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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 03-04-2011 05:14 PM 1106 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2011 05:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: painters tape

I’m looking to paint half hull models (top and bottom only, no boot stripe) and am currently looking at 3M fineline and transition tapes. Does anyone have any experience with these or other products? I’m not a big fan of blue painter’s tape as the paint still gets underneath the edge at spots. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 09:41 PM

I have used frog tape in situations where the blue stuff didn’t quite cut it and I like it quite well. It keeps a very nice, sharp line.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 10:02 PM

I use the blue 3M stuff foe paint and the green 3M stuff when dealing with lacquer and they work rather well, but there’s a trick that I use. I learned it from my father who got it from his father, back in the days where there was only one type of masking tape, and that was of questionable sticking capability. Here ya go:

1. Paint the lower half a little higher than your final line. Let the paint dry.

2. Once the paint is dry, apply the masking tape so that the top edge is along your desired final line.

3. Now take the SAME color paint that you used on the LOWER half and just apply a little paint (half inch or an inch wide) so that it covers the top edge of the tape. This will “seal” the top edge of the tape and prevent any bleeding under the edge of the tape. Let that paint dry.

4. Once this “sealer” paint is dry, apply the paint for the upper half and let that dry.

5. Carefully peal off the tape and you will have a perfect edge with no bleeding!

This requires an extra step (application of the “sealer” paint) but it is very much worth your time if you’re looking for that perfect edge. Give it a try! Good luck.


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#3 posted 03-04-2011 10:13 PM

I’d never seen the Frog tape before yesterday, but it looks like
it was designed to solve the problem you’re having.

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 11:42 PM

I have used the green frog tape and have had good results, it beats the blue stuff
Igot mine at lowes

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#5 posted 03-05-2011 04:04 AM

From what I’ve read, the adhesive on Frog Tape gels upon contact with water. So it might not work as well on oil-based products.

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#6 posted 03-05-2011 05:25 PM

Frog Tape.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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