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Ready to decal F-18C

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  • Member since
    September, 2017
Ready to decal F-18C
Posted by MrDave on Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:29 PM

First, please forgive if this post is not totally in the right section:

1. I plan to use Alcad II(ALC-600) to gloss coat prior to decal application.

2. Should I also plan to gloss coat after decaling?

3. What brand dull coat do you all suggest?

4. Am I to assume that the canopy should be masked prior to dull coating?


Thanks for helping a newbie...

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Mr. Dave

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:14 PM

You don’t have to gloss coat on top of the decals,you can seal them with the flat coat.I would recommend Alclad Klear Flat.Yes,you wouldn’t want to spray flat on your canopy.

  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:18 PM

Hi MrDave and welcome!

You didn't mention whether or not you have and airbrush, but since you're using Alclad I'll assume that you do.

You should spray a light coat or two of the gloss after decaling if the decals are thick to help blend them into the rest of the surface, and/or if you plan to weather the aircraft with washes or other techniques that would degrade the decals. Be sure to wipe away any residue from the decals and setting solutions from the surface before applying any additional clear coats.

I leave the canopy masking on until all painting and clear coating is finished.

There are a number of good flat and light sheen finishes on the market. I happen to like Alclad's Klear Kotes, and have also used Testor's Dullcoat rattle cans with good results. Others will weigh in with their favorites.

Hope this will help you!



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