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04-26-2009 03:12 PM  9 years agoPost 1
mdu6

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I'm painting a canopy with a series of stripes.

I'm using 3M blue tape, and it's going well except I'm not sure
if I should try to gently 'knock' down the tape lines as I progress or should I wait at the end.

The question comes as I will need to mask over one region that was just painted, so this requires to 'blue' tape over the previous line.
The line is sharp and clean, but there is a very small lip showing at a couple of places.

thanks,

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04-26-2009 03:18 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Steff Giguere

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Hope you post a picture once your finished.

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04-26-2009 08:18 PM  9 years agoPost 3
BEAR

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Dont sand the lines yet put a couple of coats of clear on 1st then when that is hard sand it back with some 1200 wet n dry then reclear, thats how I do it any way.

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04-26-2009 08:57 PM  9 years agoPost 4
mdu6

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The problem is that I'm not finish yet, still have to paint other stripes. Because of that I will need to mask over previous stripes which have very small tape lines (lips) showing.

I just don't want to have paint coming under the tape.

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04-26-2009 09:03 PM  9 years agoPost 5
BEAR

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What I do is when im at a stage that im happy with what ive done so far I put a coat of clear on too seal what ive done then do some more, but I can do the clear at work so its no hastle for me to do

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04-26-2009 10:04 PM  9 years agoPost 6
TaleGunner

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What kind of paint? I use a lite clear base then sand lightly then move on but I also use auto air water based paint. If your using enamel or lacquer color sand the tape edges.

CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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04-27-2009 12:35 AM  9 years agoPost 7
mdu6

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It's lacquer

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04-27-2009 01:00 AM  9 years agoPost 8
TaleGunner

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Then color sand the edges and move on to tape for the next spray.

I love auto air but contrary to what they say it doesn't like to color sanded

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04-27-2009 01:29 AM  9 years agoPost 9
mdu6

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thanks, that's what I will do

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04-27-2009 01:40 AM  9 years agoPost 10
JuanRodriguez

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Just be careful....
When you sand the "edges", otherwise you'll blow through and loose your crisp line.....

I just clear coated these wheelpants today..... the "red" was painted and had a little "ridge" after the fineline tape was removed..... I lightly sanded that color..... once you spray the clear, it almost dissapears......

Sometimes you just have to say, "that's good enough"..... if you know what I mean !!!

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05-09-2009 03:07 AM  9 years agoPost 11
mdu6

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It's done, I'm happy with the results.

Thanks to RyanW for the inspiration on the color scheme.

http://runryder.com/gallery/1338/

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05-09-2009 03:13 AM  9 years agoPost 12
Steff Giguere

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Very nice. What heli does this canopy go on? Will you fly it tomorrow morning at CRASH?

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05-09-2009 03:16 AM  9 years agoPost 13
mdu6

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This is for the AirSkipper50.

Yes, I may go early as they are forecasting thunder storms in the afternoon.

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05-18-2009 06:25 PM  9 years agoPost 14
no1pylon

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Are you talking about the edge of the masking where paint builds in the corner. I had this prob and found that lip could be reduced by building coats up thinner instead of putting heavy coats on.

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05-18-2009 10:08 PM  9 years agoPost 15
mdu6

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yes, in my case it was because of the number of colors (5),
so the white was 'lower' than the other colors. Before clearing
I just gently 'knock' the edges and it turned out OK.

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05-18-2009 11:41 PM  9 years agoPost 16
no1pylon

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Ah right I see you ended up with lots of layers of colours. Do you think you could have painted them in a different order to minimize the edge. I know when im planning a paint job I always try to figure this out, saves weight and helps the edges.

Shane

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05-19-2009 12:02 AM  9 years agoPost 17
mdu6

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Yes, probably, this was my 'first' real stripe paint job.

This is how I chose to do it, (after the primer).

Painted everything aluminium (this supposely helps with light colors going on afterward - red + white in my case)
Then painted the bottom red
Then painted the sides white
Then painted the dark gray
Then finaly the windshield area black smoke

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06-10-2009 06:38 PM  9 years agoPost 18
no1pylon

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Maybe next time go everything white and then mask off your sections and paint, then your edge would only be one layer thick. Should be fine with opaque colours over light colours.

Its a nice looking canopy, you did a good job on it.

Shane

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06-11-2009 07:06 PM  9 years agoPost 19
MrMel

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I use "Inter-clear" method.
(from airbrushtricks.com)

Stripe it, use rattle can clear-coat, just a thin layer.
Then spray your paint upon it (no issue with water-based paint on clear)

Then you get razor-sharp lines.

I use this method to get perfect lines between colors too.

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06-11-2009 10:46 PM  9 years agoPost 20
no1pylon

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Yeah its a good technique especially if you don't want to mask over a fragile edge etc

Good tip

Shane

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