HI CAN ANYONE HELP ME I HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN UP THIS AMAZING HOBBY AGAIN BUILDING 1/72 & 1/48 SCALE WARBIRDS ,AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT APPLYING A COAT OF JOHNSON'S KLEAR PRIOR TO DECALLING AND APPLYING A WASH THIS IS A TECHNIQUE I HAVE NEVER USED BEFORE AND WAS WONDERING IS IT RECOMMENDED? ,ARE THEIR ANY BAD WAYS OF APPLYING IT ?HOW SHOULD IT BE APPLIED WITH AN AIRBRUSH ? PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP???
First thing you should do is dip your canopies in it and let them dry on a tissue (it wicks away the excess).
Once your creation is complete and ready for decals, airbrush the klear all over. Doesn't need thinning, just watch out for pools in out of the way places, again just use a tissue to wick it away.
You can dip decals into Klear before applying them if you dont want to Klear the whole model.
Can also use it to glue canopies to your creation - its not particularly strong but strong enough to keep it in place.
I have also used it to 'seal' the surface of heavily weathered wheels as I like to use pastels to rub into treads etc. Once the pastels have been applied you can dip the wheels in Klear and Roberts your Fathers Brother - you may have to re-weather a couple of times as some of the pastel chalk will come off.
It is good to apply a coat before any washes as it protects the paint from any aggressive wash you may use.
The only thing to look out for is not to lay it on too thick and look out for pools in out of the way places.
IPMS 5703 - Rutland Branch & S.L.A.M. (ex-Bury St Edmunds & JHQ Rheindahlen) Harrier SIG (technical advisor) NASA & Beyond the Box SIGS (interested bystander) IPMS TAS Curator 1:1 scale military jets since 1974
For those who, like me, haven't the time to airbrush ..... klear is best applied with a slightly coarse stiff brush. A "good" brush stays soft but develops sweepback when full of Klear - very annoying. Also it soon starts to leave a trail of bubbles if you try to brush the Klear out thinly (and if you don't do that it pools.) Either - go red in the face blowing the bubbles off the trailing edge, using short sharp puffs, or use the aforesaid stiff brush, lightly, which bursts the blighters as fast as they form. Note - it's a floor polish! It dries full gloss! But if you airbrush it from several feet away you can get eggshell (if it's summer and the garage isn't too cold to use and your compressor isn't frozen solid grump gripe moan whinge.) Cheers - Bri.
IPMS No.288 (The number that put the "junk" in "Junkers") Specialist in WWII aircraft, esp. Allied and operational; runs USAFsWWIIsig Still brush-painting after all these years 1/72 with excursions to 1/144
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