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Does testors dull cote need to be used over a gloss varnish? What will happen if you dont use a gloss varnish first if so?
Also has anyone used army painter primer before?
Dull Cote doesn't need to be used over a gloss varnish; it works well just by itself. If you don't use a gloss varnish first, it'll just dull some colors/finishes down a little but other than that, nothing really. It'll protect your mini
I've never tried army painter primer before though.
I hope this helped.
Keep in mind that the less gloss to the varnish - the less overall protection you have. Dullcote or any other flat varnish is going to have the weakest protection. This is just something to keep in mind if you do a lot of handling of the models or don't keep them secure and separated during storage.
What I do is first spray with a semi gloss varnish and then with a flat varnish. I was using testor's dullcote almost exclusively but have since found that they have a flat varnish with Krylon that is very good. It is cheaper and the can is a full sized can as opposed to the small can with the testors.
I also spray my models at various stages during painting so actually end up with several layers of varnish throught the model. So far I have never had any problems with chipping or scratching...
Otherwise I am of the opinion that models look a whole lot better when they are dead flat.
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thanks both repped