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Help with removing finger print in paint

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  • Member since
    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Help with removing finger print in paint
Posted by route62 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:53 AM

After spraying on some gloss red tamiya paint, i started to remove the masking tape and before I knew it I touched a bit of the painted area.  It left a finger print.  I do not want to sand the area as there is molded rivet detail and a few swipes of sanding would remove the detail.  

I was thinking of just dipping a paint brush or cotton swab into some tamiya thinner of 91% alcohol to "re wet" the paint and remove the finger print.  I could then remask and re paint the area to clean it up. 

Any other suggestions to preserve the rivet detail and remove the finger print?



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    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:21 PM

Been there, done that.

You could try your idea; I don't know if the oils from your finger skin might not allow the new coat of paint to stick properly.

Would polishing with a dry cloth, say a clean T-shirt do it?

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  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:46 PM

Been there and done that.  Now I wear vinyl gloves when I paint.

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:47 AM

Using very fine paper like 1000 grit, it will take quite a bit of sanding before you get into the molded plastic and start destroying detail.  Just keep checking visually every few strokes. I have sanded out finger prints.  Also, you don't need a very heavy coat of paint to cover up what is left of the finish, so the further paint doesn't do much to harm the detail.


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Posted by modelmaker66 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:27 PM
I have done this too and yes the q-tip and thinner carefully will work great.
  • Member since
    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:26 AM
Thanks for the help. I ended up dipping cotton swabs in 91% alcohol. It did the trick. Did a little touch up respray and I am back on track.


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