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A Building Tip: Those of you who use B.M.F. need to read this

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  • Member since
    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
A Building Tip: Those of you who use B.M.F. need to read this
Posted by Metalbender on Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:56 AM

Hi Fellow Modelers;

     This is something I have mentioned before. I don't remember how long ago though. So I will refresh you on a method of doing something with Bare Metal Foil Super Shiny. ( I haven't tried this on any of the other kinds).

    When you do your strips and such you always have problems at the corners and other tight exterior corners. This could be repeated for those Aircraft builders who use the product too. So here goes;

     When you,ve covered your bumper there's two ways to cover it. You cut a piece big enough to cover the bumper Top to Bottom. Or you can cover the top then the bottom with separate pieces.Then either way there's those pesky ends.

    Do you use little bitty pieces and then burnish? Or do you split the longer piece and overlap the ends? Then Burnish again.

   There's a method I use to hide those areas. It requires a dedicated X-Acto Number one handle or-A smooth aluminum Tube or rod rounded on one end. Can't do this with the tube, But the rod can be shaped to have a point on one end and a rounded surface on the other end.

 These areas MUST BE polished to a high shine! The X-Acto handle MUST be free of any blemish. Now take these and gently rub the areas with the tool of your choice. As you rub, you'll notice how shiny the area is getting and the seams are disappearing. This is Burnishing at it's best. When you are done the area should be as shiny as the rest and no seams visible!


  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:16 PM

Good tip! It works well.

I have never tried the super shiny stuff, but I use a similar process whilst using the BMF regular (i think it is called New and Improved) chrome. Generally speaking, I don't use it on bumpers, but I do use a similar process on window trim. Before applying the BMF, the area on which it is to be applied (eg. window trim), is polished to a high shine using Micro Mesh pads, just as the rest of the paint work is. Once the foil is applied and worked into place with toothpicks and cotton buds, etc, I further burnish it using an Exacto #1 knife handle that itself has been polished smooth. This gets rid of the light texture that BMF seems to have upon close inspection, rendering a beautifully smooth BMF.

Though I haven't tried it, it may be helpful to apply a light coat of Tamiya wax or similar to the BMF before the knife-handle burnishing, so as to reduce friction and the potential for micro-tearing. And of course, it doesn't have to be a knife handle; and hard, smooth rod will work.

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