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  • Member since
    May 2020
two tone paint job
Posted by umpire93 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:17 PM

i asked earlier about this and got good answers.  my questions are after the first color when you tape, then clear coat do you use a matte or gloss finish clear coat to seal the tape? 

secondly can you paint gloss over gloss for the second color  thank-you

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 22, 2020 11:10 AM

I assume you are referring to spraying clear first before the second colour to stop paint bleed under the tape. Not everyone does this (I don't), but if you do, gloss would be best if the first colour was gloss, then any bleed of the gloss under the tape will have the same finish (gloss) as the first coat. Go easy here. All that is needed is a light coat on the tape edge to seal it, but if you apply too heavy, you will have a paint ridge to deal with when the tape is removed. Instead of clear, some use the same paint as the first colour, again, sprayed lightly just on the tape edge to seal it.

The cleanest paint seperation lines are achieved with good masking, without a sealer of any kind. Use a good quality tape (standard Tamiya tape is my personal preference). For a clean, straight edge, I apply the tape to a clean piece of glass, then use a straight edge and a sharp Exacto blade to cut a nice, clean edge on the tape. Then peel off of the glass and apply to the model. Burnish the edges down real well, focusing on corners, tape over-laps, and panel lines. If there are panel edges or tape over-laps that I feel may leak, I carefully apply a drop of liquid mask to the spot.

Masking is one of those things that seem quite simple in principle, but require practiced techniques to consistently get good results.

As for your secong question; yes, you can paint gloss over gloss.

Good luck

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Posted by umpire93 on Friday, May 22, 2020 2:24 PM


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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:00 AM

Because of bleeding and paint ridges in the past I won't even attempt 2 tone paint jobs anymore. Not to mention pulling paint off the car when unmasking. That said I've never used good tamiya tape..but now I've reached a stage that I wouldn't attempt it anyways.

Guess that really didn't answer anything..sorry


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