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FOR SCIENCE! Knarthex tests Vallejo Masking Fluid

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So,

Our own Wizard most Wild mentioned getting this stuff and finding that it worked for him, so I ordered a bottle of it, as I do a little airbrushing from time to time....

 

I spent 2 hours or so looking at videos on youtube about how this stuff is used, and decided that the Wolf Demon (77307), that I used for the Hangout Airbrush tutorials last year, would be a good test subject for it, as I was not going to jump straight onto Nathvarr...

 

The first recommendation I followed was to spray the model with Glosscote, to protect the paint underneath.

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I then, again following a tutorial, I daubed the stuff on with a semi junk brush, and let it dry,

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I then did another coat, and this is what it looked like after it dried...

(Taken at the end of my paint session last night)

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so tonight will see if it works....

 

ALSO, in one of the tutorials, the artist was coating his W&N SERIES 7 (!) brush with brush soap before painting this stuff on....:blink:

The brush I used was one that I liked to use for painting bases and such, and it is pretty much trash by now, even after rinsing often and an overnight soak in W&N Brush Cleaner & Restorer...

RIP>>>>

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I must say I keep wondering how easily masking fluid can be removed on minis that have lots of nooks and crannies.

 

I've never tried artist's masking fluid, but my mind keeps gong back to regular tape that can tear away part of whatever was underneath it, or dried white glue on your hand that never seems to completely get off without ripping or leaving residue.

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I've not tried using masking fluid or tape on human-sized 28mm minis before, but I have on large-scale figures and large minis like Kaladrax.  I've found from experience that what works best is a combination of low-tack painter's tape covering the majority of the area to be masked, and masking fluid around the edges and across any tape joins.  That seems to work best at avoiding any accidental overspray where the tape may have lifted or didn't quite overlap.

 

If you've cleaned and primed well, and not handled the figure with oily hands while painting, there should be no problem with paint lifting off.  If you pull tape / fluid away doubled over and flat against the surface, that should minimize lifting more than pulling it straight up.  Pulling it away flat at a 90 degree bend from the mask line also works well to minimize lifting or tearing of the paint.

 

Clean up any overspray or jagged edges with a detail paintbrush.

 

Edit:  Oh, and it helps to make little tabs of tape or loops of string embedded in the masking fluid, so you can start pulling off the mask without scratching at it. 

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So the ending results....

Painting on top of the mask...

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and with the mask being removed...

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and all removed...

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So I am pleased with this stuff, and have painted it on the Dragon...

 

Thanks for looking!

Feel free to ask questions!

I will answer to the best of my ability!

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I just rubbed it gently with my thum, and it started rolling up for me...

I could then grab it with tweezers and pull it away. ..

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I think I just had an epiphany.

 

I kept wondering if I'd be interested in masking fluid or not and couldn't find any good reasons... until I remembered how I and everyone hates painting eyes, and how often a stray stroke ruins everything.

 

Masking fluid would provide the perfect "shield" for eyes, wouldn't it?

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On 5/3/2017 at 6:27 AM, Cranky Dog said:

I think I just had an epiphany.

 

I kept wondering if I'd be interested in masking fluid or not and couldn't find any good reasons... until I remembered how I and everyone hates painting eyes, and how often a stray stroke ruins everything.

 

Masking fluid would provide the perfect "shield" for eyes, wouldn't it?

 

Masking fluid would be pretty good for protecting the face from stray brush strokes, once the eyes were painted.

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So...

I finished up airbrushing the masked dragon, and sprayed it with DullCote to protect the paint from my fingers rubbing of the mask...

 

I then began rubbing off the mask....

 

Tip #1 Put the stuff on THICK!!!!

I did 2 coats thinking that would be enough.... Next time I will do at least 4 to make the peeling easier, as it tends to be difficult to get out of very deep places if it isn't thick enough....

 

Tip #2 Check what you have done for good coverage!

As I peeled it off, I found places that I missed when applying the mask... Wish the stuff dryed opaque...

 

so some close up pics of spots that I either missed, or still need to get the last bits of mask out of....

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Yeah, slow & steady a few times around the edges will help with coverage.  That's why I tend to cover most of the area with painter's tape, then use several layers of liquid mask around the edges.  That way, I know I've covered most everything thoroughly.

 

There are some liquid masks that have some coloring in them, but they tend to be transparent and mostly just show up over white when dry.

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