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vicmeister
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Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 03:23 AM UTC
Hi, I have been out of the hobby for a long time, am retired, and would like to review my understanding for painting 1/144 aircraft. 1st coat- primer. 2. lightest color 3. darker color 4. Camo if needed 5. Gloss coat for decals 6. Flat coat over decals. Is this correct? Thanks
Mcleod
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Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 03:54 AM UTC

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1st coat- primer. 2. lightest color 3. darker color 4. Camo if needed 5. Gloss coat for decals 6. Flat coat over decals. Is this correct? Thanks



Theoretically speaking, your sequence thoughts are sound. There are as many variations as there are paints, though.

For weathering purposes, I've taken to like putting down a metal coat enamal immediately after a quality primer coat (provided were talking aluminum). Then I put down the acrylic top colors, camo or solid.
I've had no issues with conflicting paint compositions, provided I allow sufficient dry time. I even have laquers under acrylics in some cases.
This allows for using a thinner dampened Q-tip to gently rub top coat colors, exposing the under-lying silver color.
I believe this has more realistic effect than dabbing silver onto the topcoat.
Most weathering should fit in between your steps 5 & 6.

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Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 07:03 AM UTC
Hi Vic,

Welcome!

Ben gave you good council. If you have further questions, post again and/or PM an individual.
amegan
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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:20 AM UTC
Broadly right but watch for odd combinations, just done an IAF Tempest should have painted al black, masked tips and stripes paint all silver, did it the hard way. Doing a Hawker Fury No 1 Sqn, paint sequence was primer, black laquer, NMF finish, mask NMF,rudder white, mask rudder, yellow (lightest) mask yellow, red all over(mask stripes), silver all over, remove rudder tip mask, rudder blue, decals.
I have used inkjet decal paper to alter the serial to K2065. The clear decal paper is only good for dark colours but it is another way of remarking kits.

Touching in and clear coat to follow.
Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 05:52 AM UTC
Vic, welcome back to the hobby. Just started semi retirement 3 wks ago. I love it, my wife hates it.

While I don't build 1/144 scale aircraft, your decaling sequence doesn't follow the accepted profile.

Gloss coat: most use a Future based acrylic finish these days.
Decal
Gloss coat over decals to blend the decals in so that they look like they were painted on.
Weathering, etc.

Joel