Future floor polish is a water-soluble acrylic floor coating product that was developed by S. C. Johnson. All these year’s even after 2008 when Johnson decided to move under the Pledge marketing umbrella their floor care products the formula remains the same until today.
The bottle and description changed during the years past but same formula with slightly advanced characteristics still exist. Some photos showing the differences during time:
However this product was produced for house floor care but it is very useful for scale modelling techniques too. Modellers found out that it is perfect for canopies and clear parts gloss varnishing even more effective than any of existing modelling products. It is used in a wide range of applications and it’s appliance shown below:
Future can be applied with an airbrush, paintbrush, a cosmetics sponge, a paper towel or a soft rag. Can be thinned with water when is applied with an airbrush. It is also possible to dip items into Future, mainly clear plastic parts but if dipping does leave drips then must be wiped away.
For the shiniest result, sand and buff before applying multiple coats of Future, letting the piece dry completely between coats. Two coats are enough for many applications, but no rule exists. Putting coated pieces back into the oven for a few minutes helps set the finish.
Thin layers of Future will produce a fine gloss finishing to any painted surface where is needed or preparation for decals placement is required. Finishing and sealing the works with Future is also applicable and many modellers are using it for that.
It is possible to remove Future if you change your mind about it. You can try rubbing off the finish after soaking the piece in water. If that doesn’t work, diluted ammonia or products containing ammonia (like non-streaking window cleaners) are the next option. Future can be mixed with acylic paint, inks, powders and other materials to produce colored glazes. Powders mixed into Future make paint that works well for crackling techniques. Also many modellers are using Future as decal setting solution liquid.
Future Floor Polishing or Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish Shine as it is branded in our days can be purchased only from US while many similar products are available worldwide by different name. Detailed information can be found at THE COMPLETE FUTURE web page.