.

 

i've wondered the same about that tackiness rubbing off on the model, Chuck.

I think that was a good observation to post.

-Greg

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:22 PM

I agree with Chuck 100%. I have some of those "stickey" tack rags in the basement. I stopped using those on my models because they would leave a stickey residue behind. Has anyone used a microfiber cloth as a tack rag?

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:02 PM

Blow them down with air from the compressor.  will remove virtually all of it. Only time I'd tack one off is a car body.

Don't know what they use on the hobby type ones, but the automotive ones used to be some kind of varnish or shellac.  Trick is to LIGHTLY drag one across without putting any pressure on it.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 27, 2020 2:18 PM

I use a paper towel with some isopropyl on it.  No sticky residue.  It doesn't last long- evaporates very fast, but does let the towel pick up a lot of lint and sanding dust while it stays wet. You just have to keep putting it on.  I use it on enamels and lacquers.  Never tried it on acrylics, though.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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