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    Painting wndow frame

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    Painting wndow frame

    Post by beehgly on Sat 10 May 2014, 11:48 am

    Hi guys, I'm currently putting together the MG RX-78-2 ver 3.0 and I'm currently thinking about what I should to paint the window frame of the core fighter.

    Here is the area in question:


    From my previous experience with masking, I've had trouble with getting the paint to stay within the area neatly (it still gets under the tape) so I'm not too sure about what I should do this time.

    If anyone can help me with this I'd really appreciate it, thank you! Smile

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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by Kaboku on Sat 10 May 2014, 11:55 am

    do u want to paint the entire window frame a new color? If so I suggest u remove the window, use a clear paint, then fix it back.

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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by beehgly on Sat 10 May 2014, 11:58 am

    Currently I'm thinking about whether it's possible to do a light black tint and have a white lining around it.

    I plan to paint the kit as well, currently snap fitting first but since I assembled the core fighter first I kinda noticed this problem with it ^^"
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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by celeron787 on Sat 10 May 2014, 8:25 pm

    I did some aircraft genre last time, hope this can help you.
    Some tricks to paint the canopy frame of an aircraft.

    Mask out the area marked out by the frame, using very thin tape so it conforms well to the curve/shape of the window frame.
    After you manage to mask out the 'borders' of the windows with those thin masking tape, just cover the remaining with masking tape.



    So I personally feel that since the canopy is a clear part, it is more realistic that from inside, the frame is black, and from outside the frame is painted in the color you want.
    Something like this, can see the inner frame is black, and the outer is grey.



    You do not have to mask the inner side to achieve this. You can just spray black over the transparent part first (after doing all the masking), then on top of the black you spray the color of your choice.
    So something like this:
    Masked and black undercoat for the inner frame


    Then your color over the black frame

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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by beehgly on Sat 10 May 2014, 9:17 pm

    Woah, thanks for the pictures and detail! After looking through I decided that it'd be better to just paint the window frame and leave the centre clear.

    So should I just mask the areas I don't want to paint instead or...?

    Oh and the thin tape issue could be the reason why it didn't work out last time, I'm just using the really large roll of tamiya masking tape as I use it to tape packages and other items I want to protect was well as I really like it for regular use :X
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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by celeron787 on Sat 10 May 2014, 9:31 pm

    Yea, essentially you are masking the windows (that you do not want to paint), leaving only the frames exposed. Use the thin tape to mark out the borders of the windows and then cover inside with tape.

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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by beehgly on Sat 10 May 2014, 9:52 pm

    Alright, thanks a lot for your help!

    By the way, to protect the paint it would be best to spray a top coat still right? If I want my kit to be matte and I spray Mr Super Clear over all of the parts, how will the clear parts react to it? Or would it be better to find an alternative?
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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by celeron787 on Sat 10 May 2014, 9:59 pm

    yea in that case, do not pull off the masking first. Spray the top coat then peel off the masking.

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    Re: Painting wndow frame

    Post by beehgly on Sat 10 May 2014, 10:04 pm

    Ah I see, why didn't I think of that, haha!

    Thanks again for your help! Smile

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