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I ve heard that GW matte is crap, and that something called Dullcote is great for plastics and such but haven't found it yet. Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and the others all have pretty much the same paints and some of theirs have not worked for me in the past with other models.
Does anyone know if Home Depot has a good clear coat? Most of my army is plastic so I want something that won't chip or crack the paint if a spear or lance gets bent or something.
I use 2 varnishes to seal my figures.
First I spray 2 coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Non-Yellowing varnish. This is a satin finish that has a little bit of shine.
Next I use Testor's Dullcote. I use the Dullcote to kill the shine from the Krylon.
From what I understand the more flat the varnish the less it protects hence the reason why I use the krylon first. I get my Krylon at Wall-Mart. For the Testor's I get it at a local train\hobby shop. I am sure that you can find it anywhere they carry testor paints. If they don't stock it they should be able to order it... Barring that you might find a location to order it online.
I'm looking into using the clear finishes from Microscale Industries to see how they work. I've been VERY happy with the Micro Sol decal solution, and figured it was worth a shot to try the clear coats. Also, at $2.50 per bottle, you get quite a bit. However, it isn't in a spray format, so it does mean a bit of brush work. With a large, soft brush, it shouldn't take long.
For gloss, I have used GW's Gloss Varnish ('Ardcoat) with good success.
I have tried Vallejo Matt Varnish and Satin Varnish, and both work well... the Matt though didn't turn out as "flat" as I had hoped.
Originally Posted by Montford981
Well, I picked up the Micro Flat finally. Turns out, it isnt any "flatter" than the Vallejo Matt. Granted, it is a ton different than gloss, but there is still a slight shine to it. I was hoping to find something that I could brush on to specific areas to get no shine at all (tabards, purity seal paper, etc).
Ah well, I'll keep looking. Thought I would add this, since I had made the comment above.
Probably best to go with the Dullcote as Slorak suggested, esp since you are looking at full coverage of your models.
I am sure I have mentioned it before but another alternative for a brush on sealant that dries dead flat is Folk Art glass and tile medium. Just make sure you cut it 50/50 with water (don't know the results if you don't). It is a clear brush on that is great for both priming and sealing and does dry dead flat. Just put it on sparingly as if it builds up too much it could go white in some areas where it is thick.
I used to pick it up at Michaels art supply store. I am sure it is available elsewhere too.
I use Testors Dullcoat and any gloss arcylic sealer.
Process I use is paint-dullcoat-gloss varnish-dullcoat
This helps with any inks/washes you use or if you add a bit of future floor wax to your paints the dullcoat first impregnates the paint helping set it all togetherand killing the shine, Ithen gloss coat them(spray gloss) for a hard acrylic protection then use dullcoat again to kill the shine
Good to know... I may try cutting the Micro Flat 1:1 just to see if it makes a difference. If not, I'll be visiting the local Michael's. Thanks all!
Edit: just did a side by side... the Vallejo Satin Varnish dries dead flat, but the Matt Varnish has a shine to it once dry.
Last edited by SentryKiller; November 23rd, 2006 at 03:58. Reason: More info