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  1. formerly Boba_Fett_03 Duran_Lomax's Avatar
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    Sep 23, 2006, 5:13 PM - Rubber Cement? #1

    For weathering the helmet, I have heard of several techniques; liquid masking being the one that comes up the most. I was wondering if rubber cement would be a good substitute; has anyone tried this?
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    Sep 23, 2006, 5:20 PM - Re: Rubber Cement? #2

    Personally I use mustard from the fridge, but I have never heard of anyone using rubber cement. If you want to try it out, try it on the back of the armour or so just so you don't ruin a bucket.
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    Sep 24, 2006, 1:51 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #3

    Well, why wouldn't you try a product that is designed for masking?
    I mean, rubber cement is. . . cement. I haven't tried it for masking, but I would think it would be much harder to get off. It's also much thicker, and would be hard to paint on for really complex shapes.
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    Sep 24, 2006, 1:53 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #4

    Rubber cement may also take off layers of paint under what you're masking...
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    Sep 24, 2006, 8:33 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #5

    Ive never heard of that being used but that doesnt mean its a bad idea, keep us posted as to how you get on
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    Sep 24, 2006, 9:13 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #6

    YEah, there was a time when I used rubber cement for masking... to be honest it worked pretty good...
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    Sep 24, 2006, 1:09 PM - Re: Rubber Cement? #7

    Personally I use mustard from the fridge, but I have never heard of anyone using rubber cement. If you want to try it out, try it on the back of the armour or so just so you don't ruin a bucket.

    Mustard, eh? If the rubber cement turns out to be a fiasco, I'll definately give that a try.


    Well, why wouldn't you try a product that is designed for masking?
    I mean, rubber cement is. . . cement. I haven't tried it for masking, but I would think it would be much harder to get off. It's also much thicker, and would be hard to paint on for really complex shapes.


    Well, here's my dilemma; my local arts and crafts store doesn't seem to have liquid masking tape. Regular masking tape, I try to avoid due to the geometric quality, and lack of actual control (aside from cutting it with an exacto, but I dont want to slice into the plastic of the armor or helmet).
    I was wondering about rubber cement because, long ago suring my wee days in summer school, I would always pour rubber cement on the table, then peel it off. As I recall, it was rather easy.
    The other half of the dilemma is this: I have to save about $307 for a plane ticket for the Dallas Convention at the end of October ($200 saved already); I know that if I go out to get one little thing, I'll end up spending more than I want. For now, I'm just seeing what work I can do at home.


    Thanks for your input, guys; I have a spare piece of plastic that I'll be painting in about an hour or so; I'll post progress pics.
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    Sep 24, 2006, 5:24 PM - Re: Rubber Cement? #8

    Ah. . . well then.
    Look forward to seeing the pics.
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    Sep 25, 2006, 12:31 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #9

    Hey I use to use rubber cement all the time ... in the fireplace!
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    Sep 25, 2006, 7:26 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #10

    I've used rubber cement before but didn't like the results. The problem was that it was too sticky to get it to conform to where I wanted it to go so easily. Liquid mask works much better. It dries within a few minutes and can be brushed on to fit exactly where you want it to go.
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    Sep 25, 2006, 11:09 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #11

    Quote webchief said: View Post
    I've used rubber cement before but didn't like the results. The problem was that it was too sticky to get it to conform to where I wanted it to go so easily. Liquid mask works much better. It dries within a few minutes and can be brushed on to fit exactly where you want it to go.
    Well said WC....
    Rubber cement also has an alcohol agent that may STAIN or tarnish your silver/ Chrome base color (depending on which brand of base color you use..)...therefore defeating the whole purpose of masking....

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    Sep 25, 2006, 5:58 PM - Re: Rubber Cement? #12

    I used an old backplate for practice (it was a crappy backplate that I wasnt going to use anyway)

    Silver spray paint only


    Rubber cement added


    Black paint added, rubber cement peeled off


    The flash kinda set off the silver in the paint. Rubber cement works just fine, but it's not easy to position. I think something with more precision is necessary.
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    Sep 25, 2006, 8:57 PM - Re: Rubber Cement? #13

    Quote Boba_Fett_03 said: View Post
    Well, here's my dilemma; my local arts and crafts store doesn't seem to have liquid masking tape.
    Liquid mask isn't a tape. It's a liquid that you paint on. It's expensive but it does the job very nicely.
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    Sep 26, 2006, 8:12 AM - Re: Rubber Cement? #14

    This is what I use:
    http://www.enasco.com/artsandcrafts/...do?sku=4100550

    One 8 oz bottle will last you a long time. It goes on easy, removes easy, handles acrylic and enamels.

    (the picture shown is not the real size, it actually looks like a pepto bismo bottle (size wise))

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