Clear coat... over Decals... over MCW Paint?

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On a future build I may give MCW(Model Car World) lacquer paint a try. I'd be applying decals on the MCW paint too.

I'd like to apply a final clear coat over the whole body to seal the decals after they are applied on the model.

What's a good (lacquer)clear coat to use over both decals and MCW lacquer paint?

Does the MCW paint have to be polished before I apply the decals or is it smooth enough?

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Lacquer over decals will work but with many light mist coats to start off...otherwise the decals will peel off. Testors, tamiya, duplicolor will all work.

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A friend had an experience with Testors lacquer clear turning yellow on a model. BTW, it wasn't over decals but the clear did yellow a bit.

Is this common with Testors? Maybe he had a bad can.

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I believe almost all clears will eventually unless there's UV protectant in it. Mr.Clear has a UV version that I've yet to try.

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Note that Mr. Colors UV clear states on the can not to use over decals. One of the few things in English on the can.

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Thanks for the heads up on the Mr. Color clear.

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If you use Micro-set when you apply your decals, be sure to wait at least a couple of days for any residue to fully evaporate before clearcoating over them- the acid in Micro-set can react with your clearcoat causing the decals to bubble up or get pinholes.

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Note that Mr. Colors UV clear states on the can not to use over decals. One of the few things in English on the can.

See below. I mist it over decals and never have had a problem yet.

Lacquer over decals will work but with many light mist coats to start off...otherwise the decals will peel off. Testors, tamiya, duplicolor will all work.

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Dave at MCW offers his own clear IIRC. Always good to deal with.

David

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