Playing with Putty

I have been having a very hard time trying to get excess putty off after it has dried. I am using it to fill seams.

I have been using the following grit sandpaper:

2000 4000 6000 8000

I have been spending a great deal of time trying to sand it off with no avail. The "blotches" never seem to go away.

Any thoughts or suggestions?



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Bill Sante
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Try starting with a heavier grit the grits that you are using are for polishing. I suggest starting with 220grit going higher with 320 then

400 to 600 grits. In order to get good adhesion for your primer or paints 600 is the lightest grit you should go. cheers John Please vist my sites
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Here are two methods that I like to use One is USC Icing it is available at any auto paint supply store. This is a catalyzed spot putty. It takes a little practice but the results are fantastic. The second method "the one I prefer" is take the left over sprue from the kit shave the plastic into very small pieces. Go buy IPS Weld-On 3 "available at any plastic supply store" Using a small amount of the weld on melt the Plastic into the mix until you get a consistency of Peanut butter. Keep it covered when not in use or it will dry out. Apply the Plastic putty in small amounts to the seams let it dry and you end up with a putty that matches the color of the kit and a putty that sands at the same rate as the plastic around it, as it is the same as the substrate. Hope this helps cheers John

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If it is a long, accessible seam I use an X-acto blade as a scraper. Hold the blade nearly 90 degrees to the surface, and draw it along.

If I don't scrape I use 320 grit. I always prime when I fill seams, and primer will rapidly fill scratches from 320 grit. I don't use the ultra-fine stuff till I have finish coats on.

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Don Stauffer in Minnesota

Two reasons:

1) Those ultra-fine grits you're using are no good for removing excess putty; they work much too slowly for that. They're for removing scratches, more like polishing than sanding.

2) Even if you sand away all of the putty, you'll probably see a colored blotch because the plastic will have been stained by the putty. Don't worry, it'll be hidden later when you paint it.

To remove excess putty, wet-sand it with 400 to 600 grit. If there's a lot of excess, use a file, razor knife, or metal scraper first to remove as much as you can, then use the sandpaper.

After the 600 grit, apply a coat of sandable primer and let it dry; this will hide the color of the putty and make it easier to see whether it needs any more work with the 600 grit. Then work your way up to progressively finer grades of sandpaper to gradually polish out the scratches.

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Wayne C. Morris

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Ol' 45

=== Bill, My son-in-law is in the construction business and when I have a problem like yours, I borrow his high speed orbital sander with 150 grit sandpaper - works like a charm all the time.

Actually, I use denatured alcohol (DA) on a cotton swab or a cotton ball - first one I find. First soak the area where the putty is at with the DA and rub with the swab/ball. The DA will dissolve the putty slowly, so take your time. Let it air dry and check your progress. An additional assist is your trusty number 11 blade. Use it as a scrapper(spelling?). Place the blade about 80 degrees top part inclined towards you and drag it towards you - not too hard, just enough pressure to scrape just a bit off, do this several times, then go back to the DA, and repeat until you get the results you are looking for.

Good luck,

Ray Austin, TX ===

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Ray S. & Nayda Katzaman

Use Apoxie Sculpt, apply to the seam, apply hand cream like Neutrogena and work it with a circular motion. A couple of my fellow club members use this technique and it works like a champ.

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