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Black Widow FLocking

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I bought some Flocking recently and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on how to use it best. It looks like I'm going to make one hell of a mess trying.
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For preparation I would recommend doing the sanding them with a 3M type of sanding sponge, then washing them, let them dry thoroughly (use a fan to speed this up). I used a wide mouthed 3.5 gal bucket and put a plastic bag inside it draping the plastic bag over the outside rim. Paint on the glue and then pour the flocking over it all glued areas. Then drop it in the bag that already has flocking in it and "shake it up". Pull out the head and shake off excess flocking. Then use the "pat" method, meaning place excess flocking on the head and pat it lightly with your figure tips. Do this all sides of the head. This patting will get more fibers into the glue and will look better as it is denser than just the shake and bake method. If you got any little smears of flocking on the cheek patches, use lacquer thinner and it will come off---but be careful as if you rub too much it will take off the paint! Also no smoking or open flame while flocking or using the Lacquer thinner!!! It takes about 24 hours for the glue to cure, maybe a bit longer if cooler out. Do 1 head at a time, as the glue dries fairly quickly (apply glue and then the flocking).

A note about air temps: 1 can only covered 9 heads when temps were in the 80's, I think it was too hot out as it went on thicker as it dried easier. I think the glue evaporates quicker in the heat. I did 11 heads and still have 1/4 of a can left, it was in the 60's. Also do it in the shade, especially if warm out as the heads absorb heat from the sunlight, which I think also makes the glue go on thicker. Normally 1 kit will do 12-14 original BF heads. The Bigfoot feeders do take a bit more glue because of the texture and being a tad bigger. But 7 of the 11 were feeders that I did, so go figure. Just make sure all the little valleys and such get glue into them. If it runs/drips it is too thick, just brush it out to areas that are not covered yet. Wear disposable gloves too and do not breath the fibers-meaning be careful not to do it on a windy day.
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