Rattle can painting in tight places

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Boreas

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I have just finished building US Rockets' Dual 18 mm Rear Eject and am trying to figure out how to paint the engine pods. I have a basecoat of primer + white over the entire rocket. But I want to paint the the engine pods orange. I probably should have masked the glue surfaces and painted the pods prior to assembly, but too late now. What would be the best way (using a rattle can) of getting the paint into the narrow space between the nose cones and fuselage? I am afraid of creating runs by getting too close. Thoughts?
 

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that's a situation ive found myself in,too. what I do is tape off what I dont want painted and mist from a distance and at different angles- light coats until full coverage.
 

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Use extra parts, make a moc-up, and practice.
Unless your ready to sand runs, accept dry spray or light covered areas,
That's your best bet for obtaining a method that will give you the results your looking for.
 

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tomsteve,

Painted it tonite - your advice seemed to work pretty well. I haven't taken the masking tape off yet as I have to spray the fins black. But I got no runs and I can't seem to see any base white in the tight spot. Thanks!
 

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cool beans!! something woody mentioned is dry spray, which ive had happen. a couple coats of clear seems to make dry spray less noticeable.
 

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Sometimes the best option is to paint, then assemble. Sometimes it is just too hard getting good coverage in tight spots or masking adjacent areas tricky.
 
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