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PostSubject: Matt Varnish   Thu 19 Feb 2009 - 8:25

You might be laughing, but nonetheless...

I got a bottle of matt varnish recently, as I heard it's good to keep the paint on your minis save from damage. So.. I just brush it on and then the paint wont chip off that easily? Is there anything important I should heed?
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Thu 19 Feb 2009 - 16:23

Spray it on!
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Thu 19 Feb 2009 - 16:45

hero wrote:
Spray it on!

What he said.

Testors Dull Cote works quite well. I have never tried the brushed on type, but the thought of it scares me!

Maybe test it on a mini you dont mind getting messed up to see how it works.
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Thu 19 Feb 2009 - 17:41

Buy the spray, as HornedRat said Testors Dull Cote is meant to be one of the best, GW Purity Seal (may be satin?) is good too but I have heard of quiet a few people having 'issues' with it (as in the mini gets coered in a white, specy mist).

I've tried 'paint on' varnish and TBH am not really a fan. It has it's uses yes, for example getting the gloss one to make a part of a matte varnished mini look shiny, but for the most part spray varnish is in my experience better.

If you do decide to stick with the 'paint-on' matte stuff then my advice is to water it down (3 Water/1 Varnish max) and tehn use an old, but clean, brush to apply it as it will ruin the bristles.

Hope this is of some help.
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Thu 19 Feb 2009 - 17:55

I prefer the painted on varnish.

And sometimes use tinted varnish too, applied with a brush.

I feel it gives me more control, and I can reach all parts an spray varnish can't.

And for some minis I prefer the gloss finish over satin or mate.

But in the end, it's all a matter of taste and/or comodity/convenience, so it's up to you.

About GW purity seal, I've never used it, but heard several rantings about it tuning "yellow" over time.

Hope that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Fri 20 Feb 2009 - 0:37

Thanks for the advice! As I now have a bottle of paint on varnish and no GW store or other hobby supply anywhere nearby, I will just paint it on, I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Fri 20 Feb 2009 - 0:56

Caveat: make ABSOLUTELY certain your brush is clean before applying the protective coat. If it's a decent brush also clean it thoroughly after applying the coat; re, the protective coat can do a real number on a brush if allowed to dry on the bristle &/or the ferrule. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Matt Varnish   Fri 20 Feb 2009 - 0:59

I will just take an old GW brush, as I recently switched to another company (Pegasus, if anyone knows) and now have some brushes spare Smile
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