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Starrpower
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I am making a small prop. I painted the overall base coat with spray paint. I then brush-painted the design on top of that with Testor's enamel, the kind used for painting plastic models.

Can I go over the entire thing with a spray clear coat?
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Hi:

I think I would test it out on a sample object, especially if all the paint you're using isn't Testor's brand. In the past, I've tried mixing Krylon base coats with Rustoleum (Painters Touch) glossy clear coats and have gotten mixed results. Sometimes, the clear coat lifted the base, causing crinkles. Othertimes, it worked out perfectly. So, I've learned not to mix brands.

If it's all Testor's enamel (spray and brush on), my guess is that you're okay...but still, if you've spent very much time on it already, I wouldn't risk it until I tried it out on a sample object.

Ron
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If the clearcoat is lacquer-based it will not be kind to an enamel basecoat.

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PaxMentis
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Starrpower,

Some automotive paint stores can package almost any auto paint into an aerosol spray can, thus eliminating the need for a clear coat. The auto paints, depending on the type you buy, have a build in luster. We used this method when delivering an illusion to a customer. It was basically used for touch-up. The basic preparation is really the key to getting a superb end result. Just a suggestion.

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Deke Rivers
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Pax,

If it were simply a matter of having a single color, that would work. It seems he's working on a project that has a design or pattern.
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Hi Starrpower,

After reading Deke's post I reread my post and realized that I missed your question. Sorry about that. Just follow Ron's post and you'll be safe.

Best regards,

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