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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Gold Armor Topcoat?

I am currently trying to make armor out of craft foam, but I am having issues with the top coat. I have tried several types of clear top coats over the gold spray paint, and all of them dull the color and shine considerably. I have floor wax on hand, as recommended, but does anyone know how to get a very, VERY nice shine with gold paint?
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Unread 11-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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What brand of spray paint are you using? I've also noticed that when I clear coat the metallic spray paints I have, it dulls in color. Rustoleum brand actually recommends NOT to clear coat it (on the side of the can)
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Unread 11-24-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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I believe Rustoleum Metallics, and I noticed that too :I I would really like to make it shiny/glossy though...
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Unread 11-24-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Depending on how big your armor is I would suggest "Rub n Buff" It's a bit pricey, but it's made to make antique things look new and gold. I used it on my friend's Nia armor.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
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I believe Rustoleum Metallics, and I noticed that too :I I would really like to make it shiny/glossy though...
Yeah, I think that's the problem then. I'm not really sure how to solve it either...


I actually find Rub n buff to look like a more brushed antique color. Like something I'd use for Steampuk. Not chrome/shinyshiny metallic like Rustoleum
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Unread 11-24-2012, 02:58 PM   #6
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hmm not sure if this will help
but this was done using triple varnish
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Unread 11-24-2012, 04:57 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, Rub 'n Buff isn't quite in the price range, due to armor size. I was hoping someone would know 100% what would be a good top coat. It seems as though most gloss/varnishes dull the paint...

Thanks for in the input, guys! It looks like I will be staying with the floor wax. :P
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Unread 11-25-2012, 08:44 AM   #8
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Rub n Buff goes a long, long way. I would suggest looking into it. I used 3 tubes:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2979246/

If you are using metallic spray paint - why do you need to top coat it? It should be fine without one.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #9
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Clearcoats and metallics usually don't play nice with eachother. I skip the clearcoat on metallic surfaces whenever possible.

Rub-n-buff is a particularly fragile treatment. As far as I've been able to tell, it never completely dries, so it wears away with friction. Still, it is one of the nicer looking products that is flexible, affordable, and easy to find. I've got some pieces I've made with rub-n-buff where I just reapply it every time I wear the thing, sorta like shoe-polish.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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I like to clearcoat my metallics with Pledge Acrylic floor polish with Future Acrylic. Makes for a nice shiny coat. A bottle will go a long way. Bought mine over 2 years ago and still have plenty left. I used it to clearcoat this. Be careful when brushing it on though. It's runny.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 07:02 PM   #11
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To make my things shine really well, I just use regular wood glue. The sort I use dries clear and it's really shiny, but then you'll have to seal it in some way unless you're completely sure the cosplay won't get wet at all, otherwise it will rub off on everything and turn into liquid glue again.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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I actually used Pledge floor wax, and it worked pretty well! Thank you for all the suggestions and help, you guys! ^w^
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