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Old Sep 27, 2011, 07:44 PM
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Turn a flat paint job shiny?

Is there any way to turn a flat paint job shiny? I painted a plane a matt color ... don't like how it looks ... want to make it glossy ... without repainting.

Possible?

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 08:13 PM
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I think that's why they created Clear Coat
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 08:20 PM
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High Gloss clear will do the trick.
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 01:04 AM
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If the paint is thick enough you could try an automotive polishing product called ScratchX. It's intended for making scuffs in a car's clear coat go away but I recently ran across a description for using it to shine up a matt finish on the varnish of a rifle stock. So there's a good chance it'll make your flat finish at least semi gloss.

Otherwise it's adding a clear coat.
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 10:03 AM
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Matt color usually has a flattening agent (powder) added to it to make it dull, and no amount of polishing will change that. Clear coat is the only solution.

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Old Sep 28, 2011, 08:55 PM
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+1 on clearcoat. Just be aware that it will change the depth of the colour as it adds gloss, so that the colour will seem darker than it is now. Do a trial patch in an inconspicuous area on the model, or on a separate piece to see if you like it. Good luck!

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Old Sep 28, 2011, 10:53 PM
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Thanks guys ... someone also mentioned that Varathane gloss might do well over top as well? Opinions?

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Old Sep 29, 2011, 09:50 AM
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"Varathane gloss"

If I'm not mistaken, Varathane comes in two flavors; water based and oil based; watch which one you are using.

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Old Sep 29, 2011, 10:00 AM
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I know ... I'm waiting on an answer from the guy on that. (Which version he was talking about)

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Nelsons clear with crosslinker if you have your own spray gear..
Water based, no VOCs and it's fuel proof.
Can also be brushed on..

http://www.nelsonhobby.com/
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Old Sep 29, 2011, 12:42 PM
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So it was the water based that he meant ... now that I have all these options I'm wondering which would add the least weight!

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"now that I have all these options I'm wondering which would add the least weight! "

Which ever one you apply the thinnest:-))))))))))

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