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Review: Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating

When it comes to doll repainting, Mr Super Clear is the preferred sealant to use. No matter how good it is, it’s expensive to  get unless you’re in Japan and the wait can be long when you’re relying on getting it back in stock at your favorite supplier.

Looking for an alternative has led me to Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating. Krylon makes several variants so to be more specific, it’s this one:

Not this:

This particular matte finish was recommended to me by a friend who dabbled in miniature painting and occasionally used it to seal mecha-type cosplay outfits. It was designed specifically for plastics but will it work with vinyl used in dolls?

Our test subject… Ashlynn Ella.

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She was chosen specifically because her face sculpt was generally flat which meant that most of the face will catch the sealant.

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Ashlynn’s face is wiped…

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Here’s the first coat of sealant. Notice how shiny it is? This looks a bit discouraging but the upside is that it does not feel gummy at all.

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I felt as if the paints stuck to this sealant much better so I could do fine lines smoothly instead of using several strokes.

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Pastels stuck to the sealant much better than with MSC. Unfortunately, dust and other debri were just as easily attracted so I often had to brush away unwanted artifacts.

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Once the pastels were applied, they didn’t smudge off. I felt confident enough to do the rest of the details without sealing the pastel layer.

Notice how the sealant still looks just a little bit shiny? It could be that it’s being temperamental or that I didn’t shake the can well enough but the sealant did pretty well. It left the vinyl alone. The only real downside is that it wasn’t completely matte.

Not satisfied with the look, I did the final seal with Mr. Super Clear which took away the shine and gave her a true matte finish. Here’s the finished result!

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For more photos, check it out at the gallery.  She’s currently available at Etsy.

My final verdict? Krylon’s Matte spray was specifically designed for plastics, hard plastics. It will probably a better sealant for blushing Monster High bodies for example since the spray doesn’t atomize the way MSC is applied, hence, no risk of powdery side effects. It might even work really well for BJD dolls generally made with ABS or harder plastics.

Other repainters seem to be using Krylon Matte Spray… but I haven’t been won over completely due to the slight shine.

Further reading:

Have you used Krylon’s UV Clear Acrylic Coat spray? Please share your experience in the comments below!

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  1. I’m aware that the this was done in 2014, but I’m curious about it since it has been so long. Did the UV-Resistant become suddenly sticky and gummy after it sat on the doll for a couple days (or longer)? I had watched an Q&A of the guy who used the Matte Finish and he showed it did exactly that. (I’m using the Rust-oleum Matte Finish and I don’t recommend it because of the fact that no only does it give it a “glossy” finish like the Krylon Matte finish and the glossiness is even worse then the UV-Resistant, but it’s very hard to draw on top of if you don’t wait for 24 hours)

    I’m just curious because I’m maybe thinking of seeing if it would be better than what I’m using now, but don’t want what happened to HeXtian’s doll.

    1. As far as I’ve heard, this doll has pretty much stayed the way it has since this article was published. Since this was an experiment, I don’t know if I just happen to get “lucky” but the gummy and sticky texture is usually the result of the fixative not being used in ideal situations. Maybe the can wasn’t shaken well enough. Maybe it was cold. Maybe it was too hot. Maybe it was humid. Maybe it was sprayed to close. There’s lots of reasons why someone else’s experiment had a different result. I simply used the same ideal conditions as what would work for MSC.

      Keep in mind that because I wasn’t happy with the “shine” I did eventually use MSC to give it a more matte look.

      If you haven’t already, you should read up on the MSC article and any other articles about it found on this site. Just use the search bar for “Mr Super Clear” and it should bring up any and all articles related to it. Be sure to check the comment section as well.

      1. I’m surprised that I got a response at all since it’s such an old article. But I’m thankful for the response nether the less.

        The fact that you didn’t get a gummy, sticky situation and as to why it would happen gives me hope with it still because all I want is an easier surface to practice on until I can get myself MSC.

        Pretty much every place I have looked into says that Mr. Super Clear is the best of the can versions, yours included. I just experimented with Rust-oleum since no one had reviewed with it, and it’s better to try it while I’m in my own experiment stage so I can tell others never to use it. The reason why I was asking because I don’t mind the shine so much, it’s more the ability of the application of the materials I was more curious about. And in this review, you did say that the application of the materials on top actually were pretty good, so I’m tempted to get it eventually to see if it is better then what I’m working with as I just want to practice faces on other dolls before I get to do my dream one without worrying about it. the Rust-oleum is just awful in drawing on top of as there’s no “tooth” to it at all….

        I would probably get MSC eventually… when I have my own money to spend to buy it online and have a comfortable wait time for it to ship. Most likely when I’m going to do my dream doll, since the doll I want to work on specifically is Monica the Zombie. All these experiments are really leading up to that project really.

        Thank you again for your response, I actually feel more comfortable in asking questions now after this if I come across anymore problems in my experiments. Your articles are very useful as well.

        1. Yep, this blog is still very much alive. I haven’t published any new ones lately since I haven’t been working on any doll experiments lately. A lot of the articles seem to pretty much hold up well even with time so if you’re looking for any variations just look to the comments section. =)

          I haven’t felt the need to update any of my articles since it’s always going to be the same process or method.

          1. Totally understandable, you wouldn’t want it to feel repetitive when you’ve found a method you that works for you in the long haul.

            xD funnily enough I actually automatically read all the comments before I asked to double check that no one else asked the question. I’m usually a lurker in most cases, and I usually find what I need by just reading it, or watching if it’s on Youtube. But I will keep an eye out anyways in comments.

      2. Hi, An even later post :-). I’ve been experimenting with some thrift store Monster High Heads and am too anxious to wait for Mr. Super Clear. I thought that maybe if you do a light sanding between layers it might get rid of the shine. I’ll let you know how it works out. Thank you for all of the valuable information 🙂

  2. I like Krylon spray, but the one downside is that it can be pretty sensitive to heat and humidity, which is I think the problem you’re having here. Making sure the can is well-shook combats it a little, but too much moisture in the air and you wind up with a slow-drying, sticky finish. It IS shinier than the Mr. Superclear even in perfect conditions, but its availability over here has me putting my thumbs up.

  3. I have question for you! The only you didn’t like is the glossy color? I can handle the xtra glossy! The only I can’t handle is the strong smell Mr Hobby has. And I wear a mask. I think I’ll give a try to this one!

    1. Yes, I didn’t like the gloss because it made the dolls look like they’re sweating. Because this is a spray sealant, standard procedure is to wear a mask when you use it (outside and with good ventilation!)

      I think MSC and other Mr Hobby sealant’s fumes are the least smelling compared to other types of sealants I’ve used (dullcoat, Krylon matte). Krylon clear acrylic struck me as being slightly stronger than MSC but the smell didn’t linger.

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