Jwrass: A local hobby shop has Testors Glosscote clear laquer in a small bottle. Questions:
1. Can I spray this out of my Iwata LPH-50 mini spray gun?
2. Do I need to reduce it with laquer thinner before spraying it?
3. Can I safely apply it over AutoAir pearls, candys, and opaque waterbased paints, without damaging the AutoAir paint coatings?
4. Is it likely tough enough to serve as a topcoat for car models?
I'm asking because I am having trouble finding a 1k (as opposed to 2k) clearcoat, and the cost of any 1k clear spray cans I do find here online in Canada is astonishingly high.
I do realize it will smell a fair bit (being a laquer) while being applied, and that counters my desire for low emissions for my wife's and cat's sake, but I am finding few 1k alternatives, and at least with this solution, I can use the Iwata with its adjustability versus a spraycan whose pattern is round AND non-adjustable.
How's it going?
This is kind of interesting....With all the products I have in the shop, I actually still use the Testors clear and paints for some of my airbrushing.
The clear I use is Testors #1161 in a 11/2 oz size. I reduce it with Testors #1159 Thinner.
I have tried regular lacquer thinner as a reducer but find that the Testors brand thinner seems to work much better, it also has somewhat of a sweet smell.
#1) Yes..... No Problem
#2) Yes you will need to reduce it. I reduce at a rate of 1:1 or 1:1/2 ( Clear:Reducer) which will give you a sprayable yield of 3 to 4 ounces of material.
#3) I have Topcoated AA with everything.... No problem as it is a waterboure product.
One thing I have found with the 1161 and 1159 combo is it smells sweet to me, not harsh like so many clears....they may have tweaked their formulas with the modeler in mind as not to stink up the house.
For your application and concerns I would highly recommend these products.
I don't know if you have pushed any paint through the LPH-50 yet..... They can lay allot of material down in short order.... I would pay attention to fluid rate and air pressure.... Remember excess overspray in the air is just wasted paint!
John, I hope this helps....