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      Post #69335, posted on 02-09-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi All,

      Over the years I've tried just about every clear coat for modelling and have yet to find one that really does what I want. Doing some research and seeing them be used by other modellers to stunning results has made me decide to give them a try.

      What are your thoughts? Who's tried them? I know that generally they produce a high shine that may look somewhat unrealistic in 1/144 but I thought about "knocking the shine back" with some 2000+ grit sand paper?

      I've found that Zero Paints has them in Gloss, Semi-Gloss, and Matte. Wonder if those would do the trick?

      Thanks!

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      Post #69337, posted on 02-09-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      You can make your own clear coat in different degrees of flatness by mixing Tamiya Flat Base with Future/Pledge with Future Shine/ Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish/Pledge revive it (the latest name for the same product) as follows:

      1 part Flat Base to 3 parts "Future" = very flat
      1 part Flat Base to 10 parts "Future" = flat
      1 part Flat Base to 15 parts "Future" = satin

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      Post #69339, posted on 02-09-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      Hi All,

      Over the years I've tried just about every clear coat for modelling and have yet to find one that really does what I want. Doing some research and seeing them be used by other modellers to stunning results has made me decide to give them a try.

      What are your thoughts? Who's tried them? I know that generally they produce a high shine that may look somewhat unrealistic in 1/144 but I thought about "knocking the shine back" with some 2000+ grit sand paper?

      I've found that Zero Paints has them in Gloss, Semi-Gloss, and Matte. Wonder if those would do the trick?

      Thanks!

      Chris



      I had the same thoughts , I never licked the high gloss you see in Die-cast as realistic .
      So what I have been doing and what I used is a Tamiya Gloss but with MrColor self leveling thinner apply the decals and with a final coat of Alclad ALC-311 Klear Kote Light Sheen give me that sheen that I was looking for .

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      Post #69350, posted on 02-10-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks! I guess I've got a couple more things to try! I'd still really like to try a true 2k clear too, though. I have yet to see anything give such an outstanding clear.

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      Post #69351, posted on 02-10-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Chris,

      I was recently looking for some accurate 1970 Mopar paints and came across a company in Florida called Gravity Colors. They offer some multi part clear coats that might be worth looking into. There are some videos on you tube demonstrating the use of their clear coats; keep in mind that being auto paints, the desired effect is quite glossy. Just google Gravity Colors.

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      Post #69359, posted on 02-11-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Chris,

      I use a few different clearcoats depending on what Im doing.

      Some times if I want a dull sheen I use Floquil railroader flat

      Usually II finish the fuselage with future floor finish (Johnsons...) using a 1 inch wide sable brush. A couple of coats then polish it up with an LMG polishing kit. Something else I like to have on hand is also Testors Flat which is lacquer based which I may use on the wings to dull it down a bit from too much gloss paint.

      Lastly I also use Sherwin Williams clear Lacquer or Mr. Super Clear uv cut clear decanted out of a spray can. Sprayed with a 5mm Iwata revolution airbrush.

      Hope this helps.

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      Post #69363, posted on 02-11-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      I love Microscale clear coats.

      http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=FINPROD

      The gloss, in particular, is so smooth that it allows decals to just flow and float atop it. That's one of my big requirements for a clear coat, that the decals not catch on it, making them easily positionable. That sometimes happens with Future, and why I've moved away from it. There's really no silvering with Microscale gloss, it's virtually odorless, dries quickly, and is very tough. I've also not had it yellow on me.

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      Post #69367, posted on 02-12-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks everyone! I've got some new methods to try!

      I've never tried a true 2k clear but the finishes I've seen with them are insanely smooth. Maybe too smooth? I'll report back what I find!

      Chris

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