1. marsattack's Avatar
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    May 2008
    Nov 8, 2008, 7:57 AM - tips on jetpack painting #1

    Hi guys : I have in the past taken so much info from TDH that maybe it is time now to give something back. For some it may be easy to paint but for some it isn't.
    I have read everywhere about layering techniques using masking fluid for chips etc, but it does not really explain HOW to apply it to achieve those effects, as it can be really difficult and even destroy the project if not done right.
    I also paint military models such as tanks and they have heavy weathering , so i would like to share with you some tips on how to achieve these.

    The photos below is my work in progress where the BLUE will show the chips and the yellow multiple paint layers effects and heavy weathering.

    I would also like to say that everything that is painted and chips will not necessary be shiny metal underneath, where in most cases the metal damages aswell and scuffs just like paint would.

    So if you like what you see read on:

    First prime entire surface
    Spray silver /metal coat.
    Sand down silver paint with wet sandpaper under water, this will make the silver dull and scratch the surface, even removing some silver exposing the undercoat, this is a true effect as any metal surface before painting would be primed.
    For the masking fluid I used MASKIT it is a lot more liquid than say humbrol masking fluid so it is perfect for the next few steps.
    For large areas use back or front of a pencil, foil anything that may create a odd shape always finish the streak with a sharp point and try not to duplicate the pattern.
    For the minor and minute chips found on the sides and middle, grab an old sponge (the one to wash dishes) break it , dip it in fluid and dab the surface, this will put small dots of fluid randomly, thus creating fantastic paint chips .Try to concentrate where the scratches would happen such as all high ridges, lower parts are meerly for effects as it would be harder to scratch. . It would take hours to do it correctly using a single haired brush.
    Once dry , spray paint , in this case yellow, once yellow is dry , do not remove the masking fluid yet, spray a mist of black from a far .
    Let it dry , remove all masking fluid and again hit with wet sandpaper to unify and remove most black mist . What you want to achieve here is a weathered paint coat .
    Now masking fluid out again , fill out larger areas of chips including yellow paint so the fluid is covering metal and some yellow. Fill airbrush or grab your yellow spray can and give it another coat.
    You have now created a scratched base , a previous paint job and a newer paint job.

    In the above pic I removed some of the bottom fluid and you can see the effect of what was covered the second time with fluid, and the fluid that has not being removed yet (higher)
    As i like heavy weathering and ageing this was one way to go
    The blue shows the effect of sponge.

    We are not finish yet , I will post out next the use of oils and pastels on top of this to create rust , paint fade and streaks,once I do it and show them with pics.
    I welcome all imput and suggestions/questions.
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  3. rdhawk's Avatar
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    Oct 2008
    Nov 8, 2008, 9:58 AM - Re: tips on jetpack painting #2

    Wow! Thanks for the lesson, that will definitely come in handy later!
  4. suspect86's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    Nov 8, 2008, 12:53 PM - Re: tips on jetpack painting #3

    Wet sanding under water???
    Dang, I wish I had thought of that.

    Looking great!!
  5. marsattack's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2008
    Nov 8, 2008, 3:48 PM - Re: tips on jetpack painting #4

    yeah , if you do too much , you cover the section and spray again

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