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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone knows what clearcoat I can use that dosen't turn my characters yellowish. I built them out of 1/2 plywood and exterior grade paint. However now they are starting to turn yellowish from the clear coat. I want to build some new characters, but don't want the same thing to happen. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks

Danny

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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone knows what clearcoat I can use that dosen't turn my characters yellowish.

Minwax Polycrylic won't yellow, but it's very expensive and tends to 're-wet' paint.

But why clear coat at all? You don't put clearcoat on your house, and the paint on it lasts for years. For every year house paint lasts, your cutouts should last 10.

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I agree with the above statement but if you insist on putting down a clearcoat, go to an automotive paint supplier and pick up an aerosol can of either Jammin Clear by Transtar or Clear #1 by Upol.

I deal with body shops all the time and sell both of these products. They aren't cheap ($15.00) a can, but they will not yellow and you can control the thickness because of the aerosol.

Good luck.

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I buy outdoor paint for black, red, and white since I use quite a bit of it. Otherwise, I use acrylic paint and coat with polyeurethane I buy from http://thewinfieldcollection.com/ After you have a couple coats of poly on, be sure to let it cure for two weeks before placing outdoors. Otherwise, you risk clouding.

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JWetc. makes an exterior waterbase polyurethane that doesn't yellow and it also has a UV protectorant in it. I use both flat exterior latex and acrylic on my outdoor pieces and have used this varnish for year--after having tried most everything. I have pieces at Santa's Wonderland in Texas that have been out for 10 years and color and finish are as good as when they were done. website: http://www.jwetc.com

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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone knows what clearcoat I can use that dosen't turn my characters yellowish. I built them out of 1/2 plywood and exterior grade paint. However now they are starting to turn yellowish from the clear coat. I want to build some new characters, but don't want the same thing to happen. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks

Danny

My other hobby is collecting pinball machines, sometimes on an older game the paint starts to delaminate from the backglass. We typically use this and it's worked fine. Yellowing isn't a good thing.

http://www.krylon.com/products/triplethick_crystal_clear_glaze/

Other than that possible a water based urethane "Varathane" comes to mind.

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We used the bargain clear coat from Walmart on our Snoopy and doghouse. The white sections yellowed horribly. This year I repainted the white sections with exterior house paint, and we won't clear coat them again unless we can find an affordable, non-yellowing poly. We get lots of rain and snow while our display is out, and warping is an issue, so we had hoped the clear coat would add some protection.

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I probably would not clear coat them. I have two plywood cutouts that my grandfather made in the 1940's, when my dad was young, that are finally starting to show their age (somewhere between 60 and 70 years old :cool:). The paint is starting to get brittle and ripple/peel. I know the paint is exterior and I am sure lead based, but these were definitely never clear coated.

I plan on repainting these in a couple of years, anybody have any recommendations on specific brands of outdoor paint?

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I use an automotive acrylic enamel clear coat on evrything that is a lighter color. I have used the cheap stuff from Walmart on darker things that I only want to have a matte finish.

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We used the bargain clear coat from Walmart on our Snoopy and doghouse. The white sections yellowed horribly. This year I repainted the white sections with exterior house paint, and we won't clear coat them again unless we can find an affordable, non-yellowing poly. We get lots of rain and snow while our display is out, and warping is an issue, so we had hoped the clear coat would add some protection.

In the past I have had some things yellow, only because I used the too much clear.

Jeremy

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