I took a picture of what I use on a model.
Starting from left to right.
Undercoat, overcoat, decaling, Alclad gloss, then (24hrs) I used panel line wash. This is where I run into problems with the paint all coming off the plastic. I use cotton buds dipped in enamel odourless thinner to take away some excess wash. It starts getting sticky and I used more thinner to clean off wash. Before I know, it im down to the plastic Although the decals seemed to stay on.
Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?
I think there could be an issue with the Alclad Klear Kote Gloss as your barrier. This is a solvent based clear coat and takes ages to cure properly. I tired it once and had problems with it and looked up other reports on it. Others chaps said it can be tacky for days and enamel thinners (Mig washes etc) make it go gooey. Here's what I'm thinking. If the Klear Kote is solvent based (and as it's Alclad I presume this is lacquer) then you're applying a lacquer clear over Mr Color (lacquer based unlike Mr Aqueous Color) over Mr Base White (again lacquer based). If the lacquer gloss coat is tacky or uncured then the solvents in it are keeping the lacquer paints underneath it uncured. If it all goes gooey when you apply enamel thinners then it's all coming off in a mess.
The heading on this review suggests Alcald Klear Kote is "mineral spirit based gloss finish". If that's the case then enamel/odorless thinners are going to remove it. Also, in the last post a guy says "its just also reacted with mig thinners an sort of gone "gooey" when I brushed the filter - I did this a day after though".
Anyway, it's all a confusing minefield out there and my suggestion is to ditch the Alclad Klear Kote and use an acrylic clear coat before you apply your washes. If you want a really good Alclad clear coat that's easy to work with a will standup to the washes then I'd suggest Alclad Aqua Gloss. Great stuff!
Hope this helps.
Yes I noticed the Alclad kinda sticky when holding the model even after 24 hours.
On the Alclad bottle it says "The original natural metal lacquer" Safe to say I wont be using that klear kote gloss anytime soon.
I have just ordered Vallejo 55ml Gloss Liquid Varnish # 26517 so will try that out
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