Help applying paint mask

Old 06-20-2003, 05:48 PM
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Help applying paint mask

Hello, new to the board....I've found a lot of useful information!

I am in the process of painting my first body for my RC10GT and have gone through 3 packs of the same paint mask....!

The mask is made by XXX Main....I have followed the directions on applying the mask but have had a very difficult time working with contours. There are many contours on the front of this body where I am trying to put the mask but I cant get the thing to fit properly. I end up stretching the mask, which seperates the different layers, or having small creases that throw the lines out of whack.

Anyone have some profound advice for me to make this mask easier to work with....?

Needless to say, but I am beginning to get frustrated at the fact that I need another pack of the same mask again.
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Old 06-20-2003, 07:50 PM
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Try using a hair dryer to soften the mask and work it into the contours. also, you might want to think about working the mask back further and using masking tape or liquid mask to fill in the front portion.
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Old 06-21-2003, 10:44 AM
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Thanks for your tip! I assume that heating the mask only works after the transfer tape has been removed.

What I ended up doing was cutting the mask into sections and then applying them a section at a time. I follow what you say about moving the mask back to avoid the contours of the front bumper area but the problem is actually where the hood has its cowling (sp?). It's a smaller rectangular area within the area of the hood that is raised outward. So there was no way to apply the mask over a flat area..... I contemplated buying a new body to make the application of the mask easier but decided not to give up on this body.

I plan on painting the body today and look forward to the results....but like I said before, this is my first paint job. Thanks again Haunted Myst for your tech article, its a fantastic introduction to painting bodies.
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