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I’ve ran out of my Model Master clear, and Testors one coat lacquer clear. I’ve used these with no problems whatsoever over Tamiya lacquer sprays. I have several cans of Tamiya clear I’d like to use up, but I’ve heard that if you don’t clear immediately after you lay down the Tamiya color, you should wait a few weeks due to the curing and gassing out at different rates. On this particular body, I used Tamiya gray primer, then a few coats of Tamiya maroon. Can anyone provide any info on this? This body was sprayed with color two days ago. Thanks.

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They say its you either need to do it in 30 minutes or wait a month

I have never followed that and have never had issues, Ive clear coated over Tamiya paint 24 hours later and no issues

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I have always had the best luck with the Tamiya Clear and have never had any problems with time lines. Great looking Thunder Bolt.  

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I use a dehydrator to cure all the different paint types that I spray. After 24 hours in the heat, I clear coat my Tamiya paint with Tamiya clear. Never had any problems.

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I think it should be fine. I usually start misting clear 30mins to an hour after the last color coat. It I laid down some heavy color coats then I’ll wait 24 hours at least. Just to prevent any sort of running.

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I've always waiting 5-7 days after the last color coat to use Tamiya clear. 30 days seems excessive to me.

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Thanks for the replies everyone. It’s been a few days now but it rained here where I’m at, so I’ll wait for a day without the moisture. I have several cans of the clear, but was always reluctant to use it, without waiting a long time. It does seem a bit weird that the two products by the same company would have a negative action with each other.

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 It does seem a bit weird that the two products by the same company would have a negative action with each other.

Its not that the clear is different from the color coats. If you are doing a 2-tone finish with Tamiya paints, you should wait about a week between colors. Or even a week to add another coat of the same color (If its already been an hour or more). The paint will start curing shortly after being applied. It can take a week for the paint to cure completely. If you put another coat of paint on top before it is done curing, the new top coat can crack.

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