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Alclad II Metalizers

How to use Metalizers
The most important thing to do is make sure to have very smooth, bare plastic. Metallics tend to show all imperfects in the underlying surface, so extra time spent prepping the plastic will pay off in the end. Pay extra attention to seams where parts were glued together. I use 1500-2000grit wet/dry sand paper for polishing the plastic. And sometimes I polish even further with Tamiya's Polishing/Rubbing Compound until it feels as smooth as glass.

Once the model has been prepped, a base coat of black 'primer' will be necessary. Gloss Black Enamel for the Chrome and acrylic for the other colours. This will help protect the plastic from the lacquer and give the Alclad II something to bite into.

I spray the metallizer, straight from the bottle, with my airbrush. I usually apply two coats. Unlike Model Master Metallizers, Alclad II does not need to be buffed since it will have a brilliant shine right away. This shine might be unwanted in some cases, so other metallic paints and metallizers still have their purposes. The metallized surface is very durable compared with other metallizers.

Note: Alclad II is lacquer based, so be sure to wear a respirator while working with it.

A Aluminium
B Duraluminium
C Dark Aluminium
D Pale Burnt Metal
E Polished Aluminium
F White Aluminium
G Chrome
H Pale Gold
I n/a
J Copper
K Magnesium
L Steel
M Jet Exhaust

ALD201 Prismatic Scarabeus - Green to Blue
ALD202 Prismatic Maple - Copper Red to Green
ALD203 Prismatic Jade - Gold to Green
ALD204 Prismatic Sapphire - Deep Blue to UV

NOTE: I am not a retailer and the paints listed here are not for sale. If you're looking for a place to buy modelling supplies, check out my mail order houses page.

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Last revised on: March 2, 2004
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