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Best way to mask a cabinet graphic for painting

By sixtyfourbits

3 months ago

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#1 3 months ago

Hey everyone,
I have a robocop who’s cabinet head could use a bit of freshening up. I’m not looking to do a full restoration or anything, more just get it looking more presentable.
I feel the graphics are fine, so I just want to mask them off and repaint the black. What’s the best way / material to do this? And once the black is painted, would I need to clear coat it all? Any help or thoughts Would be appreciated.

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#2 3 months ago

Any type of paint mask , just choose one that will work with the paint you plan on using. If you are using solvent based paint make sure you use a mask that is made for solvent based paint. oramask, gerber, fiskit Any of those will make a product that will work for you. Clear coat will even the sheen if you are just repainting certain areas.

#3 3 months ago

I’d go with frisket and an unbelievably sharp X-acto knife

#4 3 months ago

I would test an area first, most of the time on these cabinets the tape will pull the paint off.

#5 3 months ago

I just did this to my high speed.
Low tack frisket and an xacto knife.

Scuff up the black without sanding the graphic.
Pull the backing paper off frisket and apply it over graphic.
Cut around the graphic. Your cut DOES NOT have to be perfect as long as you are very close. If you leave a little of the original black on there under the frisket, a 1/16" will not show. Do not cut onto the graphic.
Test spray semi gloss rustoleum black onto something else. If it is an ok match, mask off the surrounding cabinet and spray the entire panel. Spray in very light coats from a distance of 12"to 15". If the sheen is not what you want, go wetter on the last coat.

Do not overpaint.
When paint is dry to touch (30min) pull back frisket slowly back over itself (180*).

I did not take before pics but i can send you after pics showing the areas that were painted this way. I was able to keep most of the cabinet original while repairing the battle scars. High Speed is a stencil cabinet so i used this method on the black, the red and the yellow, all with rattle cans.

#6 3 months ago

I agree.
Test the low tack frisket as well before commiting entire graphic.
Be sure to get LOW TACK frisket.

3 weeks later
#7 68 days ago

Just wanted to update this and thank everyone for your ideas and recommendations. I ended up working on robocops backbox this weekend and am very happy with how it turned out. With the help of wood filler, sandpaper, paint, a roller, frisket paper and an exacto knife, it cane out as wonderfully as I could’ve hoped for. I can’t wait to find another project to use frisket on again. Here’s some pics.

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After applying the frisket and then trimming it roughly 1/2 a centimetre from the graphic edges:
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End result:
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#8 68 days ago

That looks really good!

#9 68 days ago
Quoted from tandem2:

That looks really good!

Thanks! I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

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#12 68 days ago

Thanks miracleman and flynnibus ! I appreciate it

#13 68 days ago

I'd buy that for a dollar!

Give the man a hand.

#14 68 days ago

Wow! That came out AWESOME.

Nice work.

#15 68 days ago

Thanks atari_daze and only_pinball , I appreciate the kind words.

I'm really happy with how well the frisket sheets worked, and how nice they were to work with. I really didn't want to spend the time and money on ordering decals, so I'm happy that I was able to save the original artwork, as well as freshen it up with some paint touchups and then lock it back in with the clear coat.

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