Customs: Acrylic weathering question. PLEASE HELP

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  1. VaderPrime1

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    I'm getting into customizing and I've been doing some washes on some models and Transformers for weathering. My question is: How do I get the acrylic paint to stay on the plastic without rubbing off? I have a can of clear coat, but I don't want the figure to look glossy; I want to keep the dirty/old look.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    use a flat clearcoat...stay away from lacquers over acrylics.

    or...mix a little future floor finish with your paints. a bit won't make your flat paints glossy. Or coat it. The more coats, the glossier. One or two coats shouldn't add overly much gloss.
     
  3. Overhaulimus

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    Did you wash the figure before applying the paints?

    If you didn't then that is the problem,the figures will often times have mold release still on them from the molding process.
     
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    Yeah I tried spot washing one area to see if that was it, but it still rubed off.

    @fateastray

    Where can I get flat clearcoats? What kind is the best?
     
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    i've seen them before in Ace Hardware...
     
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    Ok, thanks! :thumb 
     
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    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    I sometimes use Humbrol Flat Varnish (34). It's available at any hobbystore in the Netherlands anyway...but that doesn't help you much..
     
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    :lol  no it doesn't
     
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    Before you paint, it's a good idea to sand a figure with a 350 or finer grit sandpaper. That should help your paint stay on. You can also wipe it down with acetone or paint thinner on a rag. Be sure clean it thoroughly after sanding it too. A good rule of thumb is that "if it's shiny, the paint won't stick".
     
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    And Tom beat me to the part about sanding it with a low grit paper.
     
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    Does anybody have any idea what stores in the U.S. sell Humbrol Flat Varnish and/or where on the web can I find and buy some?
     
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    You could also try Pledge Future Floor Finish( a very shiny finish).
     
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    IMO, the best flat spray around is Testor's dull coat. couple thin layers of that and it's FLAT.
     

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