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Finishing Tips

This page is where I will put tips for finishing that I have learned over the years, what works and what doesn't work. 



Ok, so you've finished constructing your rocket, putting sanding sealer on the fins (if you're using balsa wood fins) and are now ready to paint.  Usually, you're next step should be to either give the rocket a coat of primer or gloss (or flat) white paint.  Now you need to mask off part of the rocket to get that same look in the catalog.  Problem is, some masking tapes can, when you remove it, peel the paint right off the model. 

I have had this problem ever since I've been building model rockets and as a result, I would usually just paint the model one solid color.  However, I have found a solution.  Scotch tapes (a 3M company) manufactures something called Removable Tape.  It is clear like regular Scotch tape, but the adhesive used is identical to that found on Post-It note pads.  Position it, if it's not just where you want it, pull it off and reposition it.  The best thing, however, is that it doesn't pull the paint off with it.  I have already used it on two models and am quite pleased with the results.  You can find it any stationary or art supplies store (Michael's, for instance).  Give it a try, I think you'll be pleased.