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I need to clear coat this body. The gold is lacquer, the ivory is enamel. I got all set up to use Testors Spray Lacquer clear when I read the tiny print which says "do not spray on high luster silver, gold, copper..." etc. From your own experience, what readily available rattle can clear do you recommend and why, and don't say Tamiya, its existence is mere legend and has never been spotted. Thanks folks.

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I think Model Master has a High Gloss Clear enamal that should work. It maybe called Ultra Clear enamal.

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I have found that the high gloss enamal will yellow wjite paint, so I am not sure how close you want the ivory to look, it may darken up a bit if you choose that. Not sure what to recommend.

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I do not know from my own experience the answer to your question, but MAN, that is one SMOKIN' cool build you have going !!! Buick Skylark bred with early Corvette??

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WoW! Sweeeeeet lookin car! I can't think of a clearcoat that would work over both paints. Future would but I don't know what it would do optically to the mettalic gold. This is a toughie. Createx would work but you need an airbrush. This is definitely a stumper. :blink:

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I use two part urethane clear,i've sprayed it over both enamal and lacquer and had no problems.Sean

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Testors does not carry an enamel paint which should be used over white or metallics, so they are out.

Maybe try a Krylon clear gloss?

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I bought this a week ago at the auto parts store and it might be worth trying . I've done " Spoon " tests over lots of different paints and it hasn't affected any of them . I don't have any Alcad but I sprayed it on Spaz - Stix and it stayed bright and shiney ! It sprays very evenly and goes on very thin , it requires two coats for a nice shine .

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I have found that the high gloss enamal will yellow wjite paint, so I am not sure how close you want the ivory to look, it may darken up a bit if you choose that.

All of you guys, I'm really grateful for all your insights. Valid stuff.

I know what you mean Kevin. Years ago I used Testers clear enamel that really yellowed bad. I was kind of hoping that would've been resolved by 2012, it's also why I hoped lacquer would be the way to go. If Testers lacquer is too hot, then automotive lacquer will really be harsh.

ACE - that's it exactly. The gold (and interior treatment) is inspired by Oldsmobile's contribution to the mix with the '54 F-88.

Sean and MAGNUM, I think you might be right on the two part urethane but it's more involved than I care to get on this project. Future I'm not comfortable with yet. I didn't like the results I got last time. Operator error I'm sure.

Casey and Bob, I'm inclined to go in your direction. Bob I appreciate you sharing the results of your tests.

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Just a follow up... Krylon clear is becoming scarce so tonight I cleared with Rustoleum Clear Enamel. It wasn't the automotive line but I'd be surprised if there was much difference.

Result: "No runs, no drips, no errors." No luster conflict and no reaction to either lacquer or enamel. Doesn't bring any life to brush painted silver though. I'm in business boys, thanks again.

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Glad it worked out Mike. :) Thank you for the update, information is king! ;)

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