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dipping canopies with future?

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  • Member since
    October 2019
dipping canopies with future?
Posted by phil172 on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:34 PM

So I've read quite a few accounts of people doing this.  How do you dip the canopy?  Wash the clear sprue and let it dry, then just dip the whole thing in a cup of future?

Can you do this with any clear gloss?




  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 8:18 PM

I remove the piece from the sprue and clean up.  I hold the piece on the very edge and completely emerse the part in the liquid, lift out and let run off briefly and set on a paper towel to dry ( in a way that wont mar the finish).

I haven't dipped clear parts in any other gloss.



  • Member since
    April 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 11:25 PM

Also when setting it aside to dry, should cover it with a plastic container.  This prevents any dust from settling on it.  Just prop up one end to allow air to circulate.

I've not heard this done with other clear gloss.  You can always try a clear section of sprue and see what happens.   I'd imagine there is risk of crazing the plastic, and worst case scenario the part turns soft and loses it's shape.




  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, January 30, 2020 7:03 AM

Stick with what's tried and true when it comes to your clear parts, so you don't risk fogging them up. Future, now a pledge product called, Pledge Revive it works and a bottle of it will last you a long long long long time.




  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:24 AM

I have used Testors glosscoat to shine up a canopy that I had to do some sanding on.  Worked fine- I used a spray can, as the frosting was only on the outside.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:26 AM

What John, Jack, and Tick said.

My 2 cents, like John, I clean up the part first.

I have a bottle of diluted "Future":distilled water at 1:1 set aside just for dipping. I find cutting it with water helps with the dried runs you can get. Also, after you dip, wick the edges. I use the edge of a paper towel I've ripped into a little piece.

And finally, I think the reason folk use Future to dip is same reason they use it in the first place. It's cheap. I'm one of the few non-Future fans here (mostly because I have no idea if it is even the same product it was back when Swanny created the craze.....and the label has changed so many times, I'm tired of chasing it), but I still have it on hand for dipping and the occasional clear coat if the mood hits me.

All moaning and groaning aside, dipping clear parts in "Future" really does produce a nice showroom new-glass look if that's what you like. I like the look too.


  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:56 AM

Take great care to keep dust off.

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