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Author Topic: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!  (Read 2359 times)

Offline digitani

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2018, 11:36:51 am »
Thank you guys so much!  I feel like I have a path forward now.  I'm going to use some windex with ammonia to strip off the future, then if there is still discoloration, I'm just going to apply another coat of paint.

Right now, its below freezing and outside is the only place I feel comfortable spray painting, so I may need to wait for it to warm up a bit.  Anyone know if you can spray that synthetic acrylic lacquer in below freezing temps?  I'm just guessing that its problematic.

Offline digitani

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2018, 05:58:55 pm »
Success!!!

starsiegeplayer was exactly right!  All I had to do was squirt a little Windex, let it sit a few minutes, wipe, and no more milky mess.  (Actually, I'm not sure I even needed to wipe.)

No repainting necessary.  Turns out this was an extremely minor problem.  I just did not have the experience to know what to do.

Thanks so much to all of you for your help!

Any suggestions on what to use as a gloss coat under the decals going forward?

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2018, 07:30:29 am »
Well, like Galaxy said, your choice of clear coat before decals is largely a matter of personal preference.  I know several very good modelers who use future like you did.  It isnt solvent resistant, but it is strong enough to use as a floor coating. 

You could easily use the testors rattlecan lacquer glosscote clearcoat (which would probably be my first choice, personal preference).  MAybe you might want to stick with future on this build since you now have the feel for it. 

Theres a nice thread ekksewhere on the site about dull coatings over future. 

Offline digitani

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2018, 08:14:47 pm »
I went ahead and bought some Testor's lacquer clear gloss.  We'll see how that goes.

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2018, 09:57:26 pm »
Aye!  How did she turn out?

Offline Decoman

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2018, 07:13:17 am »
Presumably, the model was left with dust settling on it, before the gloss coat was applied.

I've noticed something similar when painting models with a brush.

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2018, 08:50:42 am »
Also keep in mind that if you spray with the piece in question lying on a surface such as a piece of newspaper, cardboard or the like, air pressure can kick up tiny particles of dust and fibers that will eventually settle onto the still-wet surface.

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2018, 09:31:24 pm »
I recommend getting a brush like this to dust off your model before airbrushing. It's antistatic too, which helps. For the longest time I was using a makeup brush I'd bought at the department store. I was like, "Shop smart. Shop S-Mart." But then I realized it was discharging static electricity, actually causing dust particles to stick to it. This Tamiya brush is great to have.

Offline digitani

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2019, 08:09:48 pm »

Sorry I dropped this thread for so long.

Thank you all so much for your help and suggestions!

Galaxy_Stranger, you are hilarious!  I really got a kick out of your post. :-)

greg, thanks for that tip.  Maybe I need to get one of those.

I did go ahead and coat my saucer with Testor's gloss clear coat, and I think it turned out OK, but I got swept away with the cares of life and basically made no progress for the longest time.  I'll try to post a picture of how it turned out when I have a chance.  I'm about to start another thread now about a different question, however.

Thanks again, everybody!

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Re: Oh no! My clear coat has fibers in it!
« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2019, 12:06:39 am »
One thing -

starsiegeplayer mentioned using Ammonia for cleaning Future.  Be advised - airbrushes DO NOT like Ammonia!  It takes the chrome right off!  I say this on the off-chance that you'd ever airbrush Future and then try to clean it out with Ammonia.

This is something I don't see a lot of comments on so I feel the need to spread the word around whenever it comes up.  Cleaning an airbrush out once with ammonia isn't going to do much, but if you just used ammonia to clean out your airbrush all the time - it WILL star taking the chrome off.  At that point, getting your airbrush stripped and chromed would cost  more than a high-end airbrush at MSRP.

I do see a lot of airbrush artists, etc. online filming tutorials and things with no chrome left inside their airbrush.  This is probably because most "airbrush cleaners" intended for the common water-based acrylic paints contain Ammonia.  For this reason, I never use those cleaners at all.   I usually use Lacquer Thinner to clean my airbrushes out because it's handy, but you can use Oder-less Mineral Spirits from the hardware store to do the same thing, (...and it's way cheaper!).

How quickly does ammonia strip off chrome?  Someone online told me he soaked his airbrush in ammonia for about a day and it was already discolored.  I'd give it about a week or so.

 




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