You are yer own worst enemy fella - yer went from 'fairly pleased with it' to deciding to refoil the surrounds in an hour..... Looks fantastic to me BTW Get well soon I heard a damn good ruby and a skinful of Cobra is good for flu.............
If yer think yer one in a million, chances are, YOU AIN'T!
Thanks Dicky, just feel really washed out, hopefully it will pass quickly.
I know fella, I really am my own worst enemy but in this case, I think it's valid. The issue you get with BMF is that because it is so thin, every imperfection in the styrene is accentuated by the shiny finish and I suspect it would look even worse once I complete the clear coat.
I find foiling one of the most therapeutic part of a car build so that will see me through my 'ill' period.
Plus, I now have a new set of teeny drill bits for my pin vice so I can drill out the holes on the engine for the plug leads.
Funnily enough mate, I have a 1/6 scale Spring Edition Honda Gorilla which is all chrome so the jolly old BMF will come in handy to repair the sprue attachment points.
Engine finally got some attention and got primed and painted in my own interpretation of Oldsmobile Engine Green. (At this point, Andy A will be shaking his head and calling for my immediate removal from the forum...) Most of the ancilliaries attached and painted and my lovely little prewired Dizzy attached and the leads cut and tentatively fitted. Poor quality pic follows showing it and the rad dry fitted, note you even get some decals for the rocker covers, nice touch. The one wire dangling is for the coil which is yet to be fitted, gearbox will get a dark wash to tone it down.
I agree, very sweet indeed Prof, such neat building and painting.
Going back to those clear finishes with regards to the reaction with decals Prof. What clears have you tried that have reacted and in what way have they damaged the finish ?
I'm a little concerned because I have a lot of clear coats to choose from and I do tend to try different things when I have the chance so I'd rather avoid a costly (in effort) mistake if at all possible.
Boo, I think it's fair to say that all clear coats may affect decals but you can break that may into two distinct areas.
1. Application. Generally, clear coat if applied too heavily as a first coat can make decals wrinkle a bit, the trick is to apply a couple of mist coats to effectively seal them before you apply the wet coat. I don't know if sealing them with something like Klear might do the trick? If you're not to heavy handed and lay on too much clear too soon you should be fine.
2. Chemical reaction. This is not so much with the decal but with the primer / paint they are applied over. If I take the Olds as an example, I have painted it with Halfords primer and paint so far, I'm not sure whether to apply a clear coat or not but if I do I will probably go with Halfords clear as it must have the same chemical base as their paint so no reaction. The same obviously can be said for zero colours and clears as they are designed to work with each other.
I remember that once I primed and painted a body in Halfords grey primer and colour and then applied zero clear over the top, I ran out of the zero clear coat after the first two applications and in my rush to finish the job, sprayed over it with some Halfords clear. All seemed ok for 10 minutes then all of a sudden a reaction started and the paint, decals and some of the primer literally fell away in chunks!
I think you really need to have a practise mate, some of the old (and I do mean old) AMT kits have very nice but very fragile decals and don't react at all well to clear coats, modern kits use mostly Cartograph decals which although being quite delicate are much better. Make sure your decals are properly dry before you try.
As a footnote, I'm happy to play around with different combinations but my findings are...
Zero clear works fine over pretty much any paint / decal combo. Tamiya clear is the same, no issues. Halfords works fine over Halfords colours and Tamiya / Zero colours but don't attempt any combination of Halfords and Zero clears.