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The Future Is Klear

Hand brushing Klear

The trick to hand brushing Klear is to brush it on thinly; you could just apply one thick coat and leave it at that. The problem with that is that you will fill in all the engraved detail and will probably get runs. Apart from using Klear as a gloss coat on which to apply decals it also acts as a barrier to petroleum based washes, i.e. white spirit, turpentine, or any other thinners used for enamel paints. I haven't use lighter fuel or cellulose thinner in a wash over Klear, so be cautious of those. I apply it over the decals as well, to protect them from the wash and to level the surface around the decals.

You will require:
1. A soft bristled, flat 1/2" brush
2. Johnson's Klear
3. A film canister
4. A disposable container for water
5. Tack rag

About the Author

About Mal Mayfield (Holdfast)

Hi, my name is Mal Mayfield and I have been modelling seriously for about 25 years. My main interest is 1/48 scale second world war. I build all types and all combatants. I have built 1/35 scale "targets" and 1/72 scale modern aircraft, plus a couple of cars. I have also dabbled with figure painting...


Nice one Mal That's an excellent How-To Feature :-) Really nicely written and laid out to explain the techniques clearly. :-) All the best Rowan
SEP 07, 2003 - 06:22 PM
Hi Mal, Well done. I have used Future/Klear for a few years now. Airbrushing can be tricky. Frequently I get 'orange peel', the patchy surface you may be writing of. I have found that multiple VERY LIGHT coats attenuate this. TO REMOVE this product, use ammonia, which almost instantaneously disolves it. I have removed Future with ammonia from Pactra Acryic, Polly Scale and AeroMaster without any effect on the unsealed paint. And you gotta luv that smell! All the best, Fred
SEP 20, 2003 - 06:04 AM
Yes, a most excellent article Mal. Easily understood.
SEP 22, 2003 - 10:11 AM
yea great tip for biggebers or poeple that just didnt know that
NOV 01, 2003 - 03:41 AM
Thanks HoldFast - I was going to AB Future onto my models before i did thier wash to help the wash run into the recesses. I'll brush it by hand now, b/c I sure dont want pooling and I really dont want to lose any surface detail either. Thanks for the fine feature.
NOV 07, 2003 - 12:13 PM