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Old 12-02-2017, 05:52 AM
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I know you paint dark colors first...how the heck are you supposed to see the design you draw on the protective film after a dark color? Can i cut my whole design out then peel as i go? Or will this leave lines
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if you draw a design on the film its a template for masking. liquid mask isn't as good as tape if you want to layer many colors.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:44 AM
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Any advice anyone?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:46 AM
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I draw it all out, then make every cut first, then start painting. Its easier to do anything that is a pin stripe or around windows first because paint can build up and make it hard to peel out the small stripes.
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Color doesnt show through if you cut everything first?
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Is there a video you recommend for beginners? I have heard a lot about this, but then everyone says to get an airbrush.
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A light mist of silver or white, on the liquid mask, before you start cutting and painting.
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I couldnt find a good video so i posted here. Put like 4-5 coats of liquid mask let dry thoroughly before each coat. Alternate direction of strokes on each coat. Cut out all your lines with a brand new hobby knife blade. Dont want it too thin and its much easier if its uniform in thickness so you have a consistent pressure so you dont scar the lexan too bad. Dont worry if you do some itll just be a little weak i imagine in those spots. Take your time and try not to get too frustrated
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Originally Posted by ThePanda View Post
if you draw a design on the film its a template for masking. liquid mask isn't as good as tape if you want to layer many colors.
Uh, say what now?

Every professional painter uses LM almost exclusively unless they are trying to achieve a unique effect. Otherwise the rule is Liquid Masků Always.
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Originally Posted by MVP_32 View Post
I couldnt find a good video so i posted here. Put like 4-5 coats of liquid mask let dry thoroughly before each coat. Alternate direction of strokes on each coat. Cut out all your lines with a brand new hobby knife blade. Dont want it too thin and its much easier if its uniform in thickness so you have a consistent pressure so you dont scar the lexan too bad. Dont worry if you do some itll just be a little weak i imagine in those spots. Take your time and try not to get too frustrated
This sounds easier to do than I am sure it actually is!
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This sounds easier to do than I am sure it actually is!
Using a brush makes it unnecessarily difficult. Liquid Mask is best sprayed through an automotive spray gun. That allows you to have ultimate control of the thickness and uniformity of the coats.

I always apply 3 solid coats and always start in the deepest recesses and work my way outward and make sure I spray past the edges of the lid.

This makes it much easier to cut through the liquid mask because you can feel when you make contact with the lexan and maintain a steady pressure as you make your cuts.

Using brushes to apply liquid mask leaves recesses which makes it tough to maintain even contact with the lexan so you have to revisit certain areas several times to cut all the way through which can lead to cutting too deeply.

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Unfortunately for me it looks like a spray gun is not avoidable for these projects
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hobofreight HVLP gun is $10 when it's on sale.
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What is a good compressor size to use with that gun?
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