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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa13 Feb 2018 2:42 p.m. PST

I'm looking to get a really good smooth gloss black finish on an alien spaceship and wondered if anyone had any techniques for this? The obvious one seems to just apply a gloss varnish over my usual black acrylic!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 3:38 a.m. PST

Would it be cheating to paint them with a gloss black spray?

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian14 Feb 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

How about an enamel gloss black paint instead of acrylic?

Rich Bliss14 Feb 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

Glossieness is a matter of surface roughness. If you are really serious, sand your surface with progressively finer grits of sandpaper, finish with a buffing wheel and then use gloss paints.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

I use gloss black on aircraft canopies etc. … Of course as you posted you could always spray clear gloss on the finished model too.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa21 Feb 2018 2:17 p.m. PST

@Rich, that's probably the answer I'm in denial about….

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