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I am a returning player / painter(12 years since last time), and just finished painting the troop choice of my eldar army (2x10 DA).
At this point i am wondering wether to use GW's Purity Seal on them or not.
"back in the day" i never used such a thing, but did experience models getting stained, chipped and smudged sometimes.
From what i could figure out via google, purity seal may ruin your models if you do it wrong? Is that correct? How hard is it to use, and how is the end result?
I dont wanna ruin hours of work in a few reckless minutes with this thing.
Any replys apprecheated.
Well, the only common story/experiances I've had is that the Purity seal -
1) Sometimes gets frosted. Especially in the colder climate areas.
2) In my experiance, blocks up details, making it hard to re-paint the model.
3) Reduces the shine of an 'ard coat varnish. Its important if your doing an 'ard coat varnish layer to do it over the purity seal.
I've asked a the same question in the General hobby discussion forum about alternatives to the purity seal, I'm just waiting for some replies
Hoped that helped
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Not a fan of purity seal, I have heard of way to many miniatures ruined due to the frosting effect.
Any sprayable matte varnish will do the job. Testor's dullcoate is probably the best way to go, it generally comes highly recommended and I haven't heard of a model frosting from it.
As always you need to do the spraying on a moderately warm and dry day otherwise you can run the risk of ruining the varnishing. Also it is best to do 2 thinner layers rather then 1 thick one.
I have to agree, purity seal stuffed one of my harlequins after hours of painting with a frosty surface... really annoying! I have gone back to the ardcoat varnishes that you paint onto the figure instead.
I used to be a bit supporter of Testor's Dullcote (and I still do believe it does a really good job)... However it is about $5 for a very small can vs. what I now use which is Krylon Flat Varnish ($3 from Walmart). I do recommend some kind of varnish especially if you are playing with the figures. I actually prefer the flat varnish over a satin or gloss varnish, but the more glossy the finish usually indicates better protection. What I will do is spray the varnish lightly all through the painting process (usually using a satin varnish) and then when completely finished I will give it a final coat of flat varnish. Needless to say I have never had much of an issue with paint chipping.
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