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  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Pottsboro,Tx
Minimizing masking tape lines
Posted by Mars on Monday, July 03, 2017 2:20 PM

I painted a plane and used regular masking tape and it left a significant line. I now have Tamiya tape hoping it is thinner. How can I reduce the height of the paint line?

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, July 03, 2017 2:26 PM
You need to spray away from the the tape line not into it to avoid build up.Also perhaps you are spraying with too much paint or to much PSI.Less is better in both cases. As far as fixing the result you have,i'm not sure,you may need to repaint.You will probably here from others about that.

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Pottsboro,Tx
Posted by Mars on Monday, July 03, 2017 2:28 PM

Tojo72
You need to spray away from the the tape line not into it to avoid build up.Also perhaps you are spraying with too much paint or to much PSI.Less is better in both cases. As far as fixing the result you have,i'm not sure,you may need to repaint.You will probably here from others about that.
 

Tojo72
You need to spray away from the the tape line not into it to avoid build up.Also perhaps you are spraying with too much paint or to much PSI.Less is better in both cases. As far as fixing the result you have,i'm not sure,you may need to repaint.You will probably here from others about that.
 

Yes, sounds good

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, July 03, 2017 5:13 PM

I wouldn't use regular masking tape. Use yellow Frog painter tape from Walmart. It's the same stuff as Tamiya tape.

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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, July 03, 2017 5:15 PM

Mars

How can I reduce the height of the paint line?

 

 

Spray in several light coats.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 9:20 AM

If the first color is nice and smooth, I can generally get by with a single coat of succeeding colors, which helps reduce the step.  Also, clearcoats sort of reduce the step.

If there is too much of a step, or any fuzz, I will use 1000 grit wet paper to get rid of it.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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