Customs: Clear Coat Question

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  1. RageD

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    Hey All,

    Finished painting my first model but then I applied a Clear Coat (I am using Testors Paints).

    The Clear coat appears to have made the color coat "soft" so soft that I can scratch it off with a fingernail.

    Did I do something wrong?

    Any advice is helpful.

    Thanks
     
  2. maninthebox94

    maninthebox94 Banned

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    I think that you need to let it dry for at least 12 hours.
     
  3. UnicronHound

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    From what I know there's some that will do that, not sure if it's because you used Testor's or what not, but the same thing happened to me when I used to make repaints, just like there's some that just turn foggy for no reason at all.
     
  4. MacrossFA19

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    Sounds like your paint was still somewhat wet before you applied your clear coat.
     
  5. RageD

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    Hey,

    Paint had cured for 3 days before clear coat application, that is why I am baffled.
     
  6. Autobot Burnout

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    What kind of paint did you use (I'm talking arylics, enamels, non-waterbase, etc.)? And for that matter, what brand of clear coat? I've found that if you use craft paints like Americana arylics, the paint can be easily scratched off if you don't apply any or enough clear coat.

    Another thing is: does the paint scratch off the whole figure, or just certain areas? I ask this because some toys have "unpaintable plastic", or that paint will NOT, no matter what you do, stick to it.
     
  7. RageD

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    Paint was Testors Acrylic, Clear was Testors Clear Gloss.

    I didn't clear the other side and the paint doesnt scratch off.
     
  8. RageD

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    Anyone?
     
  9. Superquad7

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    If you applied the clear coat too thick, it will do that. I really can't stress enough how cool Future floor polish is for clear coats. What's really cool about it is that you can mix it with your paint while painting a top coat and not really have to do a full single coat of a clear coat. :) 

    Something I think I would recommend (and you may hate to hear this) is to wet-sand your top coat, reapply your top coat, then reseal it with a clear coat (or use the above method I just mentioned :) ).
     
  10. Wingsbr

    Wingsbr Christian TF Fan :)

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    I just started using future and it does work like a charm. doesn't need to be thinned and can be brushed or airbrushed on.

    Thanks for the tips SQ7 :thumb 

    Also it's now called pledge with future, but it's still the same stuff and you can can see the future logo on the bottle. Just make sure not to get pledge because most of that is for cleaning and future is an acrylic sealant only.
     
  11. RageD

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    So the Future just acts like a clear and no detrimental results thus far?

    How does it work on flat as opposed to gloss?
     
  12. Wingsbr

    Wingsbr Christian TF Fan :)

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    Works the same as far as I can tell. You can thin it with alcohol to make it more a matte finish, but it doesn't need any thinning. I also have heard of people using tamiya flat base to dull the shine a bit.
     
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    Where can you buy future floor ploish?
     
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    Wingsbr Christian TF Fan :)

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    I bought it at target in the mop section
     

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