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Clear Coat directly on my model
Posted by crazymodeler on Thursday, April 21, 2022 7:33 PM

I know primer makes paint stick bettter but I have a model that the color of the molded plastic is so cool that I want to decal and clear cloat directly on top without primer, obviously. Will that cause problems?

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, April 21, 2022 8:40 PM

 Shouldn't be any problem. After application of decals clear coat again for protection. Make sure everything is completely dry between steps.

we're modelers it's what we do

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, April 21, 2022 8:49 PM

Hi there! I've made a few cars over the years but I've never tried it without any paint. However, I know a couple of guys who have, and very successfully. IIRC, they said they polished the body a few times to remove any imperfections and waxed it like a real car. 

Post your question in the "Painting" section. I'm sure there will be quite a few members there who will answer your question better than me.

Good luck.

Jim Captain

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   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 21, 2022 9:06 PM

That's what I did with this Tamiya Porsche Jim

 

Thanks,

John

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, April 21, 2022 10:41 PM

One of the guys that does it that way only builds "Old" cars so there are no decals to worry about. He's taken first place at a couple of contests I attended. The other builds all types of cars and other classes of builds and I believe he uses that process in some of them too. They tried to have me do one but it's just too much work for these old hands. 

When I hit reply, your pic of the porsche blew up to full screen. Man, that paint looks like about a couple of inches of glass on top of the paint. Fantastic finish! Toast The rest of the build looks just as good. I've got a couple of those trailers laying around on the shelves. 

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 21, 2022 11:20 PM

ya, the trailer is fun for posing pictures Cool

Thanks,

John

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    July 2003
  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, April 22, 2022 1:45 AM

fox

When I hit reply, your pic of the porsche blew up to full screen. Man, that paint looks like about a couple of inches of glass on top of the paint. Fantastic finish! Toast The rest of the build looks just as good. I've got a couple of those trailers laying around on the shelves. 

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 

 
Just goes to prove, sometimes simple can be better.
     Looks GREAT!

On the kitchen counter somewhere in North Carolina

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, April 22, 2022 6:23 AM

In my experience primer covers up scratches,excess glue,runs and the like,with no paint or primer,your build will need to be perfect,all flaws will be seen.Guys say they do it,would love to see finished product.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, April 22, 2022 6:58 AM

Hi! 

     When the body has a color I like that is molded in I do this. I Polish the daylights out or it . Then put on any decals. Then I use a mix of Paint that is basically a frost coat. Evenly applied. Let set for at least two days and then polish to a high sheen. Has worked since I learned how to use airbrushes Fifty Five years ago.

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