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    I have been spending, what my wife calls, to much time or something I wasn't really paying attention on this website lately. I have seen several mentions of reclear coating cars with "future", but I can't seem to find a ful description of product or the steps involved. Can someone please help me, I really like shiny things

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    Originally posted by Dubltap25 View Post
    I have been spending, what my wife calls, to much time or something I wasn't really paying attention on this website lately. I have seen several mentions of reclear coating cars with "future", but I can't seem to find a ful description of product or the steps involved. Can someone please help me, I really like shiny things
    It is very simple. Get the Future (or Clear with Future shine), a large, soft brush, dip the brush in the Future, apply to car. Do not brush it too much as you'll get streaks if it starts to dry on you. Be sure to keep bubbles out of it.

    Or you can use your airbrush and spray it on straight from the bottle.

    Be sure not to put it on too thick.

    Alternate for a harder finish is to use a clear lacquer like Testors One Coat Lacquer in a can (be sure it is One Coat). You'll need to mask your clear bits and again, don't spray it on too thick.

    Scott

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    • #3
      What my bottle says is Pledge, with FUTURE Shine floor finish.

      I take a large container and fill it with the Future.

      I then use my tool that has alligator clips at opposite ends, grip the body posts, and then dip the body in the Future.

      Don't go anywhere. You need to stay with your body and dab any large globs or blobs that may start to build up at the bottom of fenders or where ever with a paper towel. I hang around for ten minutes or so. Let dry overnight.

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      • #4
        How does the finish compare to a spray-on clear coat like from Testors or Tamiya?

        This method seems to be really convenient and saves a lot of time compared to spraying multiple coats.

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        • #5
          Mark, I don't know if you saw my Mustang when George ran the Can-Am cars, but that car was finished with the Future.

          The Future (or Pledge) is a LOT easier to put on than using clear from spray cans. I usually use a good brush and brush it on. Takes about 10 minutes (tops) and let it dry overnight...

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          • #6
            Gotcha, thanks! That car looked great especially compared to the car it finished ahead of

            I will have to give it a shot.

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            • #7
              Thanks fellas I thought you guys were talking about floor products. I just needed to be sure sometimes if left to my thoughts things go horribly awry.Then the house appropriations committee pitches the fit as replacements are purchased.

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              • #8
                Check other threads on this subject. Some say Future yellows over time and it's noticeable on white cars, others say it doesn't.

                The oldest car I have with Future on it is 2 1/2 years and it hasn't yellowed at all. And there's something about Future, it's self leveling and ends up going on very thin, very realistic looking. But I also know there are some strong opinions against it, too, that's why I suggested doing a bit more research.

                The cool think about Future is that you can attach all the clear parts, then dunk the whole shebang and it even makes them look more shiny, and reduces any imperfections that might otherwise be visible. I usually do three dunks, then let it dry for a bit and it's good to go.

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                • #9
                  Just like floors though, won't this come off in hot water. Last time I checked the floor finish has a cleaner in it to prevent wax build up on the flooring as you use it each time. Won't a fresh coat take the older yellow stuff off prior to drying?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mark View Post
                    How does the finish compare to a spray-on clear coat like from Testors or Tamiya?

                    This method seems to be really convenient and saves a lot of time compared to spraying multiple coats.
                    As you have read, most folks like it and it does work very well. The situation with yellowing seems to be only a problem with the Future/Pledge that has been around the house for several years, so a fresh bottle shouldn't be an issue. As Pinto Girl states, I've had Future clear coated cars that were done when the bottle I had was fresh and ten years on are not yellowed.

                    The reason you'd want to use a lacquer is that generally, the finish you get is more resilient than with Future and so less likely to be damaged by solvents or crashing into things. A Future finish can be damaged by rubbing alcohol and some other cleaners one normally uses around the track that will not affect the cured lacquer. However, with the lacquer, it is more work to apply as one should cover the clear bits on the car body before use to prevent them from becoming less transparent.

                    Regardless of which you use, I'm sure you will be pleased with the results.

                    Scott

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                    • #11
                      Future is the last thing that I put on any car that I paint, it adds extra shine and helps to protect the paint from getting scuffed. Future is water based so it will not react with the car's body, paint or most decals. If you brush Future on ink jet printed decals they will smudge. Future is really not all that durable and you should not count on it to protect decals from normal wear and tear. I like to clear coat my cars with an automotive acrylic finish and top that off with Future. I just brush on the Future. Some types of clear coat will eat up decals. I coat decals with Future and then do the car with the automotive finish. Future can cause some types of white paint to turn yellow, I have seen it happen. Outside of the issue with white paint I have not seen the Future itself yellow.

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                      • #12
                        Just one more thing. Be sure to use a clean brush. I always use the same brush for applying Future. If there is any paint residue on the brush, it will get on the car, and will be especially noticeable on a white car.

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