You finished your model kit, and it looks great, but let's say you want to take it a step further. Applying a layer of top coat can aesthetically change the look of your kit. Top coat is a transparent coat of paint that is used as a sealer, a "save point" to be exact. There are several types of top coat such as gloss, semi-gloss, and matte (flat).
Glossy top coat gives your kit a sleek and shiny look, just like a brand-new car.
Semi-gloss top coat gives the kit some gloss, but not too much. This would be better suited if you don't want your kit to be very glossy.
Matte top coat leaves a flat look after being applied and is typically a fan favorite. A matte coat is useful to hide some blemishes like cuts; it also makes details stand out like panel lines and decals.
Some builders use a mix between the types of top coat to give some parts that gloss texture while keeping other parts matte; others just do one type of top coat. The choice is yours when deciding which top coat you prefer; whether you're looking for a shiny Gunpla or a matte one.
Now that you know the types of coating, here's our preferred method. Before applying a layer, please do this in a ventilated room, or do this outside for safety reasons. The tools you will need are:
- Alligator clip stick
- Styrofoam block
First separate your Gunpla (torso, head, arms, legs, waist). Next, use the alligator clips to hold the part by its connector piece. Afterwards, hold the stick in one hand and the can in the other and apply an even coat; make sure to not have the spray can too close to the part or you'll apply too much. DO NOT aim towards your face while spraying. Once you've applied a coat, safely place the stick (with part still attached) onto the Styrofoam block and let it dry; do this process with each part. After allowing them to dry for an hour (times may vary), you can check if another coat is needed, or assemble back your Gunpla.