I shot TF a mail about this, but haven't heard back from him yet (I imagine he's extremely busy), so a toss of the question out to everyone else...
I've recently embarked on painting up my own FP Prem helmet and have been following the "One last wafer thin ESB paint job..." thread by Terminal Fettler. I've been struggling with masking detail, which immediately signaled that something's amiss. Here's the steps I've been taking:
The problem comes up with the masking material. The fluid I'm using is either too runny to retain the fine detail required (the Masquepen) or dries too fast (Windsor & Newton). With the W&N fluid, the initial viscosity is pretty good, but it builds up on the brush very quickly, making it nearly impossible to paint in the fine detail of the template. Additionally, it dries so quickly that by the time I've cleaned the brush of excess fluid, adding new fluid to the necessary area tends to lift up the already dried mask.
- Print out sections from Count Dookie's templates
- Transfer the template to the helmet via tracing with graphite paper
- Masking the template outline with either Windsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid and/or Masquepen
- Airbrushing the masked section
Has anyone discovered these problems and figure out a way around them? Am I using the wrong masking fluid? It seems a number of folks have had success with the W & N masking fluid, so I don't think that's the issue. Part of it might be the environment I'm in -- the garage I'm working in can get fairly hot.
Any advice or shared experiences would be appreciated.