- Jul 26, 2009
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Any suggestions on how to paint nose cone tips? I wouldn't think you could tape them because to get the line straight, the tape would have creases that allow paint underneath.
And the paint would be too thick and runny.I've wondered what might happen with a vertical dip method of applying paint to the tip of a nose, but you run the high chance of either getting it very crooked or end up with the paint runs.
So, what you're saying is you put the tape down, then apply the dull coat, to seal the edge?An easy way to ensure you've sealed the edge of your tape by applying a coat of testors dull coat. Because it's Matte and clear, it has no pigment so it drys very quickly and in a thinner film with less of a paint dam while sealing the tape edge preventing under-wicking of your tip color when applied.
Great tip (literally) other than if the main base coat is much lighter than the tip color, i.e. black tip and white body.I have done this several times. I will first paint the tip color. After it is dried I will use a scrap of tubing to mask the tip and then spray on the main color.
The mini V2 shown had it's tip masked with a plastic soda straw.
Not sure who this is directed at but since I draw pencil lines in my method I'll jump in. I use some of the other methods mentioned here to draw the line. Soda straws, centering rings, cardstock, washers etc. etc., basically anything that will give you a straight line around the nose cone. The reason I usually don't use these to apply the paint itself is that most of these will leave a fairly thick boundary wall of paint between the painted area and the masked area. Maybe my spray painting technique is a little on the heavy side. Anyway, it all comes down to what you are comfortable with. Try a couple methods and see how you like them. Make a conical shape with a piece of cardstock and try a few of these techniques and see which works for you.I do appreciate all the input on this question. About drawing a pencil line to use as a guide, how do you get the line even all the way around?