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  • Member since
    May 2003
Clear coats
Posted by karlwb on Friday, June 20, 2003 4:56 PM
What are you guys using for clear top coats? I'm mostly interested in what is available in the UK.

I have used Humbrol Clear Cote ( matt & satin ) and I'm please with the finish, but I have found that it just will not completely dry.
The satin is worse than the matt, you can handle your model, but if you hold it just a little too long you feel it slightly sticky as you move your fingers. It does not leave any marks though.
I'm thinning before spraying with the recommended White Spirit and waiting the allotted time for recoating but it appears to make no difference. Humbrol don't appear to have a web site so I'm unable to ask them about it, I will try mailing the Airfix website as they are one and the same company.

Have you guys had similar problems with these clears, and how did you ger over the drying problem?
I know we've had a similar post before for this, but I was wondering if there had been any developments.


  • Member since
    May 2003
Posted by karlwb on Saturday, June 21, 2003 3:15 PM
I've just been to a model shop for some paint ( regular matt varnish to try ) and I was told by the guy in the shop that Humbrol have discontinued the Clear Cote range of products.

Wonder if this has anything to do with this fault?

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by RonUSMC on Saturday, June 21, 2003 4:46 PM
I dont mess with Humbrol.

I use Testors Flat Clear Acrylic and also Future for gloss. Active Kits: 1/48 AM Avenger 1/35 Sd.Kfz 251 Ausf C
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 23, 2003 4:53 PM

I agree with RonUSMC, Future is a great clear coat. I think in the UK is is called KLEER Floor Polish. Use a thin coats and let them dry for 24-48 hours. It can even be brushe on, it has amazing self leveling properties.


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