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Offline phil2015

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Gloss finish?
« on: February 16, 2021, 11:29:36 AM »

I do not have any WnW kits, but I was reading the instructions online for painting some Jasta 18 Albatroses and it looks like it is instructing to paint with a gloss finish.  Is this correct?  I guess I've always just assumed that most everything military has a flat finish....

Offline RLWP

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Re: Gloss finish?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2021, 07:20:38 PM »
I think I'm in a bit of a minority on this - if you check pictures of WW1 aeroplanes it isn't unusual to see reflections in the surfaces

The clear dope finish is there to protect the fabric, in particular to stop it getting wet. Wet fabric rots and is heavy

A semi-gloss finish is what I go for

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Re: Gloss finish?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2021, 08:43:21 PM »
You certainly want a gloss finish to begin with, to offer the best surface for decal adhesion and to prevent silvering. However once decalled you would apply a varnish coat to whatever degree of light reflectiveness you prefer.
I tend to go for a slightly glossier finish on metal surfaces and on newer aircraft, but a more matt finish on older machines that have suffered the vagaries of sun and weather. (All by adding extra gloss or matt varnish to my standard Winsor and Newton Satin top coat.)