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Best liquid mask?
Posted by TxAggie05 on Sunday, June 19, 2016 12:32 AM

whats the best liquid mask to use?  I primarily use Vallejo acrylics and was wondering which was the best liquid mask when using acrylics. ive seen 3; Vallejo mask, humbrol, and micromasK. What is the best in your experience? I saw cheaper masking solutions for watercolor painting. Anyone ever use those or should I stick with a modeling brand?  Thanks!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:46 AM

I see no one's jumping in,I never use liquid masking.I only tried some stuff years ago on a canopy and it was a mess.So I have avoided it.I would be interested I hearing if the newer stuff works better also.

What are you trying to mask ?

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Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 8:20 AM

TxAggie05
I primarily use Vallejo acrylics and was wondering which was the best liquid mask when using acrylics.

Be aware that certain latex-based liquid mask solutions aren't really acrylic friendly. Humbrol Maskol and Mr Hobby (Gunze) Mr Masking Sol Neo will eat through (Tamiya) acrylics if applied too heavily. I'd suggest that if you're using one of these over acrylics, test on a test mule, apply as thinly as you can, allow to dry and re-coat if required

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Posted by TxAggie05 on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:39 PM

Tojo72

I see no one's jumping in,I never use liquid masking.I only tried some stuff years ago on a canopy and it was a mess.So I have avoided it.I would be interested I hearing if the newer stuff works better also.

What are you trying to mask ?

 

my wife just got me Star Wars slave 1 from bandai. I wanted to do some chipping effects when painting. 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:43 PM

I have never found a liquid mask that was any good at all.  So I just don't use the stuff.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, June 24, 2016 7:50 AM

I tried liquid mask from " The Detailer" and had mixed results.  First I thought it was too thin and hard to remove in places that touched the painted canopy frames. It is a purple colored solution and actually died the interior clear plastic windows with a purple hue.  There is probably a better brand out there but that was the only one I tried using.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:38 PM

TxAggie05
 
Tojo72

I see no one's jumping in,I never use liquid masking.I only tried some stuff years ago on a canopy and it was a mess.So I have avoided it.I would be interested I hearing if the newer stuff works better also.

What are you trying to mask ?

 

 

 

my wife just got me Star Wars slave 1 from bandai. I wanted to do some chipping effects when painting. 

 

 

You could try dry brushing chips,or the "Salt Method" or the "Hairspray Technique" to simulate paint chipping.Just use the search feature and there should be a myriad of threads describing the process.

salt is pretty simple

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, July 01, 2016 9:37 AM

Tojo72

 

 
TxAggie05
 
Tojo72

I see no one's jumping in,I never use liquid masking.I only tried some stuff years ago on a canopy and it was a mess.So I have avoided it.I would be interested I hearing if the newer stuff works better also.

What are you trying to mask ?

 

 

 

my wife just got me Star Wars slave 1 from bandai. I wanted to do some chipping effects when painting. 

 

 

 

 

You could try dry brushing chips,or the "Salt Method" or the "Hairspray Technique" to simulate paint chipping.Just use the search feature and there should be a myriad of threads describing the process.

salt is pretty simple

 

I just posted some shots of my Japanese Nell in the aircraft section.  I used the drybrush method for some of the missing paint, and a toothpick tip for some of the smaller chips.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, July 01, 2016 10:44 AM
I use "Bob Dively Liquid Masking film" on occasion. It was designed for RC models. I have to apply a few coats but if dries fast. It works fine on small areas and removes with water. I will dip a toothpick into water and use it to remove the mask. I’ve tried it on larger areas but found regular masking works better for that.

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Monday, July 25, 2016 1:50 PM

My wife brought home some stuff called "Fineline Masking Fluid Pen" from one of her craft events.  It works about as well as others, but has the added feature of being dispensed from a fine nib:

http://www.ellenhutson.com/fineline-masking-fluid-pen/

As others have said, you HAVE to apply multiple coats before you paint, but it does okay.  Better than trying to cut masking tape around complex shapes.

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Posted by echolmberg on Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:09 AM

I hope nobody minds if I reply to this older thread but I just wanted to add my 2 cents, for what it's worth.  I've used liquid masking agents before but, as others had mentioned above, none of them ever worked to my satisfaction.  Instead, I kinda make my own now.

I use Elmer's white glue mixed with just a drop or two of water at the most.  Then I add just the smallest bit of liquid dish soap to break the surface tension.  After mixing it up, I use paint brushes and/or toothpicks to mask off those nasty canopies with all the framework.  B-36 and Avenger canopies are no longer a problem for me.  

Eric

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:10 AM

Belueve it or not !

    I accidently used Elmers on a vehicle model .Didn't realize it till I pulled it off .Result ? One beautiful station Wagon . I next used it on the MONOGRAM B - 36 . Worked great !.

 I mostly don't mask something unless it requires a hard line .  T.B.

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Posted by Gymbo-59 on Friday, January 13, 2017 11:34 AM

echolmberg

I hope nobody minds if I reply to this older thread but I just wanted to add my 2 cents, for what it's worth.  I've used liquid masking agents before but, as others had mentioned above, none of them ever worked to my satisfaction.  Instead, I kinda make my own now.

I use Elmer's white glue mixed with just a drop or two of water at the most.  Then I add just the smallest bit of liquid dish soap to break the surface tension.  After mixing it up, I use paint brushes and/or toothpicks to mask off those nasty canopies with all the framework.  B-36 and Avenger canopies are no longer a problem for me.  

Eric

 

Definitely going to try this.  On a scrap canopy to practice first of coarse. 

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Posted by JohnMatt on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 10:13 PM

Like others, I've tried the Bob Dively stuff and it didn't work.  And yes, I applied multiple layers.

While this is not actually masking, per se, you did mention you were interested in using it for chipping...

I've actually used regular old silicone bathroom caulk for larger areas I wanted expose for a rust effect.  Worked fine.

You can see the blob here on therear of this strut.

I also ran a series of experiments with the AK chipping fluid.  I'd read that if you left it on for more than 20 minutes, the chips became very large.  Not so.  At 1.5 hours they were still very reasonable.  The bottom two are the 2 hr and 3 hr mark.

The finished product isn't very nuanced but it was my first build.  Both methods are used here.

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