top coat, top question Sept 7, 2008 12:25:38 GMT 8
Post by Gane on Sept 7, 2008 12:25:38 GMT 8
I don't know if it's available as I remember it from a previous tut from FSM, you have to have a flat base (I believe Tamiya has one) and mix it with Future Floor Polish. This will give a flat to rough finish depending on how much flat base you added.
if you're going to put decals on the said metallic-painted-parts, i suggest you use the Future Floor-something (forgot the correct name). or if you're going to use Tamiya/Mr.Color gloss topcoats, ask around if it's ok to put afterwards some rubbing compound on that painted parts so you can make it shine once again.
Agreed any Top Coat will dull a metallic finish so you only have a few solutions to keep it at that.
1st if you're trying for a chrome finish (gold or silver) you might as well use bare metal foil (I don't know if it's available locally). I think it was sold in Lil's before but it was a bit expensive (?).
2nd you can do the rubbing technique, this is messy but done properly you can apply any top coat without messing the finish, because you are applying almost 3 clear coats while the silver/gold compound over it to make it stick. If you've tried applying gold or silver powder you'll notice that it stick to any material and washing it is the only safe option. If you want this trick you can search FSM.
3rd you can always cover the metallic area so the top coat won't touch it.