Revell Voyager - slow progress!

custardchris

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SO I've not made much progress since the last update, but I have been trying to tidy up some of the paint. And everytime I do it, I always have a bit that goes over the edge of the masking tape, as in the picture. This is with a Badger airbrush using Tamiya paints, thinner and masking tape. When I go the other way to fix this, i'm using Tamaya primer from a can, which doesn't do this very much at all.

What am i doing wrong with the airbrush? it's driving me crazy!

 

urumomo

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Try spraying down lighter coats and build it up slowly so you don't have the bleed problem .
 

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Before spraying brush some Future along the edge of the tape to seal it. It will fill in any voids along the mask and prevent paint bleed.
 

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Whoa - Trek !
I believe that's asking for other issues . You're going to end up with a secondary border ... I don't recommend that at all .
The rattle-can isn't giving the same bleed problems because it goes down in a finer mist and that lacquer dries much faster than water based coatings . It doesn't have the chance to migrate under the masking . It doesn't have the time or the volume .

Spraying " away from " the masking is also a solid technique . So your spray is not focused in a way it can undermine any loose masking material .

From what I see from the photos , it's just too much paint .
 

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Keep us updated with your results !.

That much bleed is either from the tape / masking not adhering properly due to contamination of the substrate or just a flood of paint overwhelming the barrier .
I have no doubt Trek can make what he's saying work for him but in my opinion it's just adding another layer - another discipline - to the mix .

Most masking issues I encounter are the masking removing the layer of coating you're attempting to protect .
That again is usually from very poor adhesion of the protected coating due to substrate contaminates or just too little time allowed for proper curing .
Water based coatings can deceive you into thinking they are ready to go since their " handling " qualities are achieved very quickly , but they do require longer than can be apparent to achieve their proper mechanical properties as a " cured " film .
 

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