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Micro Mesh

by Gordon Fraser

Micromesh was developed to restore full size aircraft glazing. It is a very fine set of polishing cloths that run from 2400 grit up to 12,000 grit. The kit also provides a plastic polish for a final polish.

The only real trick to remember when using MicroMesh is that with each reduction in grit it must be used at 90 degrees to the previous grade. If a rotating motion is used the system will not work.

This system will remove any scratches from clear cockpit and other glazing and is great at reducing protruding windows to a level that is flush with the rest of the surface of your model, i.e. wing tip lights and airliner windows etc.

MicroMesh can be used to polish rubbed down joints back to the same surface state as the rest of your model. (ideal if you are metal foiling etc) and can also be used to polish paint work on your models.

If used in the following way on the likes of car bodies or on motor bike fuel tanks and fairings you will have a very high gloss surface that will in every way portray a modern paint finish.

Check the surfaces that you want to paint for any sink marks or ripples etc. Fill as required and polish to a high shine with MicroMesh.

Spray paint the surfaces the required colour or colours and leave to dry for about seven days. Then use MicroMesh (lightest grits only) to very gently remove any ridges and high spots. Repeat this stage two to three times until the painted surface is very smooth and shiny.

Now place all of the transfers onto the surface of the part and leave to dry over at least 10 days and longer if possible.

Now as with the painting above put about 3 to 5 coats of gloss lacquer on top of the paint and transfers rubbing down after each coat.

By now you should have a part that has a deep shine that is only found on the likes of motor bikes and very fast cars.

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Here are a couple of suppliers

Little Cars

Club member Paul Fitzmaurice sells micro-mesh in sheet and abrasive tools. Contact him via his web site www.little-cars.co.uk/ or at

Uncle Jacks
Lavendon Road
Olney Bucks
MK46 4HH

UK Tel (+44) 01234 711980

Optum International Ltd

PO Box 262
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3FR
England

Tel: +44 (0)1444 415027
Fax: +44 (0)1444 458606

Optum also sell a range of products for the modeller - Green Stuff, Casting resins, superglues and several types of putties.

Ian French

Tel: +44 (0)1933 355891
Fax: +44 (0)1933 413218

Ian sells two different packs of mesh and can also supply bulk packs.

From branches of chemists you can get nail buffers for about £1.00 which have 4 very fine grades on them. A very useful and cheap alternative to MicroMesh for the occasional user.

Last updated 20 January 2008

 

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