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  • Member since
    July 2017
  • From: Boston
Clearcoat over metallic
Posted by George123 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:50 PM

I know this has been beat to death but I have an Italeri Mercedes Actros MP4 Gigaspace model painted with Tamiya light gun metal (a very metallic silver color).  It looks great. 


  Should I clear coat this with Tamiya clearcoat then decal then clearcoat again?  How is Tamiya gloss clear over decals? Because there are some big decals on this kit.

This is the first time using Tamiya TS spray can metallic.

In the past I have used MM enamel paints airbrushed, and clearcoated with Testor's MM #1941 gloss laquer.   But Testors says not to use this over metallic paint.


Thanks for any tips or warnings.  Don't want to ruin an expensive kit.

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by Viperdoug on Friday, May 10, 2019 9:11 AM


You should have no problem applying decals over the paint as long as it is a smooth finish. Just make sure you use a decal setting solution to get the decals to seat tight to the finish.  Always use setting solutions on all decals even if you feel they are nice and flat.  If the finish is not to your liking then clear it and lightly polish then apply the decals. The reason you might need to clear over the matallic paint is you can't wet sand them ( matallic colors). As far as Tamiya clear (TS13) over decals, be carefull because TS13 is a pretty hot lacquer and has ruined may decals.  It can be done but the first couple coats better be very light, it would be best to practice on something else so you don't ruin your decals.  You might want to use Testors One Coat Lacquer instead, I've applied it over decals many times and never had a problem.  I always decant it then airbrush it because I feel the spray can does not apply the paint as well as the AB does.  Of coarse you can always use my favorite clear, 2K.



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