Chipping and wear over AK Xtreme Metal

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3 weeks 4 days ago #1 by Woadism
Hi all - I'm looking for some paint effect advice.

(Acknowledging I hammed the primer and made blunders with the PE) I'm planning on showing a lot of wear and tear in the cockpit, intending to strip back a top coat of airbrushed acrylics over the Xtreme Metal base I've laid down (per photos). I haven't used the Xtreme Metal range much, though, and was wondering if I need to use a clear coat between the 'metal' and the acrylics I want to strip back?

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3 weeks 3 days ago #2 by Gary
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Not normally depends what you are going to be using to do the chipping, I'd go with salt, but to be honest I would of painted the chips on with a sponge after doing the interior colour.



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2 weeks 2 days ago #3 by Woadism
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Thanks for the reply Gary - I've never used anything for chipping (like salt). I've just relied on the variance between lacquer and acrylic paints, trusting that I can wear back the acrylic paint over top with thinners meant for acrylic paint, and the lacquer underneath will shrug it off, staying intact.

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2 weeks 3 hours ago #4 by Fritz
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Have you tried the hairspray technique? I used that on my Corsair and was rather impressed with it.

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1 week 6 days ago #5 by Woadism
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I haven't, but it makes sense and I've always meant to give it a go. This might be a good time to try that (or salt). What I've done previously, relying on the lacquer underneath being resistant to the acrylic thinners... you need to be pretty confident it's going to withstand the chemical and mechanical abrasion, or you've just ruined the whole paint job.

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1 week 5 days ago #6 by grover
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AK Extreme Metals are Enamel I think Woad, but the same principle applies.

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