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Tamiya clears over Gravity paints

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Hi,

It shouldn't be an issue but has any one cleared Gravity paints with Tamiya clears?

Of course testing is the quickest way to find out but I was curious as to the communities experiences.

The Gravity clears; gloss and matte, seem a multi part system being a bit too complicated for me.

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I've used Plastikote primer under gravity paints and finished with Rustoleum 2x gloss clear with good results.  I also polished using Gravity's polishing compound system.  Check out their YouTube channel for some great build-up videos and step-by-step on using the polishes.

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Not a problem, I had similar questions a couple weeks ago on here regarding Gravity Paints and didn't wan't to waste them since they are kinda pricey....good luck!!

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Not a problem, I had similar questions a couple weeks ago on here regarding Gravity Paints and didn't wan't to waste them since they are kinda pricey....good luck!!

My experience thus far is that they are smooth like butter.

But they spray best out of a .5mm needle and 20PSI.  When using a .3mm needle I need to go 25PSI.

Is this your experience as well?

 

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Yes, very smooth and thin and airbrush ready.  I go right in the middle with a .4mm needle and about 20-25 PSI.  I've noticed at higher PSI it doesn't cover as well and sprays entirely too much causing the paint not to last.  I bought some of the 2-part clear but haven't played around with it yet.  Rattle can is so much easier :) 

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.4mm aye?

Well my el cheapo Point Zero for $20 only has .2, .3 and .5.  It seems to work fine but I suspect won't last long.

I'll keep messing with it and perhaps next year get one of those Harder & Steenbeck Infinity.

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Pretty sure it's .4mm but might be .5mm, I honestly don't remember.  I use an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS that I bought from TCP Global in a bundle package that came with all kinds of goodies.   I'd really like to get a H&S Infinity as I've heard great things but I haven't even had my Iwata for 2 years yet so I want to get some more miles on it before I go investing in another airbrush.

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I just checked my rig and it's .5mm.  It came with a .35mm but I replaced it last year with the .5mm.

Hi Andrew,

Curious how long you wait between coats to say do a light wet/damp sanding with 8,000-12,000 grit?

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Hi Brian,

The last  build I did with Gravity Colors I waited 40-60 minutes between color coats.  I then let the paint sit for at least 24 hours before sanding.  I then use the Micro-Mesh polishing kit (2400, 3200, 6000, 8000,12000) to wet-sand and smooth the paint for clear.  After the clear was down and had cured, about 48-72 hours I used the Gravity Colors polishes and waxes and got excellent results.  If you haven't already, check out the Gravity Colors YouTube page and you'll find a tutorial on using the polishes.  I used to use the Micro-Mesh system mentioned above on the clear as well but after trying the technique seen on YouTube I just use 4000 and had great results with much less work.  I did this first on a test piece of bare plastic before trying it on a model since it was the first time I attempted it.  Below is a link to the video if you wanted to check it out.  Hope this helps!

 

 

 

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