Didact

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  1. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    I truly appreciate all the help Cruz. I've asked for help in 2 other forums and no one was as helpful as you.

    Going to head to Wallmart tomorrow and pick that up so that I can start from scratch.

    Hopefully all goes well in the end! Thanks everybody I'll post and update down the road.
  2. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    Should I sand the paint off?
  3. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    I ordered a can of Testors Wet Look Clear. Thanks for the advice on that. So now I do:

    - Spray 2-3 more coats of my paint
    - Give it 24 hours to dry
    - Spray a coat of the Clear Coat
    - Let that dry, wash with soap water once it's fully dried.
    - Wet Sand 3200, 4000, 6000
    - Use the Novus Polish Kit

    Am I correct on all points?
  4. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    I can't find a Tamiya Clear Coat though since it's been discontinued for some time now. I've heard that using another brand on top of Tamiya's color will cause a ugly reaction.
  5. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   


    You're not missing anything. There wouldn't be a huge difference if I swapped the Tamiya Semi Gloss with Tamiya Gloss as the polishing and wet sanding will lead it to look almost the same, if not identical no matter which clear coat I use. The polishing, wet sanding and buffing with all be going over the clear coat anyways.

    Also, as of now I can't find a Tamiya TS-13 to order. They discontinued it for whatever reason.
    I googled it, looked on eBay and I can't find their clear coat aside from the Semi Gloss so that's what I picked up. If you can find it for me, I would appreciate it and would buy it.

    The only clear coat that I can find is Mr Hobby Top Coat but Tamiya paint doesn't do well with other brands.
  6. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    Thanks so let me get this straight before diving into it.

    - Spray 2-3 more coats of my paint
    - Give it 24 hours to dry
    - Spray 2 coats of my Semi Gloss Clear coat
    - Let that dry
    - Wet Sand 3200, 4000, 6000
    - Use the Novus Polish Kit

    Am I correct on all that? I really appreciate all the help you're providing.
  7. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    Thanks for taking the time to reply Cruz!

    Okay so then should I just apply 2 more coats of paint onto the model BEFORE wet sanding with the 3200-6000? Even with the current texture it has?

    - Apply 2-3 more (light?) coats of paint
    - Wet sand it from 3200, 4000, 6000
    - Finish it off on top of that by rubbing the Novus Polish with cloths.

    I'll check out the link.




    Will do. I appreciate the help you provided!
  8. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    Yes you are correct. I will be polishing and buffing to act as a true "clear coat" and the semi gloss will just be a filler to be a layer over my color paint. I've done it before and it has worked well.

    My only question was whether to wet sand, apply the coat and then wet sand, polish and then buff or should I simply clear coat, wet sand, polish and then buff?

    But GarageGuy, by what you're saying, I should wet sand to even out the surface and then do one more coat of paint to cover the lost over the sanding and then clear coat it? Can I then polish and buff over that?
  9. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    I listed what I used in my first post. I'm strictly using Tamiya Color for Plastic as I know they don't do well with other brands so everything from the primer to color paint is Tamiya Color for Plastic.

    As far as distant, I held it about 8 inches away from it and sprayed it from left to right. I would hold it and then I released it when I got to the other side. So I sprayed left to right, letting go once I passed the model.

    I'm just stuck on which one I should do next as other have mentioned that wet sanding will get rid of it.

    Wet sand with a 3600 Grit up to 12000 -> Apply my Semi Gloss Clear Coat -> Buff

    or

    Apply Semi Gloss Clear Coat -> Wet Sand with 3600 Grit up to 12000 -> Buff
  10. Didact added a post in a topic Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!   

    My mistake. I completely missed that section. Thanks for the heads up.
  11. Didact added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Wet Sand and Buffing - Need help!
    Just dug up a old model car kit that I had in storage that I haven't touched. Due to it being stored away for so long the paint has faded.

    Now I want to spray paint it red but I haven't touched spray paint in 5 years so I've lost my touch on this matter and would like some advice from fellow experts. Here's what I did and the tools I have:

    - I'm strictly using Tamiya Color, I've used them in the past and I love them. Currently using their Red, Semi Gloss Clear and Fine Surface Primer.

    1) Sanded it out and then used 1200 grit to make the surface smooth
    2) Primed it with two coats
    3) I found a couple of nicks and cracks so I filled them in with putty and resanded it down
    4) Primed it again with one coat
    5) Waited 24 hours before waiting to apply the base color paint, which in this case is red, I did 2 nice coats, no runs.

    Now this is where I'm stuck.

    Currently the surface has sort of a matte grainy texture on it. I managed to find this picture on another forum which also has the same texture my model currently has:



    Now I want to get rid of this texture and get the smooth glossy finish but I'm stuck on what steps to take next.

    What do I do? Do I do:

    1) Wet Sand with 3600 to 12000 -> Semi Gloss Coat -> Wet Sand -> Buff

    or

    2) Semi Gloss Coat with no sanding on top of paint coat -> Wet Sand with 3600 to 12000 -> Buff

    I bought the Novus Polish kit on Ebay so I'm waiting for that to come in.


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