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Bare Metal Foil: how I do it

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  • Member since
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  • From: Rubber City - Akron Oh
Bare Metal Foil: how I do it
Posted by d.battista on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 1:59 PM

Hello !

A friend asked me how I do bmf. So I  thought I would post it here, maybe it could help someone else too.

First I start with a fresh #11 blade. I use a metal straight ede to cut  a strip of bmf a little wider and longer than the object I'm covering.  I do it one at a time cause I don't cut through the paper backing.You can do it iether way.

I pick the edge with my knife to lift it from the backing .

Grab the end and keeping it a little taught lift as you pull it off backing .

.......to be continued

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Posted by d.battista on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 2:14 PM

If you pull it over itself it will curl up on you !

I grab both ends to keep it taught . It's easier to lay on model that way.

Start on one end  and aply it to the model burnish it down with your thumb then still holding the other end rub with thumb as you lay it down along the model ,so as not get

 wrinkles in it

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then rub it down with your thumb.

.......to be continued

 

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Posted by d.battista on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 2:23 PM

Then I use the side of  a nice fat Q-tip to burnish it down nice and tight !

Then keeping your blade down low .( helps to give you more controll ) as in this pic

.......next

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Posted by MikeMc on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 2:40 PM

Excellent tips....

 

On trick I will pass on is to not use a handle on the #11 blade. I wrap some masking tape on the shank of the blade...also a bit of black sharpie on the point..better control and you can see the tip of the blade.

HANG UP AND DRIVE........ Mike

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  • From: Rubber City - Akron Oh
Posted by d.battista on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 2:54 PM

Then starting at one end draw the blade to you keeping a good eye on the edge you are folling. Try not to aply pressure the weight of the knife will cut the foil.

Remove the excess and burnish again with the side of a Q-tip. ( I say side because you can hit the foil with the stick inside and rip the foil )

There You have it a nice piece of trim on your model !

I  showed in masking tape how I cut for window trim . I also do that one piece at a time.

Please feel free to comment or add some tricks you might have.

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Posted by d.battista on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 3:01 PM

Hi again !

Here are a couple of pics of one of my better BMF jobs .

Thanks for looking and I hope that post can help a fellow modeler !!Big Smile

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Posted by ford freak on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 6:52 PM

thanks Dave this looks easy enouhg jsut getting it to lay flat and fit to shape. Going to try it with  help of this post. Thats what this forum is  all about thaknks much for this.

John

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Posted by SkiBum on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 7:10 PM

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by peanutgallery on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:11 PM

....and  the dash mounted tach on the Thunderbolt  is awesome too

Dennis

 

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Posted by d.battista on Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:14 AM

Thank you !!  Peanutgallery  Big Smile

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Posted by 01jeepxj on Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:15 AM

EXCELLENT tutorial!!! Thumbs Up Just what us fat finger guys need!! Nothing looks like metal except metal. I've read too many horror stories about BMF; dried out, stuck to the backing etc. Any tips from anyone on the "care/storage" of BMF??

I saw your T-Bolt on another page of the forums. Just like being there!! Fantastic build!! Bow

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  • From: Rubber City - Akron Oh
Posted by d.battista on Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:22 PM

Thanks for your kind words on the T-Bolt ! and the tutorial !  01jeepxj !

I don't do any thing special, I keep it in a drawer in my hobby room. I can't say when but I do know they improved it recently. I have heard some negative feedback , but that was years ago. I have never had any trouble with it and I keep sheets for months and even years . The sheet I used in this post is at least 2 years old and it still worked OK .

I like the stuff !

 

 

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Posted by SierraPower on Sunday, February 13, 2011 5:01 PM

Thanks for the great tips I will be using them for sure!!

Nice work, car looks great!!!

Brandon-17-Ohio

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Posted by Blendmik on Sunday, February 13, 2011 5:08 PM

Always had the curling problem.............now I don't, thanks!!!

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Posted by d.battista on Sunday, February 13, 2011 7:41 PM

Blendmik

Always had the curling problem.............now I don't, thanks!!!

Glad I could be of help !   Smile

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  • From: Pasadena, CA
Posted by Ddms on Monday, February 14, 2011 10:31 AM

Excellent tute!

I'd only add that the angle is important when trimming. I know this seems obvious, but be sure you always have the cutting edge and the intended path in bright light and clear view.

DDMS

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