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What is your favorite Acrylic Clear and Enamel Clear? What brands do you recco?

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    November 2004
What is your favorite Acrylic Clear and Enamel Clear? What brands do you recco?
Posted by jhawk on Monday, January 4, 2021 4:11 PM

Good Afternoon:  I'm wondering what brands of acrylic and enamel clear folks use.  I use the clear as a protective coat between paint layers.  I often use Future, but that doesn't always work for me.  Sometimes the enamel washes or filters eat thru the Future, so I'm looking for something different ....or maybe I don't let the Future dry long enough.  So, what brands of Acrylic Clear and Enamel Clear do you use?  Thanks.

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, January 4, 2021 6:29 PM

I used to use Future, but it has so many issues that pretty much all I use it for now is as an adhesive for attaching PE parts and clear parts.  For clear-coating lately, I have been using the MRP acrylic lacquer clear coats.  Haven't tested those with enamel washes though, or oil washes, because those I could never get to NOT attack the paint underneath, no matter what paint or clear coat I had used in the past.  Tried Flory Models washes recently, and I now wonder why I wasted time with anything else.  All water/clay-based, and they don't attack the paint.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 4, 2021 7:26 PM

My favorite acrylic clear is Alclad Aqua Gloss and Vallejo Matte Varnish

I don't use an enamel clear, but I also like Alclad Klear Kotes which are Lacquer based

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:05 AM

I use Rustoleom Acrylic Clear.  I do not like enamel clearcoats because of their long dry time.  I like Testors lacquer clearcoats, they work fine over enamel paints, and are just as glossy as acrylic or enamel clearcoats.  I have used them for decades without any problems.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:07 AM

I like Tamiya for my acrylic and Humbrol for my enamel clears. And I still use Future bigtime. Although my bottle is running low.


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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:41 AM

Acrylic:  Tamiya ts-13 (?) Spray , decanted...

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