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Thoughts anyone? I'm trying to decide whether to top coat with an acrylic clear or an automotive type lacquer.

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Well it really depends on what you used as your paint coats. Automotive lacquer is very hot and will blister acrylic and enamel model paints and can melt plastic.

I do not use many gloss top coats but for flat coats, my clear of choice is Testors Clear Flat Lacquer Top Coat. It's a lacquer but is airbrushable and dries instantly, so there is no chance of it softening and marring the paint layers. I like it because it dries dead flat all the time every time and does not make dark colors look light or pastel. I recently used some Testors Acryl acrylic clear flat in a pinch and its "okay" but not as ultra dead flat and it will turn black into a hazy blue grey color.

For gloss coats I have used Future, usually brushed on in a couple of coats and allowed to level out on its own.
 

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I've used automotive lacquers such as Dupli-Color and never had any blistering of acrylic or enamel paints. If if blisters, usually this means the mix is off: too much solvent.
Bob
 
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