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Masking with white glue

Tip: White glue: it's not just for windshield mounting and bulbmaking anymore. It's also a great masking agent, if used carefully.

I'm currently building a '66 Nova Pro Stock in a monochromatic paint scheme. Rather than fussing with trying to paint the bumpers and grille separately, I mounted them on the car and filled in the areas I wanted left chrome (e.g., the turn signal lenses) with white glue.

After priming and painting the car, I carefully cut around the mask with a brand-new hobby-knife blade. Then I used a fine-tipped pair of tweezers to lift the mask to expose the unpainted chrome.

If you want to try this technique, be sure to experiment first on some scrap plastic from the kit you're building, to see if the primer or paint will attack the dried glue.

I hope this idea is useful to someone.

- Joel Wood
Sarnia, Alabama


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