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New Alclad aluminum.
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:24 AM

I found out that Alclad now offers a new Aluminum variant called High Gloss Aluminum.  I am an Alclad fan and decided to try it.  I used it on the compressor blades and case of my Allison 501.  It is quite different from the other aluminums I have used.

It is more opaque than their other aluminum tints, which means that you do not need to get a perfect undercoat.  I used it directly on the kit plastic.  These parts were blue, and I thought maybe a slight bluish tint would look good.  However, the blue did not show through.  It is not as polished looking as their polished aluminum, which is good because I did not want to the surface to look polished.  But it is bright!  That is what I wanted.  I will now keep this version on my bench for when I desire that kind of finish.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:46 AM

Looks great Don !! Any feel for it's durability compared with other Alclad products or compared with MM Metalizer ( my old metal paint was MMM, looking around now for it's replacement).

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Posted by mikeymize on Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:34 PM

Very impressive. I've never used Alclad but have notice the positive comments regarding it. I'm building Eduard's MiG-21 and want to do a NMF. What type or colour would you recommend from their line?

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Posted by Bish on Friday, June 12, 2020 6:10 AM

Don, whats the product code for this, can't seem to find it on the website.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, June 12, 2020 8:49 AM

Bish

Don, whats the product code for this, can't seem to find it on the website.

 

My apologies.  I was mistaken on its name- it is called high shine aluminum, not high gloss.

number alc 126

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, June 12, 2020 10:31 AM

oldermodelguy

Looks great Don !! Any feel for it's durability compared with other Alclad products or compared with MM Metalizer ( my old metal paint was MMM, looking around now for it's replacement).

 

Last week I bought some cans of Model Master Metalizer Aluminum Plate at Hobby Lobby.  

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Friday, June 12, 2020 10:58 AM

JohnnyK

 

Last week I bought some cans of Model Master Metalizer Aluminum Plate at Hobby Lobby.  

 

Well that's good news ! I use aluminum plate buffing in the bottle. Supposedly it's going away or gone. Mostly what I do with it are all small parts, spray cans are a bit overkill for me.. I just kind of figured I might as well look into other products now before I run out. Alclad is always an option but am curious how fragile it might be.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, June 12, 2020 2:30 PM

Don Stauffer

 

 
Bish

Don, whats the product code for this, can't seem to find it on the website.

 

 

 

My apologies.  I was mistaken on its name- it is called high shine aluminum, not high gloss.

number alc 126

 

 

Thanks Don, found it now.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, June 12, 2020 3:32 PM

Another option for Alclad is Bare Metal Foil (Oh No!! Not him again!!)

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Friday, June 12, 2020 3:47 PM

JohnnyK

Another option for Alclad is Bare Metal Foil (Oh No!! Not him again!!)

 

I've seen some wonderful work done with bmf to simulate chrome. Not with me doing it by the way, mine is passable maybe at best. I will say I thought it would be more difficult to do. But for chrome I've settled on Molotow pens. No the silver plate is for things like engine manifolds and such or well,metal plates lol. But I really like that buffing aspect because it brings in those specular metal like highlights and tones.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, June 13, 2020 9:33 AM

oldermodelguy

No the silver plate is for things like engine manifolds and such or well,metal plates lol. But I really like that buffing aspect because it brings in those specular metal like highlights and tones.

 

That is what this new stuff is so good for.  Shiny metal look without needing perfect undercoat.

One thing I have found in using it.  I had been putting it on pretty thick, and using the stuff up faster than with other Alclads.  Turns out this stuff takes a minute or so of drying before it really turns opaque and shiny.  Put it on slowly to give it time to gloss up.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:43 AM

Don Stauffer

 

That is what this new stuff is so good for.  Shiny metal look without needing perfect undercoat.

One thing I have found in using it.  I had been putting it on pretty thick, and using the stuff up faster than with other Alclads.  Turns out this stuff takes a minute or so of drying before it really turns opaque and shiny.  Put it on slowly to give it time to gloss up.

Good to know, thanks Don. I'll have to get some shipped in ( local guy last I knew doesn't handle Alclad).

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Posted by mikeymize on Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:34 PM

 I agree with you on the spraycans. Not being able to control the amount is a big drawback for me.I've used the Model Master metalizers in my airbrush and always liked the results. Never used Alclad but would like to see how that works.

 

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