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Enamel coat on acrylic

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Enamel coat on acrylic
Posted by mikeymize on Friday, May 05, 2017 6:26 PM

  I'm using acrylic paint (MiG Ammo) as my base coat and wondering if I can use an enamel or laquer based gloss and matte coat without problems. I normally use MM enamel so this has never come up before. Thanks for any help!

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 06, 2017 12:07 AM

I've never used Mig Ammo paints. And it's been years since I switched away from Model Master rattle can lacquer gloss and flat coats. BUT.... generally speaking, I have had no problems with enamels over acrylics, as long as the acrylics have had time to dry AND cure before the dissimilar paint is applied. 

Do you have a "paint mule" to test it out on? 


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Posted by TomcatModelKits on Saturday, May 06, 2017 3:04 AM

I've used tamiya X-22 enamel gloss varnish to seal acrylic paints.  I really like it because it's a lot stronger than acrylic gloss varnish and doesn't eat away at the previous coats of paint.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:33 AM
I've used them over Vallejo,I think the key is to always allow sufficient curing time.

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Posted by mikeymize on Sunday, May 07, 2017 1:47 AM

  Based on what I'm reading, sounds as though it should be okay. I'm definitely going to test the theory on a test bed: i.e., junk model prior to applying to the current project as Stik mentioned.  I want to use up the last of my rattle can top coats before switching over to the airbrush stuff. Thanks for the info everyone.

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