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Just tried out my matt varnish spray I have just got and it just turned my mini white! Looks like the varnish has not dried clear. Tried washing it off and when the mini is wet it looks fine but as soon as it all drys out it goes all white again.
Any ideas or am I going to have to write this one off (sadly its a FW one so dont really want to do this)
Blimey! That sounds rather nasty!
Right, first of all, did you shake the can before using it? Did you heat it a little in a bowl of warm water? If not, it could have been that the varnish separated in the can, which sometimes happens with spray paints and the like despite them being new.
Is it completely white? Or just slightly. A picture would be handy, so we can see what we're dealing with. For now, I think you may have to take the extremeist approach and completely strip the model. But I've never been in this situation, so best wait and see what someone else thinks.
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Think I might not have shaken it enough to be honest. I have just tried it on an old model so will see how that goes. As for my Renagde chap I have just finished toching him up. Managed to scrub most of the white off without damaging the paint although the camo green is a bit faded.
Actually, it sounds like you just put a mist coat on the mini and did not apply enough varnish on the mini to let it self level. Since you said it looks great when it is wet that is my suspicion. I would spray another slightly heavy coat (called a "wet coat") and see if that helps. Be sure to shake it well.
This has happened to me as well. The cause is something in the air, I think too much moisture. I have found the solution is to spray indoors. That is in an inside room not just a drafty old garage or shed. You will need to open a few windows etc to air the place out. Once I started doing this the white residue that ruins paint jobs seemed to come to an end, mostly. I suggest a quick test on a piece of coloured paper before each spray, just a quick squirt will do to see if it's white. You don't need to really waste any.
I had the same problem... However mine was from having rinsed the dust off them before spraying... I didn't let the pieces dry thoroughly enough I suppose. thankfully I wanted to change the paint scheme anyway.
Spray on Matt Varnishes are not recommended. You should really buy the brush applied one (they are not made by GW). This has to do with the cold and humidity in the air apparantly...
If anything goes badly you can just strip the paint and do it again. Nothing beats wasting a FW model :o
Thanks for the tips. What is the best paint on varnish you recommend? After a bit of reading last night it turns out I could get away with just painting that on and then it should be ok.
touched up the black on my FW chap however need to redo his hood and camo green (with the highlights etc )
Tried the varnish out on a WH Ork I had done ages ago and it worked a bit better than before (shaked it well and sprayed in doors) however it seems to have dulled the colours and turned the chainmail a bit cloudy
I don't know how to fix up the whiteness so I would just strip the model and do it again. However, it seems the other members know a bit more than I do, so listen to them The GW spray varnish is known to whiten up when drying at times, so most people now tend to avoid it. Its a common problem.
PS: matt is the one to use, its not shiny, so it'll only protect the model well. Gloss Varnish is shiny and should only be used on 'shiny' surfaces. Note that the Matt varnish will get rid of the shine from Gloss varnish if painted over. So you should paint the Gloss varnish as an extra over the Matt varnish
Warm water and a tooth brush will get rid of the whiteness.. That is how I managed.. You don't need to do a full stripping of the model, just enough to break away the varnish that did not bond correctly. Careful how hard you brush, or you will have to repaint a lot more than you want.