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how long does spray on matt varnish take to dry? 1 or 2 days or...?
About 15 minutes for touch drying - 12-18 hours for total drying.
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cool thanks but for the first bit after applying the surface seems sticky is this the varnish reacting and being absorbed by the paint? it also seems to be a bit more sensative to sharp edges (peels easier than usual) is that also due to the reaction will this become hard and unsticky when dry?
do the varnishes work better on metal than on plastic? i dont need it on the plastic but i did test varnishes on plastic and the paint does still get damaged
First question is: Are you using brush on varnish or spray?
Brush on varnish will usually take longer to dry. What does the container say? It usually will tell you the drying times. As already stated most spray varnishes dry to touch in about 15 minutes.
The varnish container should also tell you what things it is meant for. Most varnishes that will work on metal will work on plastics as well. When you say it "damages the paint" what exactly do you mean? If it is frosting that is usually an indication of spraying it in temperatures or humidity that is not appropriate for the sprays.
well it doesn't damage the paint itself like i painted some sprue edges to test the varnishes and the paint is still relatively easy to scrape off even though it has been over 24hrs...
Unless you really laquer up the varnish (meaning apply it thick) it won't be a "protection" against active scratching, impact damage, etc. You don't want it thick as it will obscure details.
Also did you prime the plastic before painting it and adding a varnish. This would make a huge difference. The primer will add "tooth" the the paint layer allowing the paint to grip to the surface better. The varnish will protect the paint from normal handling.
Think of a varnish spray as such - it will protect the paint from normal handling. I suggest spraying 2-4 light coats of varnish. I actually use 2 products. First I spray a layer or two of Krylon Crystal Clear Matte varnish. This dries with a hint of gloss. I then apply one or two coats of testors Dullcote. This kills the shine. I have had gaming pieces that I have used for years (normal handling) and there hasn't been any indication of the paint rubbing off. Now I am sure if I actively tried I would be able to remove paint.
Hopefully this will provide some help for you.
Last edited by slorak; September 23rd, 2005 at 17:31.
wow cool... perhaps that was the problem i was applying it too thin i only put one thin layer because i was afraid of it clotting... thanks mike as for testors i have heard alot about it even back in south africa but i havent found it in dubai yet so i'll have to wait till i go home for that
Don't forget that plastic sprues have a thin layer of greasy release agent on them to help get them out of the mold.Originally Posted by Dodge
This is why you must ALWAYS wash your plastic minis in detergent and water before painting. Otherwise, the paint can easily be scraped off...
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