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I just varnished a couple of models for the first time and they have this white powdery look to them. It won't come off with water, its like the varnish made it cloudy lookin. I'm using Armory brand matte varnish. Any ideas on what happened or how to fix it? Also, what is a really good varnish to use that wont do this if I can't fix it? I wonder if I'm doing it right cause I really dont know what to do other than hold the can 12 inches away.
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One receipt for removing the milky formation in varnish is to mix a 50/50 mixture of ethanol and balsamic turpentine and then use a spray bottle to spray them. Hopefully the milkiness will disappear. If the spray is tarnishing the model just hold them under flowing water to remove the spray.
Hope it helps!
Other than proper distance, you're supposedto shake the can for aboue 2 minutes, not much more, maybe wather conditions, avoid extremes.
I had a similar thing happen with Purity Seal. Gave it back, got Krylon Crystal Clear and haven't looked back yet, excellent spray, hasn't disappointed once yet. I also tried Vallejo's matte paint-on on one figure which also came out nicely, but the spray is a lot faster. You should really give it a try.
All kinds of problems could have caused this milkiness, from outside temperature to not shaking the can vigorously enough. Vallejo spray varnish has been mentioned already; one of my friends swears by it, and since he's sprayed most of his 25000pt IG Armoured Corps with the stuff I reckon he's had reasonable experience!
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