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Can you clear over photo etch or bare metal foil?

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Can you clear over photo etch or bare metal foil?
Posted by coach4570 on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:39 PM

Should you clear coat over bare metal foil or photo etch?

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:50 AM

Of course you can, if you want to.  I clear over Bare Metal Foil to help protect it from the elements of the model shelves.  I have not cleared over photoetch as I usually do that before adding photoetch.  If you really want to, it can be done.

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  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:40 AM

Hi;

 Well, that depends. If something is brass and is supposed to be polished brass, Then I clearcoat it With clear gloss. The same with bare metal foil.

 I clearcoat my foil covered planes. First a clear gloss fifty-fifty Mix. Then Decals then a final clear coat. It protects both the foil and the Decals.

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    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:22 AM

You can, but it's not really necassary.

 

I have done it both ways and have really not found any benefit to clear coating over foil.

The only draw back to doing it is that it can slightly dull the luster of the foil, but nothing too evident.

On most of my projects, the foil on the small scripts and badges get clear over them, but the larger trim pieces do not.

I have resons for this that I will not bore you with here.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:26 PM

Goofy62
I have resons for this that I will not bore you with here.

Good! For a moment there I was afraid that you were going to launch into a long and nausiating diatribe about the anal-retentive minutia of building model cars of exacting quality and accuracy. No one here wants to hear that blah blah blah. (WinkWinkDevil)

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Trevor

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    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:09 PM

Bainford

 

 
Goofy62
I have resons for this that I will not bore you with here.

 

Good! For a moment there I was afraid that you were going to launch into a long and nausiating diatribe about the anal-retentive minutia of building model cars of exacting quality and accuracy. No one here wants to hear that blah blah blah. (WinkWinkDevil)

 

American185? Is that you?

Dude, you sound just like him!

Yeah, I guess you're right.

Who would want to hear about modeling techniques or the "minutia" of building model cars on a model car site?

Phhh, how stupid of me. Wink

 

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, July 3, 2020 10:41 AM

 

I have been using Bare Metal Foil for years, mainly on airplanes. I have not noticed the foil becoming tarnished. IMHO, BMF should never be painted over. BMF looks just like metal because it is metal. Once BMF is painted it then looks like a painted surface. 

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    May 2005
  • From: Central U.K.
Posted by hayes on Friday, July 3, 2020 4:46 PM

I must admit that I do clear coat over delicate BMF features such as small badges, scripts or fine chrome strips such as window trim & wheel arch trim. That also includes small etched metal parts that are vulnerable to being dislodged during handling. The clear coat gives an extra degree of retention for these features. Never clear coat over chrome plated plastic or resin parts as it can craze with age.

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, July 3, 2020 5:26 PM

hayes

I must admit that I do clear coat over delicate BMF features such as small badges, scripts or fine chrome strips such as window trim & wheel arch trim. That also includes small etched metal parts that are vulnerable to being dislodged during handling. The clear coat gives an extra degree of retention for these features. Never clear coat over chrome plated plastic or resin parts as it can craze with age.

 

I agree with you that it is a good idea to clearcoat over small pieces of BMF. They tend to fall off.

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