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Future over Tamiya acrylic paint
Posted by gpal on Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:43 PM

Hello, I am painting a car model with Tamiya Acrylic flat paint and want to spray some future floor shine on it to give it a gloss look. Do I need to lightly sand the acrylic paint before putting on the Future Floor Polish? The acrylic looks a little gritty.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 27, 2019 4:08 PM

Flat paint to me always looks a little "gritty".  If your paint job suffers from orange peel, I would wet sand it for the flattest finish possible.  Clearcoat will make the bumps or grittiness look more pronounced. 

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:16 AM

There are a few builders who apply gloss clear over flat paint to create a gloss finish, but to be honest I don't really know why. I have not tried this with Future, but I have with enamel paint and clear just to experiment. I found it took two to three coats of clear to get a shiny finish, and I didn't like the look of the colour when finished. The colour seemed muddy and lacked clarity.

Nonetheless, others seem to make it work. Because Future goes on so thin, it may take several coats to get a good gloss finish. I would think that buffing down the texture of the flat finish with a very fine abrasive would be helpful, and would reduce the number of clear coats needed to get the desired finish.

I think if I were to try this, I would use Tamiya acrylic gloss clear which would cover better than Future, require fewer gloss coats, and would be much more easily polished. If shooting from an airbrush, the Tamiya is much more easy to apply as well.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:37 AM

Bainford
Nonetheless, others seem to make it work. Because Future goes on so thin, it may take several coats to get a good gloss finish. I would think that buffing down the texture of the flat finish with a very fine abrasive would be helpful, and would reduce the number of clear coats needed to get the desired finish.

hpiguys-workshop on youtube seems to have success with future, but i find it not as good as the old fashioned polish.

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Posted by 195X on Friday, November 1, 2019 12:11 PM

Future is not a good agent for building up gloss. It's essentially a one coat, final finish kind of thing. Being self leveling it takes several coats over a flat paint to build that gloss and herein lies the rub. If you put on a coat and give it 48 hrs cure time before the next, you're good. If you put on more than one coat within an hour or so either way of each other, as most folks do, you have trouble. From cracking/spider webbing to insta yellowing.

To use futureshine over a flat is almost moot as I would suggest any other clear coat to get the desired gloss and futureshine only as a single final gloss OVER the decals.

Never try to apply decals over top of futureshire as even cured futureshine can react to the decal adhesives and will react to decal solvents. I hope this is a help.

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