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Boyd enamel hi-gloss clear?

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Boyd enamel hi-gloss clear?
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 9:06 PM
What do you all suggest on how to airbursh on Boyd's enamel hi-gloss clear?
How much thinner should I use to get a shinny coat. What airbrush tech. do you use?

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 9:23 PM
i would go 1:1 on enamel clear or paint for shure. This is with all airbrush.
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Posted by Likittysplit on Thursday, February 5, 2004 1:16 AM
I've been using Boyd Hi Gloss clear through a Badger 150 for the past couple of years and couldn't be happier with the results. I thin it with Testors airbrush thinner by about half, sometimes more, give it ~10 minutes dwell time and shoot light coats at ~22psi. Three light wet coats will yield a shine to die for, but more often than not I'll have a slight orange peel to polish out using 8000 then 12000 grit polishing cloth. Then waxing gives me a very shiny, glass smooth finish every time. Two of my last paint jobs needed no polishing, and I'm picky about my shiny paint jobs.

Proud owner of a 1:1 1997 Camaro Z/28 30th Anniversary edition and 2004 Monte Carlo SS supercharged Dale Earnhardt, Sr. "Intimidator" edition.

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Posted by karbuildr on Thursday, February 5, 2004 4:11 AM
I've been using Boyd's High Gloss clear as well for a couple years. I really like it, and thin it 50/50 using laquer thinner. It dries faster than regular Testors clear, and polishes up nicely. However, if you like Testors Boyd's paints, you should get as much as you can, as Testors is discontinuing the Boyd's colors, due to the infamous "licensing" issues. On the up side, Testors is coming out with a synthetic lacquer paint line this spring, to compete with Tamiya. Hopefully, they'll release some cool colors in bottles for those of us that prefer airbrushing.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 6, 2004 12:53 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Likittysplit

shoot light coats at ~22psi. Three light wet coats will yield a shine to die for


How far away do you shoot from and how large of a pattern? How long do you wait between coats. I don't know what pressure my compressor is (i got it used) so is 22 a low pressure or high pressure (i know this one is hard to answer).Question
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Posted by Likittysplit on Friday, February 6, 2004 9:13 PM
I usually shoot anywhere from about 4 1/2 to 5 3/4 inches. Spray pattern will be about a 1 1/4 inch circular pattern, but the distance and pattern sizes vary with air pressures and paint viscosity. Good lighting is a key to judging how your paint is laying down. You want the coat to be smooth, but not to the point that its about to sag after you make the pass with the airbrush. I adjust my distance, air pressure and speed in which I make my passes by how that particular coat of paint is laying. The time between coats varys for many reasons, but it is possible to complete a paint job in a short time, provided everything goes just right.
22 psi is a low average on the scale, but since I like to thin my paints a little more than most painters (even when I was painting aircraft in the Navy the guys thought I was crazy) low pressures work for me. The best thing I can tell ya is keep working with it until you find what works best for you, and forget what the other guy does.

Proud owner of a 1:1 1997 Camaro Z/28 30th Anniversary edition and 2004 Monte Carlo SS supercharged Dale Earnhardt, Sr. "Intimidator" edition.

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