JT Dragon Scales Help Please

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Uncle Joe

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Guys....I have built several rods blatantly ripping off some of JT's techniques....nowhere near as crisp and clean but my friends were impressed. Thanks JT.

I am trying to use the drywall mesh tape to make the scales for the first time....always used a D thread in the past but this time I want to have the scales as an underwrap on each guide as well and I figured the mesh would save some time.

Are there any tips I should know? I am having trouble getting my A metallic to close up on top of the mesh....it is gapping something crazy.

Thanks all!
 
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buckeye

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I have only done a couple rods using the dry wall tape but I found that I had to do 2 layers when using Metallic A to close all the gaps.
 
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I use D metallic on the tape. Another tip is to trim all the tag ends off the tape so you only have the boarders, for lack of a better word, on the edges of the tape after you put it on the blank. Compress/wrap the tape as tightly as you can on the blank and don't overlap the tape. Hope this helps.
 
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Uncle Joe

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Thanks guys.....you still get good texture through 2 layers of A or one D? I was worried it wouldn't show through with the mesh.....it seems quite a bit flatter than the diamonds I have made with D thread
 
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Uncle Joe

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I use D metallic on the tape. Another tip is to trim all the tag ends off the tape so you only have the boarders, for lack of a better word, on the edges of the tape after you put it on the blank. Compress/wrap the tape as tightly as you can on the blank and don't overlap the tape. Hope this helps.

It did help Raptor......I was experimenting last night and it was a lot easier after I cut off all the tag ends from the tape where it was cut. Thank you.
 
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