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Clear-Coat Question

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Mods' started by TrashBoat, Apr 28, 2015.

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  1. TrashBoat

    TrashBoat Full Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    Hello everyone,

    I am new to the patina process and have just begun to patina my old penny mod clone using the ammonia and salt method. I am going to let it sit in the container for a full 24hrs before letting it dry, with intermittent reapplication of ammonia and salt, as well as rotation.

    My question involves the clear coat. What do I use? Do I sand, and if so how and when do I do it? I don't want the patina to rub off, and I want it to be as clear, vibrant, and glossy as possible.
  2. berger

    berger Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2010
    just go directly over with multiple clear coats like rustoleum clear lacquer is popular but it can change/darken the color somewhat can knock off the high spots with a light rubbing of 0000 steel wool if desired prior to coating...I suggest a solvent wipe down with alcohol or pure acetone immediately prior..really dont want any skin oils on anything right before painting...the final clear can be sanded/buffed to get it as smooth as glass if you build it up high enough...
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  3. KentA

    KentA Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 5, 2015
    Adirondack Mountains
    I just clean the patina with a water & baking soda solution to clean & neutralize any salt, vinegar, ammonia,egg, etc then apply 3-4 very light layers of automotive clear coat followed by a heavier layer. I like the finish, & yes it does darken the shade a tad.
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