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Hi all. I have just finished paint a body.
Roof & pillers in Acrylic (Rattle can), Below window line, boot & Bonnett in Enamel (AB).
Now for the questions. How to Lacquer/Vanish?
I have a can of Halfords Clear Lacquer, Acrylic. and a can of Humbrol Clear Varnish, Enamel. Both Rattle cans.
1. Do I spray body with Humbrol Clear Varnish, Enamel
2. Do I spray body with Halfords Clear Lacquer, Acrylic
3. Mask up, and hope the tape does not pull paint off and spray each part sepertly?

That's it. OH, why the two different paints. Could not get the right colour in Acrylic. So AB with the right colour using Enamel pait. Why did I not do the roof in Enamel, because I did not think! Why not remove the roof colour and do it again in Enamel? Because it look good as it is, and I fear my paint removing skills are 0.

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Andy (Photos of car will be posted sometime next week).
 

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Erm - if it were me i would spray and paint the two bits on a section of plasticard and test it before you try on your finished model.

Any decals to take into the mix as well - again test first before comiting.

For what it's worth i use Halford (mixed to order) paint (rattle can) and Halford's (same brand as paint) clear on top with lazer printed decals - all fine - see below;
 

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QUOTE (JEXY1 @ 15 Dec 2011, 15:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Erm - if it were me i would spray and paint the two bits on a section of plasticard and test it before you try on your finished model.

Any decals to take into the mix as well - again test first before comiting.

For what it's worth i use Halford (mixed to order) paint (rattle can) and Halford's (same brand as paint) clear on top with lazer printed decals - all fine - see below;

Nice Metro there. Like your work. Wish I had a Colour laser printer.
I have tested on an old body, all seems be OK. As for Decals, I always place them on top. Then coat in KLEAR. Had to many failers when coating over them with Lacqure.
Mind you, I cut a bit off the decale paper and see.
Thanks.
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Acrylic clear on an enamel base will give you a matt finish you will have to use the Humbrel Clear Varnish to get a gloss finish.
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I put on a couple of coats of Klear before decals as that ensures a properly smooth surface that really sucks the decals down. Some Micro Sol to soften them and get them to conform to the contours is great and then more Klear. The more coats of Klear you apply the more glossy the finish and it's far less temperamental than lacquer to apply. I use Carrera clear plastic case to cover cars with while the Klear is drying to stop any dust settling on it.
 

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QUOTE (brembo @ 15 Dec 2011, 19:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Acrylic clear on an enamel base will give you a matt finish you will have to use the Humbrel Clear Varnish to get a gloss finish.
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Now this is the answer I was looking for. I would have never thought of that one. Very hand to know.
enamel base will give you a matt finish
Humbrel Clear Varnish to get a gloss finish

Thanks Brembo.

QUOTE (rmcclure @ 15 Dec 2011, 20:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I put on a couple of coats of Klear before decals as that ensures a properly smooth surface that really sucks the decals down. Some Micro Sol to
soften them and get them to conform to the contours is great and then more Klear. The more coats of Klear you apply the more glossy the finish and
it's far less temperamental than lacquer to apply. I use Carrera clear plastic case to cover cars with while the Klear is drying to stop any dust settling on it.

Yes I agree. Micro Sol ?

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Micro Sol is great stuff - it softens the decal and helps it conform to some pretty complex shapes for that painted-on look. It's supposed to be the second of a two part system, the first being Micro Set which is a surface prep liquid prior to applying decals. Personally I find that a well painted and Kleared surface will suck down the decal without need for the Micro Set but I do sometimes use the Humbrol Decal solution (Decal Cote?) just for an extra helping hand. Apply the decal, smooth down and blot excess liquid as normal and then apply the Micro Sol with a soft little brush - sparingly but enough to properly wet the whole decal. After you've brushed it on leave the decal well alone for several hours - overnight is best. The MS will soften the decal and while wet it's even more fragile than usual. Don't panic if you see wrinkles forming as these will even out when dry. You may need to repeat the process if you have a particularly uneven surface or old, thick decals. Then Klear over the top as per your normal practise.

http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/mercha...Product_Count=0

Good luck,

Roger
 
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