Tips on finding the elusive Johnsons Klear floor polish
Johnsons Klear acrylic floor polish has been popular with model makers of all disciplines for the past decade or so and many of us mourned the day that it was discontinued. It has resurfaced in a number of other guises since, however, the re-formulated versions have not been so user-friendly or as crystal clear. But, the latest incarnation, 'Pledge Multi Surface Wax with Klear', is very nearly as good as the original. It looks a bit milky in the jar, but it can be used in exactly the same way and it dries transparent.
The bottle on the left is the original stuff, now a highly prized asset for many (I know a few modellers who have a dozen or so bottles stashed away). I've had this one for about 8 years and, as you can see, am only about a third of the way through it. It makes an ideal, pre-thinned acrylic varnish that can be built up to anything from a subtle, satin sheen to a very deep gloss, depending on the number of coats applied. Spraying neat through an airbrush makes for a very convenient finishing medium and it's great for use with waterslide decals too. It's also superb for hand brushing with soft sable-haired brushes and dries in about 20 minutes. Brushes and tools can be cleaned in soapy water.
It can be used for countless other things too, like:
- attaching etched nameplates
- repairing and enhancing clear plastic glazing
- fixing glazing into bodyshells
- sealing scenic scatter material
- mimicking puddles and fluid spillages
- and polishing tiled floors!
Anyway, the point of this post is to settle a number of queries that I've had from Model Rail readers who have been asking how to get hold of the stuff. Well, there are some model outlets selling the original stuff in jars at inflated prices, but you can also toddle down to your local Morrisons and pick up a 750ml bottle for about a fiver, which should last about 20years!