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  • Member since
    February 2016
Posted by smitherreen on Monday, March 26, 2018 12:57 PM

A two-part question.

Is there a replacement out there for Testor's dullcote?

Finishing with Pledge, can you sand and rub-out the surface after applying? Or are you done? 


  • Member since
    February 2017
Posted by JohnDB on Monday, March 26, 2018 2:22 PM

I use Tamiya flat clear TS - 80. It sprays much flatter than Testors dullcote. I don't know about the pledge I've never used it.

  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, March 26, 2018 2:28 PM

I have used and really like Testors Dull-Cote and I've used Pledge also over airplane canopys and also over decal lettering on tires and like the results. Once you use Pledge, you're done and no polishing afterwards.

High octane

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:15 AM

Tamiya makes a flat clear and a satin clear. One of those should work for you.

I have sanded and polished Future, which I think is the same as Pledge. Worst clear ever, in my opinion. I know a lot of guys use it (though I think, fewer than used to) but the stuff is so problematic I can't see why anyone would chose it over commonly available clears. It makes for a nice shine, but not a superior one. It is miserable to spray and requires developing its own technique, regardless if sprayed or brushed on it continues to drain off the body which leaves uneveness in the finish and requires blotting off trhe excess, etc, etc., applying multiple coats (which might only be possible when spraying) caused the previous coats to soften and blend with the new coat, some of which will drain off. Many builders say it can't be sanded and polished, and to a large degree they are right because it is so difficult to get enough piled on to have enough to sand/polish. It also seems to react badly with some polish conpounds and waxes.

About ten years ago when Future as a clear coat was all the rage, I spent a lot of time and effort trying to make this stuff work. All of my efforts were airbrushing the stuff, though most people seem to brush it on with a large brush or cotton ball. After using it on one model, I decided it was not at worth the effort. I also decided that I didn't actually like the look of the finish. I do have other uses for the stuff around the bench, though, coating kit glass being one.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    February 2016
Posted by smitherreen on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 11:32 AM

I thank you all for your comments. Tom


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