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    November 2005
Clear Flat
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 8, 2003 3:18 AM
Far be it from me to drag up ancient history, but the lack of model paints in my local market place forces me into some drastic correspondence.
In the march 1993 issue of Fine Scale Modeler page 91 by Rusty White, the techniques employed produced incredible results judging by the pics.
My question is, what is Rustys interpretation of Clear Flat ?
Is it Tamiya X22 clear perhaps or some third party paint?

Can someone with more expertise and practical experience than I please shed some light on the subject?
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    May 2003
  • From: The flat lands of the Southeast
Posted by styrene on Monday, September 8, 2003 6:15 AM
Clear flat is exactly what it says it is; it is a clear paint (i.e. no pigment), that dries completely flat--that is, there is no gloss or satin appearance when dry. After decaling, using a gloss overcoat, it's the perfect solution to ensuring a final flat finish (Say THAT 3 times fast!). Many of the model paint companies make this finish. You just have to be careful in choosing. There are lacquer, enamel, and acylic clear flat finishes. Choose the one that is compatible with your base coat, and one that gives you the best results. Some finishes, depending on what you choose, may be a little yellow, or may yellow over time, while others go on quite clear. Experiment until you find what works for you.
Gip Winecoff

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    August 2003
  • From: South Australia
Posted by South Aussie on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 3:28 AM
I not aware of the article you are referring to, but unless Tamiya has just recently released a clear finish in the acrylic range of paint, the Tamiya paint you are referring to is clear flat base, this was designed to be added to other colors to flatten their color.

Tamyia does make a clear finishin their spray pack paints (TS-13).

Wayne I enjoy getting older, especially when I consider the alternative.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 3:22 AM
Thanks heeps Wayne and Gip for your input
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 2:17 PM
Yes, be careful of clear flat vs. flat base. The 'base' should not be used on it's own and needs to be added to some other paint or medium.


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