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Preparing body for BMF

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    December 2017
Preparing body for BMF
Posted by Andy E. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 7:08 PM


I am new to the forum, however; been a subscriber to SA for a couple of years. I am working on my 1st model in many many years and so far so good. I have painted my '57 Chevy with tamiya, from a can. and did the polishing with the 3600-12000 grit pads and then used Novus 2 and the finish looks amazing!! My next step is to do Novus 1(plastic clean and shine) but was wondering will this reduce the ability for the Bare Metal Foil to adhere to the plastic? any thoughts? 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:00 PM

Novus 1 is considered a "wax" and it might interfere with the adhesive ability of the foil to stick.  Save Novus 1 for your final step after all other steps have been completed.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, December 28, 2017 9:37 AM

Alcohol is a good surface cleaner to prepare for all kinds of things. You just have to test it first to make sure it's compatable with the paint you rubbed out.

I use a clear acrylic for all my clear coats,and rubs out beautifully with the Novus #2. If I want to put more clear on after the paint is rubbed out, I just wipe the body down with alcohol, then go ahead and spray more clear - never a problem but again it depends on the final coat of paint to be rubbed out.

Over the years I have learned a lot of tricks in painting, but you have to be a bit adventureous and be willing to experiment and not be afraid to make mistakes Thumbs Up.








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