I haven't made it a point to write to the IPMS members but I did a little research recently looking for a reasonably cost replacement for Future Floor wax that I wanted to report. There has been a continues rumor that the Clear version of Future, used by many modelers as a gloss top coat, will no longer be available. As my supply was starting to run low I started looking for a new bottle of Future. After surveying all the various supply sources in my area I came to the conclusion that it is no longer a rumor as no bottles of Future were found.
Given this situation I started to look for a replacement. I believe I have found one in the Rubbermaid Professional Plus Universal Floor Finish. This is a high gloss, acrylic liquid that can be both brushed and air brushed. To date I have tested both brushing and air brush technique and compared the surfaces with Future coated areas with satisfacory results. I have also dipped a canopy into the material and found the results identical to Future. Application over decals also appears practical. I have yet to apply the finish to a completed model but when I do I will report on the results if there are any problems.
The biggest drawback is that the liquid is only available in a 1 gallon size, about a lifetime supply for the average model builder. I found it at Walmart in the paint supply area. The gallon sells for $15 plus tax.
I hope this information is a value to the group.