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    Never used liquid mask before so thought I had better ask before I do something stupid. Masking is easy enough, but does it peel off like rubber cement when it is time to unmask. Any help on how to remove it post painting would be useful.

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    MicroScale Micro Mask works great. I use it on vehicle wheels. Paint the wheels, and let it dry. Then I apply the mask with a toothpick and let it dry, then you can paint the tires. When it is all dry, I use the point of an exacto knife or something like that to peel up the dried mask. It stays flexible and peels up pretty easily. I have not tried it on anything else yet, but so far was very pleased. You can also trim it with an xacto to fit before you paint. It goes on kinda thick, but shrinks down in thickness when dry. I used it on a z scale truck and even on something that small it worked well.

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    I either remove it like @emaleyiii say (hobby knife or toothpick), but a rubber eraser can remove it too.

    I haven't used it a lot, but when I have, it's been easy to use.
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    I've never used Micro Mask I'll try it next time I need to buy liquid mask.
    I'm using one from Humbrol that works really well. Peels off easily with an xacto blade like emaleyiii said.

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    I've used Parma Fasmask from the RC isle and aside from being more expensive than I think it should, I like it a lot. Trims super easy, dries fast in light coats, razor sharp lines, and as long as it is built up thick enough it peels right up without lifting. Easy soap and water cleanup. If an edge peels up before you're ready, it stays tacky enough you can press it down and it still sticks.

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    My limited experience with a liquid mask was that if it goes on too thin, it can dry so thin that is a little difficult to remove. Used it to do some weathering, chipped paint. So the tiny dots were too fine to easily remove.

    I am curious how a liquid mask works with straight lines, etc.?
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    This is an old thread, but I haven't found any info anywhere...

    How long does Micro mask take to dry? Is it in the hours range or should I wait at least a day?

    I'm working on a couple of locos and thought it might be easier to mask the windows, lights and number boards instead of removing the "glass" inserts...

    Heiko

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    This is an old thread, but I haven't found any info anywhere...

    How long does Micro mask take to dry? Is it in the hours range or should I wait at least a day?

    I'm working on a couple of locos and thought it might be easier to mask the windows, lights and number boards instead of removing the "glass" inserts...

    Heiko

    @Heiko
    Just ran across this post of yours.
    My recent weathering on my Rock Island GP18's led me to do a little research on liquid masks again.

    Several years ago I bought bottle of a brand that I cannot remember now the name of it? But when I found it, it had dried up.
    But I ran across some military modeler's forum posting about the liquid mask.
    They all talked about two brands.
    Humbrol Maskol
    And
    Incredible White Masking Frisket.

    Micro Mask did NOT get any good reviews.

    After doing a little more reading, I opted to pick up a bottle of Humbrol. Cost about $7 for a small bottle.

    It worked very well at masking off the windows, number boards and headlight on my GP18's.
    It went on easy, dried pretty fast (Hours) and came off without much fuss.
    I did find out that you want to put it on pretty heavy, the thinner it is the harder it is to peel off.

    I have not used any of the Incredible White mask yet, but it had better reviews than Humbrol.
    When I got a bottle of it home, it smelled just like Liquid Latex rubber mold.
    I plan to use it on the next model I weather.
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