Customs: How do you paint a straight line??

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  1. CrackerBoy

    CrackerBoy Señor Member TFW2005 Supporter

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    how do you paint a straight line that has sharp crisp edge's? I've tried a few ways, but none that i'm happy with.

    I was wondering how others do it.
     
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    Have you tried masking tape?
     
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    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    pin striping??
     
  4. MegaMoonMan

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    Very, very carefully.

    Or tape.
     
  5. CrackerBoy

    CrackerBoy Señor Member TFW2005 Supporter

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    Masking tape is ok, but i don't like all the tape glue it leaves behind. It also doesn't make that sharp of an edge. I was wondering what others do.
     
  6. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Tape glue? Try the blue painter's tape. No muss, no fuss.
     
  7. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Aight Crackerboy...Here's a quick 'n' dirty step-by-step for it:

    1. Just like MegaMoonMan said, pick up some blue painter's tape at Home Depot or Lowe's. Use a combination of that and paper (or whatever you want) to mask of everything except for the stripe you want to paint.

    2. I assume you're painting Hasbro plastic. If so, pick up a can of Krylon Fusion (available at Michael's, Wal-Mart, amongst other places.)

    3. I figure you can make the jump from A to B here and figure out you'll be spraypainting. THE KEY TO STRAIGHT LINES IS LIGHT, LIGHT APPLICATION OF SPRAYPAINT. Spray your vehicle from at least 2 feet away, lightly, with the Fusion ONCE - i.e., run the spray across the surface ONE TIME. Then WALK AWAY. Then come back about 5 minutes later and do it again ONCE. Repeat until you've got a clear, solid coat.

    See, I used to fuck this up a whole lot by masking off my lines and then just going to town, loading down an area with spray. When you pull up the tape, you get shitty-ass lines with lots of bleeding. If you spray ONCE, let the paint set, come back about 5-10 minutes later and spray again, (wash, rinse, repeat) you'll get a nice, clean line.
     
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    CrackerBoy Señor Member TFW2005 Supporter

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    Thanks Ops... i'll give it a try.
     
  9. Sledge

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    Ops has the right idea here. I've done lots of painting of miniatures for Classic Battletech, and this is the only way to do it short of a tiny brush and a really steady hand, and a lot of patience.
     
  10. planetjacker

    planetjacker Critters burn real good. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Also if you are doing overlaping colors go from lightest to darkest. The dark colors will cover the lighter with fewer coats. That is common sense but I thought I would throw it out there anyhow.
     
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    Depending on the surface you might be able to use a makeshift stencil of some sort too.
     

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