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The Future Is Klear

Many modelers use Johnson's Klear, (Future in the US) as a clear coat on which to apply decals and as a barrier against washes. It is also used to add sparkle and to eliminate minor scratches on aircraft canopies and other clear parts. In this article I will explain how to dip clear parts and how I hand brush Klear.

Dipping clear parts in Klear

The first thing to do is to eliminate as many flaws and scratches as possible. I use the MicroMesh polishing system but plastic polish, such as Novus, may be sufficient. It might be the case that no polishing is necessary. Once all flaws are dealt with, to your satisfaction, the clear part needs to be thoroughly cleaned. To achieve this I simply drop the part into Tamiya 23ml jar, filled with Isopropyl alcohol, and agitate it. Take it out, using tweezers, (you don't want finger oils on it now) and place it on a tissue to dry. It doesn't take long but if the alcohol has pooled anywhere touch it with a tissue to soak it up. The alcohol will strip Klear so you mustn't leave any on.

About the Author

About Mal Mayfield (Holdfast)

Hi, my name is Mal Mayfield and I have been modelling seriously for about 25 years. My main interest is 1/48 scale second world war. I build all types and all combatants. I have built 1/35 scale "targets" and 1/72 scale modern aircraft, plus a couple of cars. I have also dabbled with figure painting...


Nice one Mal That's an excellent How-To Feature :-) Really nicely written and laid out to explain the techniques clearly. :-) All the best Rowan
SEP 07, 2003 - 06:22 PM
Hi Mal, Well done. I have used Future/Klear for a few years now. Airbrushing can be tricky. Frequently I get 'orange peel', the patchy surface you may be writing of. I have found that multiple VERY LIGHT coats attenuate this. TO REMOVE this product, use ammonia, which almost instantaneously disolves it. I have removed Future with ammonia from Pactra Acryic, Polly Scale and AeroMaster without any effect on the unsealed paint. And you gotta luv that smell! All the best, Fred
SEP 20, 2003 - 06:04 AM
Yes, a most excellent article Mal. Easily understood.
SEP 22, 2003 - 10:11 AM
yea great tip for biggebers or poeple that just didnt know that
NOV 01, 2003 - 03:41 AM
Thanks HoldFast - I was going to AB Future onto my models before i did thier wash to help the wash run into the recesses. I'll brush it by hand now, b/c I sure dont want pooling and I really dont want to lose any surface detail either. Thanks for the fine feature.
NOV 07, 2003 - 12:13 PM