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Clear coat... over Decals... over MCW Paint?


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#1 crowe-t

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

On a future build I may give MCW(Model Car World) lacquer paint a try.  I'd be applying decals on the MCW paint too.

 

I'd like to apply a final clear coat over the whole body to seal the decals after they are applied on the model.

 

What's a good (lacquer)clear coat to use over both decals and MCW lacquer paint?

 

Does the MCW paint have to be polished before I apply the decals or is it smooth enough?


Edited by crowe-t, 30 July 2013 - 10:04 AM.


#2 sportandmiah

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

Lacquer over decals will work but with many light mist coats to start off...otherwise the decals will peel off. Testors, tamiya, duplicolor will all work.

Edited by sportandmiah, 30 July 2013 - 12:27 PM.


#3 crowe-t

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:41 PM

A friend had an experience with Testors lacquer clear turning yellow on a model.  BTW, it wasn't over decals but the clear did yellow a bit.  

 

Is this common with Testors?  Maybe he had a bad can.


Edited by crowe-t, 30 July 2013 - 12:41 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:01 PM

I believe almost all clears will eventually unless there's UV protectant in it. Mr.Clear has a UV version that I've yet to try.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:08 AM

Note that Mr. Colors UV clear states on the can not to use over decals. One of the few things in English on the can.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:26 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the Mr. Color clear.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

If you use Micro-set when you apply your decals, be sure to wait at least a couple of days for any residue to fully evaporate before clearcoating over them- the acid in Micro-set can react with your clearcoat causing the decals to bubble up or get pinholes.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:34 PM

Note that Mr. Colors UV clear states on the can not to use over decals. One of the few things in English on the can.

See below. I mist it over decals and never have had a problem yet.

 

Lacquer over decals will work but with many light mist coats to start off...otherwise the decals will peel off. Testors, tamiya, duplicolor will all work.



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 02:24 PM

Dave at MCW offers his own clear IIRC. Always good to deal with.


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