It's known to most people who paint that some paints are incompatible with others, that one type of paint should not be layered over another. Well, a known fact to most painters. Being fairly new to spraying acrylics and also being in a hurry, I took a chance, paid the price and learned from the experience.


   The model was was painted with several heavy coats of an overly complex mix of Tamiya acrylic colors applied with an airbrush. In an effort to get the model finished quickly and as simply as possible, Krylon Crystal Clear was sprayed over the paint and decals before they had time to dry completely. These photos show the results.

Nasty, nasty, nasty!

   Arrows in above photo show where the paint actually lifted off the primed plastic. Of note are the small number decals at the bottom of the photo. These decals actually floated on the Crystal Clear while still wet, and shifted out of position. Paint is flaking off the model in the lower left.

Let this be a lesson to ya!

   The Crystal Clear was absorbed by the decals, causing them to swell. When it dried, the decals shrunk creating separation marks at the edges. Some decals, like the "U.S.S. ENTERPRISE" marking on the top of the saucer split apart. The lighting really shows off the "orange-peel" texture of the paint towards the lower left corner of the above image.

   It took over 20 hours to modify, light up and build this model and another several hours to mask, paint and lay down the decals. It took only 3 minutes to spray on the matte finish coat which ruined the paint job. I had a decision to make: fix it or forget it.

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