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Best masking fluid?
HermannB
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC
Hi Gang,
like to hear your opinions about masking fluids. Best will be a products that available in Europe.
nsjohn
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 05:11 AM UTC
The only one I have tried is Humbrol Maskol, which does the job, but is a pain to remove as it gets everywhere. Will follow this thread with interest.
Kevlar06
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 06:00 AM UTC
I like Microscale, Iím pretty sure itís available in GB, not sure about the Continent. However, it pays to keep it mixed up though, since the metal flakes embedded in it (to show where itís been painted) like to settle to the bottom of the container. If you donít mix it, it dries clear, which makes it a pain to figure out where youíre applying it and hard to find a corner to peel it off.
VR, Russ
j76lr
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 06:49 AM UTC

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I like Microscale, Iím pretty sure itís available in GB, not sure about the Continent. However, it pays to keep it mixed up though, since the metal flakes embedded in it (to show where itís been painted) like to settle to the bottom of the container. If you donít mix it, it dries clear, which makes it a pain to figure out where youíre applying it and hard to find a corner to peel it off.
VR, Russ



can it be used on all paints ? I think I read somewhere you can only use it on enamel
Kevlar06
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 08:30 AM UTC
hmmm...I've used Microscale liquid mask over some acrylics, bu not all. It seems to work fine on Vallejo, Tamiya (which is actually an acrylic lacquer), and Gunze Aqueous. And it works fine on Lacquers and enamels. You might have to experiment. I have not heard that. I know some other liquid masks use ammonia or ammonia compounds as a carrier (this is what attacks acrylic finishes), but I don't think Microscale does, at least it doesn't smell like it.
VR, Russ
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 01:41 PM UTC
One thing I've used on small areas like over bolt heads and stuff is plain, old PVA (white) glue. Here in the US it's sold most under the name Elmer's glue. I use it if I'm using terra cotta paint to simulate a non-slip surface. It works well and can be easily removed with a toothpick.