Posts that violate the guidelines or Terms and conditions
of Use of the Missing-lynx.com discussion groups will be erased,
and repeated violation of this policy may result in termination
of the violator's account.
I have been using a cheap regular masking tape from a regular store (not from Hobby store). I works well when I airbrush however when I use a regular brush, the paint seems to seep through in some areas.
What easy-to-get and not very costly masking tape do you guys prefer? Will some have drawbacks of being too sticky and ripping paints off when removed?
What you want is not masking tape but painters tape. its less tackey but otherwise is just plain old masking tape. Its available at most hardware stores, and by not having the "TAMIYA" name on it is probably a whole lot cheaper. Also try "Post It Notes" by 3M, available at office supply stores the sticky edge is very fine and can be trimmed to shape.
And cheap if ordering refill rolls (18m) from Japan
6mm wide is 120yen ($1.60Cdn)
10mm wide is 150yen ($2.00Cdn)
18mm wide is 220yen ($2.95Cdn)
Dispenser refill rolls aren't available in Canada, just the complete tape dispensers, and are $6.99, $6.99 and $8.99 respectively. So I always get some tape refills thrown in with any orders placed with Japanese shops. What I save on tape alone pays for the shipping of the kits.
It's much more expensive than the hardware store tape but it has great advantages such as convenient sizes and the most important quality, the adhesive. It is just perfect for models. It's just sticky enough so that the edges won't lift up on their own but will also be easy to remove when painting is done. No nasty surprises, paint will always stay on the model where it belongs!
After masking, apply your favorite clear coat. This will seal the edges of the tape. Good trick for masking canopies on aircraft. Once the clear coat is dry, apply your base color as normal.
I've used Tamiya masking tape and must agree that it works well. I've also used blue painters tape found at hardware stores. I layout the tape on a old piece of glazed ceramic tile, then cut the tape into narrow strips with a hobby knife. I like the blue painters tape when masking off areas during sanding so as not to destroy surrounding details (nuts, bolts, etc.).