painting questions

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Darth Domain, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    I had begun painting the black sections on my second rubies upgrade yesterday. I had used fine line masking tape to do the curved areas etc. i gave the helmet three goods coats with 20 mins between coats then began removing the masking tape and to my horror the tape was pulling away the gunmetal, the gloss black and even the primer underneath. Now, i was a little **ed at this but thought oh well, back to the begining.
    So i have had to rough sand the whole facemask again and will need to re-prime etc.
    My question is, how could this have happened? The masking tape is not particularly high tack and this is the same method i had used on my first rubies with no probs.
    Any one any ideas/tips
    Cheers
     
  2. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    As it's so cold at the moment, the paint may not have properly cured.

    Also, what sort of making tape are you using? I find Scotch 3M blue painters tape to be the best stuff to use (its available at B&Q).
     
  3. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    Cheers, the mask has been in my little workshop room which gets warm. I can only think that i did not sand the mask enough or apply enough coats of primer etc. That tape you mentioned, is it designed for going round curves etc?
     
  4. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    You have to cut it to shape round the curves.
     
  5. Darth Detroit

    Darth Detroit Sr Member

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    There are a few factors to take into consideration. Obviously you just eliminated room temp.

    1. Sanding. If you did not completely sand the area then the primer willl not stick.
    2. Blue 3M masking tape is good, but so is automotive pinstriping.
    3. Or you can just dry brush the black areas, then clear coat over it.
    My 2 cents :)
     

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