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GrahamWh15/04/2013 21:36:44
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Hello All,

I like using solarfilm, am used to it and find it good value, but want to be able to apply a matt finish to it for my next project. Is there anything I can brush/spray on to give a one coat matt finish?


Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator16/04/2013 00:39:05
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Some folks have given films a light going over with a bit of fine wirewool to remove the shine. Worth experimenting with on a test piece first to just the degree of "mattness" you want.


GrahamC16/04/2013 07:26:02
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Humbrol enamel?

I've not tried it, but seem to remember reading somewhere that this was Tony Nijhuis' preferred method for his warbird prototypes. Silver solarfilm keyed with wire wool and then painted.

I think it may be mentioned in some of his build articles which you can download at his website. Try starting with the 62 inch Spitfire, as that's probably where I read it!

Another alternative would be to use Solatex, which personally I would consider a vastly superior product. It has a matt finish naturally

David Davis16/04/2013 07:39:32
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Wasn't there a Solarfilm product marketed a few years ago which you painted over Solarfilm to turn it matt? I think it was intended to provide a key for painting over the top of Solarfilm. Primol?

Bucksboy16/04/2013 07:45:38
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Prymol works well, I use a kitchen scoured instead of wire wool, then Prymol over it. It's got the consistency of water so it's easy to apply. Humbrol paints go on easily after that.
Peter Miller16/04/2013 08:51:26
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If you want camouflage colours Solarfilm actually do Matt finish film in various colours including white. Look at their website. I used it on my Magister.

The yellow was glossy.Sitting in the sun

edwards flyboy16/04/2013 09:57:26
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Solarfilm do make a limited range of Polyester film , Ilove the stuff and use it on vintage models.Agood source of supply is Balsa Cabin,they have all the colours available in stock

GrahamWh16/04/2013 10:58:05
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Thnak you chaps, plenty of ideas to be getting on with there. Much appreciated.

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