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sabu

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I'm having a bit of trouble putting down my clear coat.  The nature of this paint being 'clear' and therefore essentially invisible makes putting down the desired amount very difficult because you can't see how much you're laying down - not easily anyway.  I'm either putting down too much or too little and rarely get it right.

I'm about to experiment with some additional lights to try and help me with this but thought I'd post a question here as surely I can't be the only person struggling with this.  How do you ensure you get a decent finish when applying clear coats?  I'm currently using Tamiya X-22 clear, thinned approx 50/50 with Tamiya thinner if that makes a difference?  Thanks for any thoughts or ideas!
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alainvandenbosch

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Hello,

I'm novice in painting an airbrushing. I had huge problems when applying my clear coat on my C-47 Skytrain. The main error I made was to spray at a too high pressure and too far from the surface. As a result the clear coat dryied too fast, before it had a chance to self level. The advices the members gave me was to spray at low pressure and close enough to be sure you keep a wet surface all the time, and then let it self level while drying. Also it is very important to sand and have a smooth surface before spraying. Also I bought Pledge floor gloss and sprayed  it right from the bottle. The result looked very good. Even more, I tryed to apply the clear coat with a simple large and soft brush, and the result was not too bad neither.

Found this : good tips for beginners like me [biggrin][biggrin][biggrin] https://www.cybermodeler.com/tips/painting.shtml and https://www.cybermodeler.com/tips/thinner.shtml

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Gadjung

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I'm done trying make good clear coat with airbrush and stick to Tamiya spray cans... 😃
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Laurie

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Best way I find is to keep the subject at an angle to your eyes ie not straight on.

Plus wiggle the model about a bit to get the best light.

Also I every now & then stop & give the areas good look

Also under do the coats as I put a second on.

I have recently started using Aclad 11Lacquer Aqua Gloss Clear. Provides a great
finish. Also flattens out well where a coat or area is a little thick. Looks awful when
wet but flattens out to a superb finish.

With this coat I use a .3nozzle/needle at about 18PSI. Always watch out as varnish
is the greatest for drying on the needle tip. Take a look & make sure the varnish is
not building up the the needle guard.

Any of thes & I remove the needle clean & using a cotton bud clean the needle guard.

Laurie

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sabu

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thank you again for all the replies.  Work is now continuing and although application of a clear coat remains challenging, the panel line wash I wanted to apply (which necessitated the clear coat in the first place) is now working quite well.  I envision a reveal post in my future as this thing progresses toward it's conclusion!
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