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Was just wondering whether testors dullcote was a good enough protection for models. ie: would a couple of coats of it be enough to stop chipping and wearing from light gaming? Or would I need to have a previous coat of some other varnish ie: satin or gloss varnish?
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I never consider dullcote sufficient protection. I use it as a painting tool but wouldn't count on it as a varnish. If you're going to use it though, what Wraith says is right- just use a gloss varnish first as a protective coat followed by dullcote to remove the shine.
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I've never had a problem using Testor's Dullcote by itself. However, my experience is probably out of the norm so I'd definitely follow the above advice. Just be aware that in my experience I've noticed that the Dullcote blunts some of the weathering effects if you add them to your model.
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So Matt W&N acrylic is the same strength and protection as Gloss W&N acrylic.
However you should put down a gloss-coat of varnish before using Testors Dullcote as it is a lacquer and may lift some metallics and other acryllics.
Last edited by Jerrod Norton; January 24th, 2011 at 14:23.