You can use VHT or about any clear coat.....Then after installation, I went back over(touch up) with clear Testors modelers clear with a modelers brush. My brackets, bolts,etc, have been done over 10 years now with no problems.
MCA Member 28 years.
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MCA Certified Judge 64.5-66 & 67-68.
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