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    December 2002
MASKING FOR TWO TONES
Posted by SNOOPY on Friday, January 3, 2003 11:39 AM
I have recently painted and model where I painted white over styrene as a base coat. After a few days I masked over the areas where I whated to keep white. I used brand new drafting tape (3M). I then proceded to spray color number two, a light blue) in the areas I wanted. When I thought things where dry enough I pulled the masking off. I did not see any paint come of with the tape and it ddoes not appear to have left an adhesive residue but the gloss white is no longer gloss. It looks kind of rough looking but it is not tape adhesive. Any ideas? Could it be that the top of the paint was dry but underneath was still wet so when I lifted the mask it took the gloss with it. I probably should have looked at the tape closer to see if any thing stuck to it. I did look at some peices and it seem fine but it still is not glossy.

Scott
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 3, 2003 12:17 PM
It sounds as though your gloss white was not completely dry. If you are in an area with high humidity, it might take as long as a week before the paint "cures" enough to mask over. I have had better luck when masking with either Para Film or Scotch Magic Transparent tape. Take some of the "tack" off the tape by first sticking it to your forearm before applying to the area to be masked. Good luck.
Dick McC
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 13, 2003 8:46 AM
One issue like that one you mention ocurrs when using Metalizers from Model Master, the masking tape affects the painted surface no matter if it's cured. To avoid this problem you can mask your model using pieces of news paper, wetted and previously shaped to the camouflage scheme you want. Use a droplet to keep them wet enough and stay sticked to the surface.

Hope this helps
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Posted by jcarlberg on Monday, January 13, 2003 10:08 AM
What works for me is, 1. Make sure the base color is cured--2-3 days with flats, 1-2 weeks for gloss. 2. Use a low-tack mask, such as Tamiya or Pactra or 3M Blue. If you are going to use a cellotape like Scotch Magic, "de-tack" by sticking it to skin or smooth non-linting cloth first. 3. Remove the mask as soon as possible after painting, and don't mask until ready to paint.
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