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Questions re sequences and clear coating
Posted by GLnewmodeler on Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:34 PM

Hi everyone,  I'm a newbie to this forum and a returnee ( > 50 years ) to modeling so everything has gone way beyond me.  Last built models for fun in my teens but now want to do as good a job as I can.   I've searched the web for info and it's good but still questionable.   Does anyone have a source I can search for the sequences you need to go through for painting/detailing to make a model come out looking good ( note: I'm not yet into aging, etc. but that could be included)?  Also, I've painted my THunderbolt with canned spray paint but I've read you need to clear coat the model before attaching decals and then clear coat again.  I've also read the opposite!  What do I need to do at this stage before decaling and after.   This has been a great learning experience so far but I don't want to mess up the model at this point.  Thanks for listening and any help you may provide.

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    June, 2018
Posted by E Baker on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 11:06 AM

Do not quote me in any of this because I have yet to actually try it for myself, but this is the general sequence I have heard works well, and will be trying myself:

-general assembly, filling/sanding, and having dust carefully washed off.

-paint (preferably useing a gloss paint as decals stick to a gloss surface better, and are less likely to silver. if you use a flat paint, it is generaly recomended to then spray a gloss clear coat over it. if you use a gloss paint from the get-go, you can skip this step)

-decal (you can use whatever setting solution you like; I am cheap however, and dont use any.)

-spray a final clear cote (this does two things; a- it is the finish you want(gloss, satin, flat, etc.) and it also helps seal the decals on, so that if they did not adhere well, the final coat will help to seal them on.

Not sure if this will help you or not, but it is the order I have heard works well, and I trust it enough to be willing to try it for myself.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:53 PM

That's it. It's important to put the decals on a really smooth surface. Some decals are more forgiving than others. I used to put down decals on any kind of finish, with mixed results. Better to be safe than sorry.

I like to use Future acrylic floor finish for the coat over the decals. One reason being that I weather with oil paint highly diluted in odorless turpentine. Acrylic is impervious to it, some other finishes like lacquer might not always be.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:57 PM

Prime before painting first!!!

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:59 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Prime before painting first!!!

 

Always do that

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    May, 2018
Posted by GLnewmodeler on Friday, June 22, 2018 9:05 AM

Thanks E Baker.  That's the information I'm looking for.  Concise and to the point.   I'll give it a try.  Thanks also to all who replied.  

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