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Gloss Coats and Weathering

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  • Member since
    January, 2018
  • From: West of Philly
Gloss Coats and Weathering
Posted by Eggbert on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 3:51 PM

I have returned to modeling after taking a 10 year hiatus to raise my girls.

I feel overwhelmed with the availiabilty of information via forums, youtube and other sources.  It's like trying to drink from a fire hose.  However, I am having fun relearning and learning too many new things.

Trying to wrap up Hobby Craft's P40F Desert Hawk and Hasegawa's A63M Zero and wanted to try a gloss coat and some weathering, which I have never done so in the past. Lots of suggestions but I can never decipher what the basecoat chemistry is when reading all the suggestions or watching youtube. 

My preferences is to stick with spraying enamel basecoats. So, here are my next steps and wanted to get some feedback:

  • Apply decals
  • Spray with an acrylic gloss clear coat mixed 50/50 Mr. Color Levelling Thinner
  • Apply wash - thinking of buying Tamiya Enamel panel wash or Flory Model Wash
  • Remove excess Wash after drying (enamel=mineral sps; Flory=water)
  • Apply another clear coat....should this be gloss, semi-gloss, satin or flat?  Enamel or Acrylic based?

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bill

Tags: decals , panel lines , wash

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Hobby Craft P-40F 1/48

Hasegawa Mits Zero A6M3 1/48

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  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:04 PM

Welcome aboard.

Spray your gloss coat before applying the decals. This will help you move them if necessary and cut down on silvering. The last clear coat can be whatever you desire. I usually spray Tamyia flat Lacquer but that's my preference.

The rest looks good to me.




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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:28 PM
Hello and welcome aboard.

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:36 PM

Welcome to Finescale!

Have a looking in the Painting forum, too, you might find more info to your question there.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:40 PM

Welcome aboard, Bill!

Steve's advice regarding a gloss coat prior to decals is spot on. I tend to also reapply the gloss coat after decaling because it tends to blend the carrier film in for a seamless appearance. I've also found that a smooth gloss also helps washes to flow around details evenly, where I tend to get irregular splotches when I apply washes over a flat coat. Once the base paint, decals, and washing steps are done, I'll flatten out the finish with Dullcote or Tamiya's flat lacquer before moving on to weathering steps. It seems to me that powdered pigments and Flory give a much more "natural" appearance over the flattened paint, but that's really a matter of personal preference.

Speaking of preference, you're most likely building for your own pleasure. While the steps outlined for the procedures are touted as gospel in many corners of the internet, don't be afraid to experiment on your own to find the techniques that please your eye. Sometimes, those little "accidents" where you stray from someone else's process is where you find things that work out well for your own builds. Trust me - with enough "accidents", you'll develop your own processes, procedures, and techniques as you go along. Relax and just enjoy yourself!

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:32 PM

Welcome to the Forums!


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Posted by fox on Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:16 PM

Hi Bill! Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

I'll second Knight Templars post above. The advice is great. Also, follow the second paragraph. Build for yourself and enjoy what you do. 

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:57 PM

Howdy !

Knight Templar hit the nail on the head ! I do it the same way.

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  • Member since
    January, 2018
  • From: West of Philly
Posted by Eggbert on Friday, January 26, 2018 7:47 AM
Thank you for the welcome. Very nice. Also, these suggestions are great. I really appreciate it. Bear with me as I will be posting other questions throughout these forums. What a great resource. All the best. Bill

On The Bench:

Hobby Craft P-40F 1/48

Hasegawa Mits Zero A6M3 1/48

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, January 27, 2018 2:07 AM

Welcome to FSM Forums!

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