Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Clear coat over Model Air acrylics,

3 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    April, 2007
Clear coat over Model Air acrylics,
Posted by Leddy on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:46 PM


I airbrushed Model Air Russian green over my Polikarpov and then spot brushed Future over after 2 days drying to give a good decal surface.  I want to cover the whole plane (MA acrylic )with a gloss or semi gloss clear coat.

Can you recommend a good covering for plane body and decals?  I have Model Master Acryl clear coat and Future?  Which would be best?  Are there better brands that would be compatible with the MA acrylic?



  • Member since
    April, 2004
Posted by Jon_a_its on Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:14 AM

Gloss, Decal, Gloss again to seal, then weather & finish coat.

You will be fine with Future/Kleer thin coats only.

For a semi-gloss, allow to dry & re-coat for a glossier finish.

You can also mat Future down with up to 5-10% Tamiya X21 Flat base.

Spray thin coats of neat Future, then a coat of Future + X21, for a mat finish.

NB, I have used this with OLD formula Future/Kleer, not the new milky or smelly fragranced stuff.

I've also used Humbrol Enamel, Mat, Gloss & Semi-Gloss, which are fine over Vallejo ModelAir, provided it is fully cured. Some people report that the Humbrol Varnishes will still yellow white markings over time, but I haven't noted this yet.

I Haven't used MM acrylic varnish so can't comment.

East Mids Model Club 28th Annual Show 20th MAY 2018

Don't feed the CM!


  • Member since
    April, 2007
Posted by Leddy on Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:25 AM
Jon, Re: Future, thin coats! Are you brushing or airbrushing? If airbrushing how do you thin and clean airbrush? Thank you! Leddy
  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:25 AM

I airbrush future as is, no thinning requred.  Clean with water and/or acrylic paint brush cleaner available in any art store.  Just make sure you really, really clean it well otherwise it you will spend some time  trying to desolving dried future with laquer thinner or such the next time around.

As for matt or satin, Vallejo air, microscale have all worked well for me.


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.