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Old 04-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Masking off wheels

I'd like to know what secrets to success the community could offer for masking off wheels. I tried using the soldering iron on the pin method , but it actually warped the wheel permanently without even touching the plastic.

I'm using testors spray paint, so I want the wheel wells to be painted as well, without getting paint on the wheel.

I thought about using a small plastic sandwich bag to wrap around the wheel versus using tape. Any suggestions or ideas?

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Old 04-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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OP: since you've started a number of threads in Radicons GD in recent weeks, it may be best to link you to our Tutorials forum, which you can subscribe to like any other. I would answer your question, but I think it's important for members to familiarize themselves with the knowledge this section has to offer.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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OP: since you've started a number of threads in Radicons GD in recent weeks, it may be best to link you to our Tutorials forum, which you can subscribe to like any other. I would answer your question, but I think it's important for members to familiarize themselves with the knowledge this section has to offer.

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I do search the forums, but your answer is a load of crap. If you don't want to help, just say so. I imagine if the situation was reversed, you would be doing the same thing that I am.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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You must have either an entirely too hot soldering iron, or plastic wheels that are way too thin. The wheels shouldn't warp just from the radiant heat of the iron before you even get to the pin.


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Old 04-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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I do search the forums, but your answer is a load of crap. If you don't want to help, just say so. I imagine if the situation was reversed, you would be doing the same thing that I am.
That was a little harsh... attitude like that won't win over much help.

As for your question, masking tape. Plain and simple. strip of masking tape around the edge/sides and then cover the front of the wheel.

I have also used silly putty. Cheap, stretchable and reusable.

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yea, i'd suggest masking tape as well. mask the entire wheel, then use an x-acto knife and cut the tape around the wheel rim, then remove the tape covering the rim...then you can paint
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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I do search the forums, but your answer is a load of crap. If you don't want to help, just say so. I imagine if the situation was reversed, you would be doing the same thing that I am.
I think my willingness to help new and veteran customizers alike has been quite apparent in recent years. I have members in the Radicons community that can vouch for me in that regard, but if that's what you have to say to someone that's simply trying to guide you in the right direction (the tone of my previous post notwithstanding), then perhaps I should just stop trying to help entirely.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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yea, i'd suggest masking tape as well. mask the entire wheel, then use an x-acto knife and cut the tape around the wheel rim, then remove the tape covering the rim...then you can paint
Thank you for the help, I greatly appreciate it.

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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I think my willingness to help new and veteran customizers alike has been quite apparent in recent years. I have members in the Radicons community that can vouch for me in that regard, but if that's what you have to say to someone that's simply trying to guide you in the right direction (the tone of my previous post notwithstanding), then perhaps I should just stop trying to help entirely.
I understand trying to guide someone in the right direction; Look, I'm not trying to bug anyone, I ask for help because I respect you guys for the work you do and the experience that you have.

That said, telling me that you wont give me the answer is like saying" Hey, I don't have time to help, or I don't want to help".

Perhaps my response was rude, but your answer wasn't any better, either.

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Old 04-24-2012, 01:44 AM   #10
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Certainly check out the Tutorials section, especially since a lot of work goes into maintaining it.

Also, certainly post a thread and ask a question if you can't find your answer in the Tutorials section or by using the search function.

NEST, I didn't take Sblood's answer to you as being harsh at all, especially since yo're relatively new here (Oct 2011). Regardless, after reviewing this thread, I think you've gotten quite a bit of good answers to assist you with your project as well as some directions with our Tutorials.

I wish you well on your project, and I hope you keep us posted on it
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