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Old 05-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, has anybody figured out how to mask a foamy to do multi color detail painting and get clean lines? I've tryed green painters tape but it even peels anything underneath. Just wondering if there is a good option or someone has some tricks I haven't thought of.

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've painted different kinds of foam planes, using blue 3M tape. That probably doesn't give as fine a line as green, but haven't had trouble with sticking too hard and peeling off whatever is underneath. Used on Depron, EPP, and Elaptor (EPO I think).

If you're going to use a standard spray can (rattle can) I have had good results from Krylon "Fusion", available from local hardware store. Doesn't melt foam like some do.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is the paint job I just did on my Wildcat ( now calling it a Wildtiger).

Can't tell you how I did it because then I'd have to kill you.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Was just kidding about having to kill you.

The method is very simple. First a coat of white primer, then the florescent orange. For the black stripes I just found some pictures of tigers that I liked the stripes in and printed them out on a standard printer. Cut out the stripes with a razor knife and use the remaining picture as a mask. Lay it over the surface to be painted and if possible pull it tight down onto the surface. Spray the black and immediately lift the mask.

If you wanted to paint stripes or separate two colors with a straight line use a sheet of paper to wrap around the surface and pull it tight. Or use the green masking tape but put it around the wing or fuselage with the sticky side up, pull it tight and stick it to itself so that the glue doesn't pull your paint off.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The WildTiger looks great!!!
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks,

This is going to be a recurring theme on most of my birds, heli's as well as planks. Dogfighter was the first to get the stripes. Next is the Starmax Spitfire, but its only going to have the stripes in tear away sections.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Very nicely done
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