How to use future finishing floor wax to coat plastic models

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How to use future finishing floor wax to coat plastic models
Building model planes or similar plastic models is a common hobby. (soviet WWII aircraft paper model-copy image by Mike Shotin from

Plastic models take a variety of forms, from models planes and cars to model figurines. Regardless of the type of model, Johnson's Future Finishing Floor Wax is sometimes used, especially in places where there are clear parts, like the windows of a model car or plane. The wax not only protects the model, but it goes on clear and it does not result in cloudy parts after application. Though originally the floor wax was developed for acrylic flooring, it is now widely used for plastic models.

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Things you need

  • Wash cloth
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Future Finishing Floor Wax
  • Paintbrush or airbrush
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Clean the plastic model parts with a mild soap and water to remove dirt, mould or anything else that might be on the model. Make sure any fingerprints are removed as well to prevent sealing in the finger prints with the wax.

  2. 2

    Dip the pieces of the model into the Future Finishing Floor Wax by holding the handle of the part. Lift the piece out and examine it for dust or bubbles. If there are bubbles or dust, dip it again and move it slightly side to side to release the bubbles.

  3. 3

    Dip a paintbrush into the wax and cover the plastic model or pieces with the wax. Paint carefully to get into every crevice and piece. Painting is required when dipping is not an option. Using an airbrush is appropriate in place of a paintbrush if preferred.

  4. 4

    Remove excess liquid. Set the pieces on the paper so that the parts of the model that will not be seen are directly on the paper. Gently touch the various parts of the model piece and allow the excess liquid to come off. Once all of the parts are touched by the paper, a uniform coating of wax is seen.

  5. 5

    Allow the finishing wax to dry. It takes around one day or so before the wax is completely dry. Do not touch the piece beforehand to prevent imprinting fingerprints or putting indentations.

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