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Old 05-28-2020, 11:30 AM
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Default Fuel proofing Testors acrylic paint

I weathered my P-51 in Testors acrylic paint and was wondering whats a good flat clear coat to fuel proof with?
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I use Klass Kote flat clear epoxy on my weathered War Birds.
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Not flat, but Satin, water based for easy use and clean up, looks great on warbirds if you ask me




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Ordered! Thanks!
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Scale- do you brush or spray your S3 clear? I brushed the gloss on a plane recently, and couldn't get it to flow out well. I'm doing a cut an buff so it's no big deal, but that would feel ridiculous when one doesn't want it shiny.
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Airbrush,, built up slowly with mist coats
Old 06-06-2020, 04:18 AM
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For those who are not terror stricken by paint chemistry or are willing to use a respirator and able and willing to spend some extra bucks for a quality product, I would say without hesitation that professional automotive urethane finishes are the best.
The variety of colors is endless and any color you've ever seen or imagined can be duplicated.
The clear finishes are available in a full range sheens all the way from high gloss to absolutely dead flat and everything in between.
Are they fuel proof? I suggest you go out to your car and find out for yourself. I wouldn't do it though if your car is sporting a brand new paint job featuring some brushed on Rustoleum.
It isn't any secret that the construction aspect of model aviation is dwindling and so is the availability supplies and materials such as paints. Even so, at the time when model finishes were abundantly available, the paints that were put out were less than spectacular. Now with model finishes becoming almost nonexistent, I guess it's only natural for modelers to flock to the local hardware store for alternatives. Unfortunately, the consumer grade paint that's available in there is mostly junk, but if you're willing to go a few steps further and willing to spend at least a few more bucks, the automotive refinish market has everything you need to do the most outstanding paint job imaginable, or at least one that won't begin to dissolve with the first drop of fuel that lands on it.
If you're afraid to try automotive materials because you're unfamiliar with them, look on YouTube for countless demonstrations on auto painting. It's no different on model airplanes, just easier!!!
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Not sure why you think anyone is afraid,, In my case being a cabinet maker for 25 year I've sprayed plenty if high VOC material, yes Auto Lacquer and Dope as well,,

For many years all I used was K&B Epoxy, But with that now gone and the high cost of what's current available, I've looked for lower cost and water based materials so I can spray in my basement in the winter and not have to deal with the smell..

Fear has nothing to do with it

And BTW,, the systems 3 product is 100% fuel proof when used with the crosslinker
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I was always a fan of Hobbypoxy clear, but the automotive clears are supposed to be good. I would hope the thinners would not dissolve the paints being used. Probably a good idea to test first. The water based ones may be better. I can't say that I have tried it. I have used two part auto paint with good results. I just wanted to mention that some guys (and one girl) have used automotive hardener on hardware store good quality enamels with good results for fuelproofing. Also there is an epoxy at hardware stores that is fuelproof. It is for bathtubs and sinks. Mostly it is white or bone colour. I tried some fuel on a two part epoxy floor paint as well as saturating fiberglass cloth. Some are tintable. Not sure of weight or the amount of pigments in them
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Spraying a high VOC product like automotive lacquer over a water based product like the OP was asking about, or even oil based enamels can have disastrous results,,So yes,, Test on a practice piece first before you ruin your work

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