Using Bare Metal Foil

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Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby dge467 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:44 am

I hope this helps anyone who wants to try using the foil.

I like to use a Xacto knife, always with a new blade. I usually keep a designated blade for the job just for the foil. A pair of tweezers, and a Q-tip. Also use lots of patience!

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You want to cut out a piece of foil a little larger then the area you want to cover. Use the tweezers to lift it from the sheet.

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Apply the foil on the area with the tweezers.

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Use the Q-tip to smooth out the foil.

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Now carefully trim the foil. I like to make some small cuts on the inside of the window molding corners to keep the foil from ripping.

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Use your tweezers to carefully remove the excess foil.

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Now use the Q-tip to smooth out the foil again.

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That's it. With some practice and a lot of patience, you will find it is not to bad to work with!

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby LloydL » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:22 am

Up till now I have always used a tooth pick to smooth the foil down with, but intend to try the cotton bud next time.

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:24 am

Excellent how-to. Thanks for this.

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby pfuetze » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:33 am

excellent how-to, thanks for it!
you can post it in the building tips in the sticky topics on top as well, in that way it will be remember and easier to find later?
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby Dodgefarmer » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:08 am

Thank You. :text-goodpost:

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby SRQSloter » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:11 am

I gots a question. I picked some up to try. Have you ever had any problem with it pulling up the paint when you remove excess?

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby dge467 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:24 am

SRQSloter wrote:I gots a question. I picked some up to try. Have you ever had any problem with it pulling up the paint when you remove excess?

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I have had lift the clear coat once. It was just a tiny spot. I did have it lift paint once too now that I think about it. It was on a die cast car that I painted. It may have been the paint prep though.
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby SRQSloter » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:26 am

You ever try clearing over it?
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby RazorJon » Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:18 pm

hey I got to try this, thanks for the how-to
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby Ember » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:15 pm

I'm afraid I still hate the stuff. I don't have any issues on the likes of trim around windows. But anything with more complex curves and deeper curves like bumpers and grills drives me bonkers!

One thing that I would mention. When removing the foil from the sheet, don't pull it back on itself as pictured. Sometimes those micro creases can be impossible to remove. They also seem to cause weaknesses in the foil.
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby Cjent » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:44 am

COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby martin0409 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:04 am

Very creative indeed. I need to try this on my next build. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby dge467 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:32 pm

Great! :banana-dance: I hope this helps to motivate anyone who wanted to try it. And if you have any tips on using it that you find makes it easier, post them.
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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby Smilin Ray » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:13 pm

Thanks!! Maybe I'll get better rusults next time.

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Re: Using Bare Metal Foil

Postby Blacktop Disciple » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:31 pm

Thank you for posting that tutorial. I didnt think it was a specific material. I thought people were using tinfoil, like you get for wrapping food. Im going to give this a go.
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