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Offline karve

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Light blocking clear parts
« on: January 27, 2019, 05:13:57 am »
Hi all
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, and I'm sure it's been covered several times before, but I need to know....what's the best/most effective way to light block clear parts?
  My Battlestar Galactica has a big clear part at the back for the engines and a significant portion of it needs to be light blocked.
  I've tried doing this on a couple builds and have never had any real success.
Is it just a question of layer upon layer of paint until it works (which will eventually diminish the detail)? Is there one brand of paint that is better at it than others? Is there a secret technique I haven't heard about?

Thanks in advance.  :)
« Last Edit: January 27, 2019, 06:23:19 am by karve »

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Offline Shawn McClure

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Re: Light blocking clear parts
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 10:04:10 am »
The best way is to light block it from the inside of the part before assembly.  If that's possible in your case I would do that.  A ton of primer will do it.  Or black paint works too.  I think the primer is a bit thicker though.

If it can't be blocked from the inside I would probably use a coat of black, then more coats of the base color.  You are right though, more paint means less detail.

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Offline Decoman

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Re: Light blocking clear parts
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 04:20:09 am »
Maybe alu foil would work nicely, if having some proper adhesive.


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