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  • Member since
    August 2010
  • From: El Dorado Hills, CA
Bare Metal Foil
Posted by IBuild1/48 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:02 PM

I am building Revells 67 GTX #6841. 

Before I apply the bare metal foil should I gloss coat it first?

  • Member since
    September 2015
  • From: Nevada
Posted by American185 on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 6:03 AM

Be careful. Apply the glosscoat first, as clearcoat tends to dull the foil slightly. I have stopped using it altogether and gone with chrome pens, as the current generation of bmf has become somewhat trashy. Leaves lots of residue behind when you trim excess away. Don't have the patience for it anymore.

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  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:53 AM

IBuild1/48

I am building Revells 67 GTX #6841. 

Before I apply the bare metal foil should I gloss coat it first?

 

I am not sure what you mean by, "should I gloss coat it first." BMF should not be  gloss coated ever. There are two versions of "chrome" BMF. and both have a high shine. I use a Q-tip dipped in alcohol To remove the adhesive after trimming the BMF. Also, it is important to buff the BMF with a paper stump to activate its adhesive and remove wrinkles. You can buy the paper stump at craft stores. I have been using BMF on airplane models for years without any problem.

 

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by TransAm Mike on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:22 AM

The last sheet of ultra chrome BMF seems to be thinner than previous that I have. On the other hand it seems that the adhesive is stronger.  Because it seems thinner I don't think it trims cleanly and the small strips that need to be removed after trimming don't peel off easily.

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    April 2020
Posted by TransAm Mike on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:25 AM

Oh, and what is a "paper stump"?

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:43 PM

Paper stumps are made from compressed paper. They are great for burnishing Bare Metal Foil. The harder that BMF is burnished the better it looks. The paper stumps will not tear BMF. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby in the paint department.

This is my 1/48 B-29. Except for the center area of the main wing the model is finished in Bare Metal Foil.

This is my 1/48 B-24. It is finished in BMF.

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:48 PM

IBuild1/48

I am building Revells 67 GTX #6841. 

Before I apply the bare metal foil should I gloss coat it first?

 

I just took a look online of a  1967 GTX. There doesn't seem to be very much chrome on the car. I would not use BMF on the window trim. I would use a chrome pen as American185 suggested.

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