Masking fluid

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    Masking fluid

    Does anyone know if there's a "timeframe" for how long you can leave the stuff on? Hours, days, weeks?

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    Re: Masking fluid

    I have left mine on for a couple of days and it came off quite easy. I don't believe that it will harden but just turns to a latex texture. I found that it came off easier after the couple of days of waiting (I had no choice to wait a couple of days).

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    Re: Masking fluid

    I've had some on for months (5-6) at a time... no problem at all.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    Darth_Nickel said: View Post
    I've had some on for months (5-6) at a time... no problem at all.
    Really?
    I must admit I left some on for 5 days once and it was a git to remove in the 'same' shape/design I applied it...
    I generally leave it for 2-3 days max

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    Re: Masking fluid

    I leave mine on for roughly 3 hours before I paint. As soon as the paint is dry, I peel.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    Hey, newbie weathering question, which masking fluid are we referring to here?

    Thanks!
    Deunan Shiruba

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    Re: Masking fluid

    I use humbrol 'Maskol' liquid latex...
    Altho there are other brands available.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    I use Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    Winsor & Newton I hear works wonders, but I'm cheap, I buy Fasmask by Parma from HobbyTown USA.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    Mojo-Fett said: View Post
    Really?
    I must admit I left some on for 5 days once and it was a git to remove in the 'same' shape/design I applied it...
    I generally leave it for 2-3 days max
    really. I've not had much of a problem with that. I use a dental pick, tooth pick, and my finger to remove (most of the time). granted...The parts that have been left on the longest were pretty small and I wasn't overly concerned abou the exact shape, so perhaps I didn't notice.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    Thanks guys. At least I know I dont have to stress with getting it off. I also use the Winsor-stuff. Bought it fairly cheap on the bay.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    i find that the problem is less the fluid and more the paint on top. if the paint cures too much, it won't peel.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    When I did my helmet as soon as the masking fluid was dry I painted over it. Then I used an eraser to remove the latex and a xacto knife for shapeing and scratches. I started removing the fluid 30 min to 1 hour after painting. That way the xacto knife didn't ruin the undercoat and I didn't clear coat anything until I was totally finished.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    I forget which masking fluid I have used in the past but I switched to toothpaste. If you are looking for a cheap alternative to the fluid try it out. I apply it using a toothpick or any other type of tool. No need to let it dry. Then spray paint it. Wait for the paint to dry then wipe off the toothpaste. You may need to get a wet paper towel and wipe off any residue but it works well for me at least.

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    Re: Masking fluid

    Originally posted by Iron Forge:
    I forget which masking fluid I have used in the past but I switched to toothpaste. If you are looking for a cheap alternative to the fluid try it out. I apply it using a toothpick or any other type of tool. No need to let it dry. Then spray paint it. Wait for the paint to dry then wipe off the toothpaste. You may need to get a wet paper towel and wipe off any residue but it works well for me at least.
    Toothpaste! Great idea.
    I use the Winsor and Newton. I am always excited to work on stuff, so I apply the masking fluid, and paint as soon as it is dry. I wait for the paint to be dry enough,(or try to wait) and peal it off. I cant wait to see how it looks, and removing the masking is like revealing what you did. Too exciting to wait IMO.

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