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  • Member since
    July, 2016
  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Future as a clear coat?
Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:45 PM

I just read a thread where the use of Future was mentioned as a clear coat. Not wanting to hijack his thread, I thought I’d post this as a new thread. I’ve seen more than one mention of Future being used instead of spraying on a clear coat. My question is; Is it easier to use the Future than spraying on the clear coat? I’m familiar with the use of Future since I used it to finish off the spit shine on my Army jump boots. Made them look like glass. Knowing how easy it was to just wipe the Future over the toes and heels of the boots has made me wonder of it works that easily on models?

Anybody able to offer a comparison between Future and sprayed clear coats? Pros and cons? Ease of use? Best results?

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, May 04, 2017 2:22 PM

Very much has been posted on the forum in the past on Future. There used to be a rather comprehensive web page about the use of Future called Swanny's Models, but I just tried to find and the account is suspended.

I did a lot of experimentation using Future as a clear coat, but in the end found it to be more of a nuisance than an advantage. I always sprayed it, but many who continue to use it apply it with a large brush or cotton ball. Perhaps that is part of my problem.

I found it reacted unpredictably with some model products, including Tamiya wax. And I found that applying multiple coats was troublesome. The stuff levels out very nicely, but continues to run off the body shell until it sets up which requires diligent blotting with a paper towel along the lower edges. The result is a very thin coating, which is fine unless you intend to polish it. It also means applying multiple coats results in a bumpy or wavy finish as these runs stack up with each new coat. This stuff is not paint, which is obvious when you use it as it certainly does not behave like paint. In the end I just found it to be an unnecessary bother with no apparent advantages, and when so many good clears are available.

However some builders swear by the stuff. it can be made to work, but for me personally it wasn't worth the aggravation. And, I also didn't care for the look of the finished product, finding it to be much less realistic looking. I should qualify the above comments by saying that I very rarely use clear of any kind on my models, unless it's over metallic paint, so my opinions on the matter are not the bench mark.

I do find uses for Future though, such as a thin adhesive for clear parts, etc. It is also very useful for dipping kit glass to improve clarity on difficult to polish pieces. Don't just take my word for it though. Do a forum search for more info, and perhaps others will chime in with their experiences. It works for some, and I do find it to be very useful around the bench.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

  • Member since
    July, 2016
  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Friday, May 05, 2017 12:35 PM
Thanks, Trevor. I have read several old threads about using Future. I just didn't find one that specifically compared Future to spraying clear coats on. I do understand what it is you're referring to about the running. That was never a real concern when applying it to my jump boots. The excess just collected where the leather met the rubber sole. No biggie on pair of boots. Thanks for your reply.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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