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Water based replacement to 2k PU clear?

07-13-2017, 09:55 AM
Hi! I'm sick of wondering if I'm killing me softly with 2k PU clear based on well known harmful solvents and that kind of stuff.
Has anybody tried any water based products? I believe I heard of Glasurit releasing water based clear on their automotive line, but haven't found much about it. I still intend to sand down to polish with Menzerna products so wet application gloss doesn't need to be top notch (I've never succeeded in it anyway).
By the way, I do my clear painting in a DIY little booth, in a small toilet at one end of my apartment, close the door, open the window and wear a mask (nose and mouth covered with mandatory filter) and use the mask from the moment I open the cans to prepare the mix up to when I leave that toilet with everything cleared and cleaned. I still feel a bit dizzy and have strange feelings when I breath during the next 24hs. So yeah, I'm starting to hate this product. And I only use it about 6 times a year, tops, as I don't have much time for modeling.

Any input about my procedures or about something "less" harmful?


07-13-2017, 11:12 PM
It's just my personal opinion but I don't think 2k is really necessary in most cases. Especially if you don't have a legitimate set up for your own safety. I think you can accomplish what you want with either TS lacquer clear, Testors wetlook clear or future floor polish. A proper respirator will protect you from.lacquer and enamel 100%. Sometimes you can even just spray outside or with good ventilation. But 2k will seriously damage your lungs on the first go if you are not carefully prepared. You are using a respirator right? Not a "mask".

07-16-2017, 03:59 AM
I agree that 2k is not good for health if sprayed without the correct safety equipment and I've pretty much stopped using it now. But you just can't get the same level of finish with TS clear, or any other clear without plenty of work, elbow grease etc. Also without care, sometimes with care, TS ruins decals whereas 2k never has for me..

07-18-2017, 02:06 PM
I like the Testors water-based clears. They're not extremely shiny, but I only build race cars, which should never be shiny anyway, so they work well for me. They dry fast and they're pretty tough as well...


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