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Gloss coat and dull coat

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  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Gloss coat and dull coat
Posted by NewB71 on Sunday, January 13, 2019 5:43 PM

After reading many of the threads here on painting either spray or brush,I have not seen anything on the following: if you are going to decal your model shouldn't it be given a coat of a gloss coat either spray or brush before you apply decals and a dull coat after gloss coat dries. Some info would help,would not want to do it if not necessary.



  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Burleson, TX. Grew up in Pittsburg and Whitehouse TX
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:09 PM

Your assumption is correct.  Decals need a smooth surface in order to "lay down" correctly and to prevent what is known as "silvering".  Silvering is when air is trapped under the surface of the decal such that it appears dull and non-uniform as well as allowing the decal to deteriorate quickly.  Flat finishes are not smooth so decals will not adhere correctly and will trap air beneath them in most cases.


Spraying or spot brushing where the decal is to be placed will work.  Also note that Future (now called "Revive It") can be used as well by wetting the area where the decal is going to be placed with Future and then immediately placing the decal while the Future is wet.


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