I always use google chrome as a web browser, and you need to add an extension called ad-block. And that will take care of pretty much 90 percent of your problems with photobucket. That site is such an ad-stricken site its ridiculous.
I like them too... I also leave them in the box. I think in the back of my mind that one day when I'm out of models to build (yeah, right!) that I'll sit down and put all these together and display them next to the car... who knows.
I've not used UPol clear. I've used their weld thru primer though. Perhaps that is why the gas out times are longer since it's legit automotive stuff. I can prime, paint, clear, wetsand, and buff tamiya in a day.
I can't seem to get that wicked shine that Harry gets, but I get close. My chrome turns out to be more of a polished aluminum with a hint of a brushed aluminum look. Harry, do you polish the black before applying your spaz stix? Or is your trick in rubbing the spaz stix at all? When I spray my Spaz Stix it is way too dull.. then I handle it and it shines up, but will rub thru easily.