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Unread 09-07-2017, 04:02 PM   #1
Dictamnus Albus
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painting and masking off fine details

how can you keep paint out of fine details?

in my case, 1mm grooves spaced 1mm apart

i was hoping to have a bright contrasting colour in the grooves
so id need something i can apply over raw dry paint and clean off
residue free without ruining either layer of paint

im assuming tape will be rediculas to use on such small lines

tips for painting also welcome

for referance, my plan is to paint an old closed-face fish reel cover (plastic, ABS?)

so over-simplifyed im thinking
prep, paint in detail groves, paint the rest, then maybe add some details
then clear it a few times
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Unread 09-07-2017, 04:53 PM   #2
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Something 1mm and 1mm apart? Because my first thought would be to get some fishing line/monofilament and run THAT into your grooves, with enough overlaps to let you tug it out afterwards. But I'm not sure if that wouldn't damage your grooves. What kind of paint are you going to use?
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Unread 09-07-2017, 05:29 PM   #3
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Well there is masking fluid, but it's generally used to keep white areas white, so I don't know how it would work on an already-painted surface. It could take the paint off with it but you could test ahead of time on some scraps or something.

If the grooves are within the plastic brushing lightly over might not even get in them if they're that narrow. It may just take "being careful" over any other methods, though I do think using fishing line is an interesting idea.
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When I'm painting and I want one color in a recess but a different one on top, I do the recess first. Once dry I very carefully paint in such a way as to not force the brush down into the recesses, holding the brush flat against the surface instead of at a 90 - 45 degree angle like normal painting. A good brush makes a difference too, I can't do that with a crappy sponge.

It's a matter of practicing a technique over using specific tools.
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Unread 09-08-2017, 05:23 PM   #5
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i think i managed, (its drying now)

i used bottle paint and a qtip to push paint into the grooves, and wipe off the rest
let that dry last light
but in trying to use that on the plastic reel, it just pushed around and didnt stick

i decided to just use tape for now, yes ill have the black lines
but maybe itll look good, or i can touch up after

also i used teflon tape to mask off another area, hope it works

gold rattle can (rustolem) went on nice in another spot
but the blue (krylon) didnt want to stick either

now it all looks uniformly like a cheap plastic kids toy
(more matte than a brown paper towel)

hope a gloss clear will solve the "cheap" look, without "solving" the paint, lol

update: didnt like the gold/black, so remasked and sprayed the whole spot gold, looks nicer than id've thought

just need to get some, and clear it

the smaller size and not being on a rod, makes it not look so hokey, despite cartoonish blue/gold paint job
... might look cartoonish after adding the banana yellow cordage to the reel though
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