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Decals on Armor
Posted by cadman on Sunday, September 09, 2018 9:05 AM

Hello,

What do you folks do to your armor kits to prepare for appling decals and how do you seal them after they are set? Thanks in advance, George

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 09, 2018 11:01 AM

I apply a gloss coat all over both before and after the decals. As well as providing the gloss surface for the dcals, it gives me the surface i want to oil weathering.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, September 09, 2018 2:03 PM

Ditto

Exactly what Bish says,I will add that you would naturally finish it off with a final dull coat

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Posted by cadman on Sunday, September 09, 2018 2:17 PM

What do you use for your gloss coats, testors, tamiya, future, etc

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 09, 2018 2:30 PM

Alclad Aqua gloss. Though i do also paint with Xtracoour enamels, as these are gloss i don't need to gloss coat before decals, but i do after to protect the paint and decals during weathering.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, September 09, 2018 5:14 PM

cadman

What do you use for your gloss coats, testors, tamiya, future, etc

 

 

It doesn't matter which one you use. You're going to get a lot of different opinions. Use what you have on hand.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, September 09, 2018 5:52 PM

cadman

What do you use for your gloss coats, testors, tamiya, future, etc

 

I'm using Alclad Aqua Gloss,I have also used Testors Lacquer Gloss,and Vallejo,as was mentioned,there are many different options,after using you will find one that works for you.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, September 10, 2018 8:58 AM

I use Testors Gloss Coat lacquer.  It drys fast and is available at most craft stores so I don't need to take the long trip to the hobby shop.  I also do the whole thing afterwards with Testors Dullcoat, for same reasons.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, September 10, 2018 11:26 AM

I use Rustoleun clearcoat in rattle can. Lasts a long time and easily replenished going to Walmart should I run out.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, September 10, 2018 11:52 AM

Don Stauffer

I use Testors Gloss Coat lacquer.  It drys fast and is available at most craft stores so I don't need to take the long trip to the hobby shop.  I also do the whole thing afterwards with Testors Dullcoat, for same reasons.

 

 

Hey Don,I use Testors lacquer gloss also,I liked it for ease of use,but it didnt hold up to enamel washes,ruined some paint jobs.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, September 10, 2018 12:09 PM

Tojo72

 

Hey Don,I use Testors lacquer gloss also,I liked it for ease of use,but it didnt hold up to enamel washes,ruined some paint jobs.

 

 

I've noticed the same thing with Testors lacquer gloss. I had some left over automotive gloss paint (I do not remember the name off the top of my head) and have been using it very successfully for protective layering.

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, September 10, 2018 1:20 PM

I use Future and it holds up well.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:45 AM

I had one can of the supposedly lacquer that was bad. I wonder if they had a whole batch that was really their enamel clearcoat that they stuck the wrong label on.  Never had a bad experience since.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 12:16 PM

Don Stauffer

I had one can of the supposedly lacquer that was bad. I wonder if they had a whole batch that was really their enamel clearcoat that they stuck the wrong label on.  Never had a bad experience since.

 

 

Nah,I'm talking about the stuff in the jar,airbrushing it on.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:54 AM

Tojo72

 

 
Don Stauffer

I had one can of the supposedly lacquer that was bad. I wonder if they had a whole batch that was really their enamel clearcoat that they stuck the wrong label on.  Never had a bad experience since.

 

 

 

 

Nah,I'm talking about the stuff in the jar,airbrushing it on.

 

I have never tried the glosscoat in a bottle in my airbrush, just use it for brushing small areas.  Never had a problem with it afterwards. I have airbrushed the bottled dullcoat but again never had a problem.

Incidently, I like the bottled lacquer glosscoat for instrument panel glass glossing. I find it easier to just dip a small brush into the bottle than to pour future into something to brush.  Dries super shiney.  I use a toothpick to drop a drop on 1:72 panel decals to make them look shinier than rest of panel.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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