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Sealing Candy Coats

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Sealing Candy Coats
Posted by LondonBoy on Monday, May 11, 2020 3:56 AM


Just finished my first attempt at candy using the Alclad range. Specifically ALC-701 Silver base followed by several coats of ALC-702 Candy Red.

I'd appreciate any advice if I need to seal the model with X22, Mr Super Clear, pledge or similar.

Many thanks

Chris (London, England) 

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Posted by LondonBoy on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:16 PM

Replying to my own post to get off zero

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 3:00 PM


Replying to my own post to get off zero


haha, well done Chris, take matters into your own hands. Great looking candy, by the way.

The Alclad paint is a lacquer, so just about any hobby clear coar should work. If you have a favourite hobby-based clear, you should be ok with that. Alclad has a line of clears, so I would think that would be compatible. If in doubt, I'd go for Tamiya acrylic clear, as it's pretty benign stuff.

What ever you use, I would recommend trying it on scrap first. When doing an experimental paint job such as yours, it is often a good practice to spray something like a scrap body or a couple of plastic spoons, at the same time and using the same process, that can be used for testing later on. This is useful right through to the polishing stage. Try it on the spoon first. If you are concerned about things like, say, decal solvent on your paint, try it on the painted spoon first.

I may catch a lot flak for this, but to avoid disappointment, please refrain from using Pledge (aka Future) as a clear coat. I fully encourage experimentation, even with this stuff, but generally speaking it is one of the biggest diversions in this hobby. I don't know why people are so compelled for this stuff to be a magic bullet clear coat, but I have done a ton of experimentation with it, and found no benefits over conventional clear coats whatsoever, and numerous drawbacks. The biggest of which is that it is just not a good looking clear, but there are many other problems. And with so many hobby-based clears on the market, why bother.

You may wish to beyour own judge, and I respect that. I had to be mine. This stuff was all the rage 10-15 years ago, so I had a go. As a clear coat it is a failure, or at least not worth the aggravation, but the product is very useful around the bench nonetheless. I use it as an adhesive for some things, or for spot clear coatingon gauge faces, light lenses, etc. YMMV

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

- Steamboat Gariepy


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Posted by LondonBoy on Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:12 PM

Hi Trevor, 

Many thanks for the detailed reply. I'll do as you suggeted and try a few different clear coats on plastic spoons this weekend.

I quite enjoyed doing candy on the '49 Mercury, so much that today I did a t-bucket using an Alclad base and Tamiya clear green. 

Interesting what you say about pledge. As I'm sure your aware it's quite popular with scale aircraft modellers. I read so much about it and was quite frustrated with not being able to buy it here in England I ordered a bottle from the USA a couple of years ago (sad but true)




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