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I have been using acrylic paint for a year and I only use Future to seal and make it a glossy finish. I need to know what to use to seal the frame and other parts but don't want it to be glossy. I have been mostly using a acrylic glossy paint and it doesn't get real glossy and that is what I want but I need to seal it with a semi-gloss or satin finish to protect it. As of now, if I handle things without a final coat of something, it will wear the thin coat of acrylic off the part.

I airbrush thin coats and can't use anything that smells since I airbrush indoors. Can I use anything with the Future to cut the shine down some?

What does anyone use to protect the finish??????

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I have been using acrylic paint for a year and I only use Future to seal and make it a glossy finish. I need to know what to use to seal the frame and other parts but don't want it to be glossy. I have been mostly using a acrylic glossy paint and it doesn't get real glossy and that is what I want but I need to seal it with a semi-gloss or satin finish to protect it. As of now, if I handle things without a final coat of something, it will wear the thin coat of acrylic off the part.

I airbrush thin coats and can't use anything that smells since I airbrush indoors. Can I use anything with the Future to cut the shine down some?

What does anyone use to protect the finish??????

First of all, please identify the acrylics you're using... Are they craft products, or modern acrylic enamels or lacquers?

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First of all, please identify the acrylics you're using... Are they craft products, or modern acrylic enamels or lacquers?

Hey Frank

I mostly use Apple Barrel gloss and matt. I use a lot of FolkArt acrylic enamels also. I like both brands but I (mostly my wife) can't take any bad odors from spraying anything. I have a spray booth but it isn't vented out doors. After I paint anything other than the body, I handle the parts a lot to make sure everthing fits and then glue after painting. The enamels have a semi-gloss when airbrushed but can't handle much without spot painting again.

Any suggestions????

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Hey Frank

I mostly use Apple Barrel gloss and matt. I use a lot of FolkArt acrylic enamels also. I like both brands but I (mostly my wife) can't take any bad odors from spraying anything. I have a spray booth but it isn't vented out doors. After I paint anything other than the body, I handle the parts a lot to make sure everthing fits and then glue after painting. The enamels have a semi-gloss when airbrushed but can't handle much without spot painting again.

Any suggestions????

Yes, craft acrylics were not created for use on non-porous surfaces. You would have better results with a water-based paint that was created with plastics in mind, such as Auto-Air and Aztek Airbrushables. You might find that you'll get a nice satin finish that needs no protective topcoat.

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Yes, craft acrylics were not created for use on non-porous surfaces. You would have better results with a water-based paint that was created with plastics in mind, such as Auto-Air and Aztek Airbrushables. You might find that you'll get a nice satin finish that needs no protective topcoat.

Thanks Frank

I'll look into those brands. I know Tamiya makes good acrylic paint but they are a little pricey for my wallet since I can get the brands I use at walmart. I think the matt and glossy are below $1.00 and you get a lot for the money. I'll eventually find something that will work with out taking a loan out.

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If I need a super flat finish I use micro-scale flat. Less than $4.00 a bottle.

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Thanks Tommy

I'll see if I can find some of that. Where do you get yours?

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Thanks Tommy

I'll see if I can find some of that. Where do you get yours?

I usually order from ebay or amazon which ever I find with the best price at the time.

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