masking fluid

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    masking fluid

    is it possible to add food coloring to masking fluid to help make it easier to see where you're painting it on? I have some pretty bright white masking fluid but I was wondering if you could do that just to make it show up better in the event you're painting on something white. that make sense?

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    Re: masking fluid

    I dunno. I use humbrol maskol because it is a pinkish purple (which I have no intention of painting something those colors at this time.....)


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    Re: masking fluid

    Don't mean to thread hijack, but with the Humbrol maskol, does it work with Acrylics? Is that what is most commonly used to paint Boba helmets?

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    Re: masking fluid

    use water color to add coloring to masking fluids

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    Re: masking fluid

    I've been using toothpaste as a masking "fluid," though it's thick enough in some spots to identify it off the bat. What I do too is also take pictures of the masking so I know where I put it on there in case I forget

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    Re: masking fluid

    Most people tend to use Enamels (either testors, floquil, or Humbrol).


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    Re: masking fluid

    catbread said: View Post
    Don't mean to thread hijack, but with the Humbrol maskol, does it work with Acrylics? Is that what is most commonly used to paint Boba helmets?
    yes it works with acrylics too...and most use humbrol enamels like stated above

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    Re: masking fluid

    i've added a little red food coloring to my masking fluid (making it pink) and that has helped quite a bit.

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    Re: masking fluid

    The food coloring is a brilliant idea! I going to give this a try next time I use it.

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    Re: masking fluid

    water color in a tiny tube is about as cheap as food coloring...and it wont stain things...not sure about food coloring and not staining things I know it stains my hands....

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    Re: masking fluid

    saint_nasty said: View Post
    i've added a little red food coloring to my masking fluid (making it pink) and that has helped quite a bit.
    I've done the exact same thing,but I was a bit worried the dye would be left behind when the masking was removed, how's it worked out? Any pink running into paint already down?

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    Re: masking fluid

    I added a little blue food dye and have never had any problems.

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    masking fluid

    Yes, food coloring is fine: )
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    Re: masking fluid

    thebeans said: View Post
    I've done the exact same thing,but I was a bit worried the dye would be left behind when the masking was removed, how's it worked out? Any pink running into paint already down?
    no problems at all. but like i said, i only use a very small amount of food coloring. 2-3 drops of red at most, just enough to tint the latex to make it easier to see once it dries.

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    Re: masking fluid

    I use acrylic paint..a touch of that does the same thing. I learned that from the horror folks for tinting latex inexpensively.

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