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  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Strongsville, Ohio
Flat finish
Posted by gbritnell on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 4:56 PM
I am just finishing up my first camo aircraft job and I used Future before applying the decals and it worked fine. My question is: what is the best product to use to get the plane back to a flat finish? This is the first time I have ever done this flat/gloss/flat type of painting. I have sprayed enamels and acrylics so whichever one gives the best results is fine with me.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:04 AM
Its more a question of preferrence, gbritnell. Ask 10 modellers, and you'll probably get 10 different answers.
Most, if not all, paint manufacturers produce their own flat finish coat. My suggestion would be to buy a couple of different ones, and test the results on an unwanted kit or part. Spray it over a coat of Future, and see if you get the results you desire.
I have always had good luck with Testors Dullcoat lacquer.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: The Hoosier State
Posted by plasticmod992 on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:54 PM
I would suggest Testors dullcote as well because it sprays well when airbrused, easy to use and it's bottle size is economical. I have been using Testors clear laquer finishes exclusively and at shows modelers are very surprised to find out that my award winning models were finished with Testors clear laquers. Give them a try, you'll like them! Smile [:)]
Greg Williams Owner/ Manager Modern Hobbies LLC Indianapolis, IN. IPMS #44084
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 10:16 PM
You can take the finish back to dull by mixing Future and Tamiya Flat Base X-21. It's less volitile than that stuff in a can, you can airbrush it and the degrees of gloss/dull are infinite plus you can thin it with alcohol so that it doesn't fill in your panel lines and other detail. 10% X-21 to 90% Future is pretty glossy, 50/50 is ultra flat. Play with the mixture to get the sheen you're after.Big Smile [:D]


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