Floquil Crystal Cote, Glaze, and Flat Finish
Now that I am getting back into the swing of painting and decaling, it is time to focus on the next step - weathering. Because I have been detached from painting for about five years now, since brfore I moved to Lincoln, NE, my experience lies with products that are no longer available. I'll pose the question here, looking for answers on FaceBook....
Back in the day, my trusty standby mediums for decaling and weathering were Floquil Glaze, Floquil Crystal-Cote, and Floquil Flat Finish. If using Scalecoat II paint, the finish was always glossy enough that I would apply decals directly to the painted surface. If I were painting with Floquil or some other paint that dried with a dull finish, I would spray a coat of Floquil Crystal-Cote to the model before decaling.
Once decaling was complete, I would usually spray either Crystal-Cote or Glaze to the model to seal in the decals before weathering. Floquil Flat Finish was always an ingredient in the weathering colors I concocted to spray on the decaled models. Some Glaze or Crystal-Cote might be mixed in as well to achieve the look I may have been aiming for.
After the weathering layer dried, I might even spray the model with some mixture of the Trinity to tweak the final finish and seal in the weathering layer. A hint of a secondary weathering color might be included at this level. I found that several clear layers as well a a weathering layer do an excellent job of hiding the edges of the decal film.
While I still have a few bottles of the "Floquil Trinity" in my secret stash, I guess it is time to search for a replacement. What are the expert painters using today? I have seen posts touting the use of aerosol cans of flat or gloss finish, however I do not intend to point an aerosol can at my models!
I pulled out of couple of CCBX ElastoFlo covered hoppers I painted and weathered several years ago to review. The aim for these cars was a very light weathering with some luster in the finish. The Floquil Trinity was used to achieve this.
I look forward to hearing from the airbrush weatherers out there. What are we using today now that Floquil is no-longer?