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  • Member since
    February, 2004
Clear Flat Coat
Posted by king.45 on Monday, January 28, 2019 10:45 PM

Need some advice on what you guys use as a clear flat coat for milatary aircraft and armor?

Thanks

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, January 28, 2019 11:00 PM

Clear Flat Coat paint......

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  • From: MN
Posted by Nathan T on Monday, January 28, 2019 11:26 PM

Now that Black Sheep stated the obvious I’ll give you a more helpful answer. I use either Tamiya XF-86 or Windsor and Newton satin Varnish. Both are easy to airbrush and don’t ruin the underlying paint. 

 

 

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    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:58 AM
I like the Alclad Flat,it's really a dead flat and easy to use. If you prefer acrylic,I also use Vallejo Matte Varnish.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 4:25 AM

I am now useing the Alaclads. I use the matt rather than the flat coat.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:51 AM

Bish

I am now useing the Alaclads. I use the matt rather than the flat coat.

 

Isn’t matt clearcoat  same as flat or is it much more dull in sheen? I’ve always thought they’re both the same.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6:59 AM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

 

 
Bish

I am now useing the Alaclads. I use the matt rather than the flat coat.

 

 

 

Isn’t matt clearcoat  same as flat or is it much more dull in sheen? I’ve always thought they’re both the same.

 

I always thought they were one and the same and i think in the past different companies have used different terms. But Alclad sell both, i have not used the flat but from what people like Tony have said an reviews i have read it is flatter than the matt which does have a very slight sheen to it.

Not including the Aqua, they have 5 different clear coats. Not being happy with just a semi matt, they also have a light sheen.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:22 AM

I too thought matte and flat are the same. I wonder if the confusion comes in with some manufacturer's nomenclature.

Alclad comes to mind, whose "flat" is flatter than their "matte". I love their paints but not so much some of their product names and website which is a mish mash of confusion and mis-information.

Back to the original question, my preference is Alclad traditional solvent-based for all clear coats, especially flat.

I try to avoid acrylic flat clear, just haven't found one I really like, and the regular Alclad can go over anything as long as it is cured.

 

-Greg

ZAT
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    November, 2018
Posted by ZAT on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 3:53 PM
Tamiya XF-86 here as well. Good results so far running through an airbrush at a 50% mix with X20A. Have a dropper full of Vallejo gloss and matte that I haven’t tried yet. Was looking at Mr. Hobby, but if the smell is anything like their surfacer... no thank you.
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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:02 PM

I still use the testors lusterless flat

Although, I do have some of the Alclad clear coats, I plan to give them a try soon.

 Bruce

 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:11 AM

hogfanfs

I still use the testors lusterless flat

Although, I do have some of the Alclad clear coats, I plan to give them a try soon.

 

Is that just a rename of the lacquer Dullcoat, I wonder?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:29 AM

Don Stauffer

 

 Is that just a rename of the lacquer Dullcoat, I wonder?
 

Don, I believe it is, it seems to be extactly the same as the Dullcoat. 

 Bruce

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:12 PM

I use Testor's DullCote, too, straight from the rattle-can.  I haven't had any issues with it yet.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by king.45 on Friday, February 01, 2019 10:34 PM
Thanks for the advice. Looks like I need to make a trip to my LHS.

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