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I am prepping an enzo for a two tone paint job and its been a really cool process as well as a learning experience.

I was first going to mask off the top and bottom and paint them. After some logical thinking, I came to the conclusion that it would be impossible to pull off without having some overspray present.

So after some searching of 1:1 paint shops and seeing how they go about it, I adopted the technique they use.

Paint the entire model with the base coat, lightly painting the top. Once that process is dry, mask it off and then paint the top with 2nd color.

I have only been practicing this on spare models as I prep my Enzo for this job.

Once it is complete, I will write up a tutorial. But I need more practice now :giggle
 

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Another technique I've heard is taping off your guideline, then spraying a quick coat of clear. Clear is usually heavier so you have to use light coats, but it fills in the small gaps. Then spray your color coat. Peel off at an angle, should be good to go. I've never used the technique, but I've heard it repeated for automotive and house painting.
 
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Good question. I recommend using Testors masking tape. It is strong enough to make straight accurate lines. Also I would only go with Tamiya 40mm tape to do the job for curves and templates. This tape if burnished correctly will not fail you.
 

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I just started to do 2-3 tone paint jobs .

1. Spray the car in primer
2. Mask off the area for #1 color and paint #2 color.
3. Unmask car and mask off #2 color , paint #1 color.

I use masking tape to mask the lines and it has been working out OK . This is the second car I've done this way. I usually let one coat dry for at least 24 hours before tempting to mask the next color.

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My biggest issue with masking is that 3M masking tape leaves an interesting pattern on the paint underneath. I would chalk that up to soft paint and letting it cure but I always give the paint 36-48 hours before masking for another color.
 

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I've used the clear box tape in the past. Its excellent for making straight lines and depending on the brand, is sometimes stickier then masking tape. The downside to box tape is that it leaves more residue when you peal it off and has the possibility to remove some of the paint underneath if it hasn't cured long enough. When I use box tape, I peel it off as soon as I'm done painting what needs to be painted. I've found better results though with the masking tape(unless I'm only doing one color).
 

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Do it freehand, not tape needed, but needs a steady hand but as you know OVERSPREY, but if done right its a cool effect.

Stick with M3, but do wait till paint is dry, a good 48hrs is safe.
 
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Go to the Auto Paint store buy yourself fine line tape it works great you put it down first on your color split then use the green low stick tape to the bottom edge of the fine line tape to mask the all ready painted part, peel at an angle then clear coat no lines if done correctly :goodidea
 
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