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      Post #76732, posted on 10-11-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I got my got the Testors Aluminum plate the best aluminum finish I have seen (I might be slightly biased). What I did was applied a layer, buffed and then repeated 4 times. Afterwards I polished it with 12,000 grit and it looks like glass. I've decided that I want to clear it with Future, I looked through previous posts and the newest one regarding Pledge is 2 yrs old. I want to make sure the top clear coat that matches Future is Pledge Revive It. Is that this true today?

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      Post #76733, posted on 10-11-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      OHCRJ79: I think the most current labeling is "Pledge Floor Care Finish." I'd be a bit careful with Pledge/Future. First ensure that your surface coat is completely dry before you apply it, which may require that you wait a week or two. Acrylics will always take much longer. All of my older aircraft models, coated with Future, have developed fracture lines at stress points that are visible under natural light. On the 1/72 707 and 737, for instance, these fracture lines are quite visible on the bare metal leading edges. As an alternative, you might try using Alclad II Aqua Cote. It's water soluble and preserves the shine. Future/Pledge tones the sheen down a bit, which is fine, depending on the effects you want to achieve.

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      Post #76749, posted on 10-14-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      OHCRJ79, the problem of fracturing clear coats (Future/Tamiya Acrylic Clear/possibly Alclad Aqua Clear) is because of the speed at which they dry compared to the paint you apply them over. Enamels, and some acrylics take quite a long time to dry. When you apply something like Future over a color coat that is not fully cured, the Future dries hard while the color coat is still curing, and as the color coat cures, it causes the Future to fracture. I had this happen on a few models, and finally solved the problem by using a food dehydrator to fully cure my color coats before applying a clear coat.

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      Post #76760, posted on 10-15-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Good call, Gene. I've run into that same issue in the past, now I let my models dry for a long while before Futuring them. It also helps that I work really slowly, so I mostly don't have to worry about it

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      Post #76770, posted on 10-15-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Question for the group: is it possible to clear-coat over the fractured clear coat after waiting several months and expect to cover up the fracturing, or should one just live with the fractures? Thanks in advance. Alex

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      Post #76771, posted on 10-15-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I suppose you could try re-coating it if you're confident that it's fully cured at that point. If you do it, let me know how it goes, I've got a few models that might benefit from the treatment