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  • HAROLD LINEHAROLD LINE
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    Hi All. I’m trying to do a soft edge, WW2 style paint job on my SM Spitfire. Any tips on proper masking to get the soft edge? Last time I did it free hand and it turned out okay but was tough to follow the first coat.

    Thanks
    Harold

    Stewart SystemsAndy Humphrey
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    Harold,

    What is it that you are trying to accomplish? Are you wanting kind of a faded transition from one color to the other?

    Andy

    HAROLD LINEHAROLD LINE
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    That’s correct Andy. Like the old fighters from WW2. Not a sharp masked edge.

    Thanks
    Harold

    Stewart SystemsAndy Humphrey
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    Probably the easiest way is to freehand it with the paint gun. I don’t really know of a better way.

    HAROLD LINEHAROLD LINE
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    Thanks Andy. Yeah, kind of what I figured and what I’ve heard from some other painters. Can I just turn up the gun a bit and lay a heavier first coat? When I sprayed her the first time, I had a really hard time seeing the difference between dark green and Ocean grey. A heavier first coat might help that.

    Harold

    Stewart SystemsAndy Humphrey
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    The first coat needs to be light for good adhesion. It should be about 50% coverage. You should be able to read a newspaper through it. Then following fog coats should not flow. The need to have a matte appearance like fine sand paper. If they start to flow it will set up a base for orange peel. Once you have color saturation, then lay down a wet coat. If you are using flattener and you want it as flat as possible, leave your last coat as a fog coat.

    Andy

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