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Old 07-04-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Got a painting question. Can you use rattle can gloss clear (is that enamel?) over top latex?

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Re: Clesr over Latex?

I've never done it but I would make a test panel. Let us know what you find.
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Yes, but thin, mist coats. done its many many times.... Make sure the latex is 3 days dry or you increase your chances of orange peel

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Re: Clesr over Latex?

Check out the automotive paint suppliers. All the new cars are painted in water base paint, and are clear coated. They maybe have spray cans on the shelf; if not the can fill rattle can for you.
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Re: Clesr over Latex?

Coming back into r/c after a 20 year pause and finding epoxy and dope finishing materials very pricy and/or hard to find, I'm interested in any bits of information and experience modelers have with latex (or acrylic) paint.

I think all the advice so far is good - light, multiple sprays, generally staying with the same paint chemistry, etc.

Here's one short article on paint chemistry which may not offer a definitive answer to the original poster but has some good information on paint types, drying time vs. curing time and the term enamel.

There are a few, experienced based threads on the forum that can be found using the search field; no surprise that a key suggestion - shared with woodworking - is to use some test panels, particular where adhesion and bleed issues are possible problems.

One small piece of information I picked up on a woodworking forum is that flat latex cures/hardens (vs. dry to touch) faster than glossier compositions which, if true, would be a better colour choice if you are going provide the sheen with an overcoat of clear of whatever gloss rating you choose.

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