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I'm using the matte varnish on my glade rider models, but I know that some people use layers of satin and gloss underneath the matte.
I'm curious what effect that has. Does it really help the colors?
My main interest is in protecting the paint jobs, especially on the metal models, but I don't want to lose any of the highlights (which is why I won't use a spray finish since it's too hard for me to gauge the amounts with).
I've done a good job with my WE army and want to protect them, but at the same time, I don't want to wash out good painting, like I did with that damned blood dragon count on a winged nightmare.
Also, the varnish label says that it's water-based. So can you think finish? I'd love to make it last longer, but I don't want to lose any of its protective value. Has anyone out there thinned their varnish?
Often the gloss and satin give a better finish, the matt will dull colours but the former also are harder to rub off. I have heard that matt varnish will often rub off if used as gaming pieces, so a layer of satin helps as it's more hard wearing. So I've heard, I just use a matt layer on mine. Though I don't game much..
I haven't used varnishes yet, although slorak recommended that gloss followed by matt is the best. Gloss protects, matt dulls the shine.
I use the vallejo matt varnish. Works perfectly for me.
I think satin is the same as gloss but I might be wrong.
I'm not sure which is the hardest wearing, but I have read before, of people who know, using a gloss followed by matt to dull the finish.
Personaly I have been using the Vallejo matt varnish, in a spray can. Can't complain, so far it does the job.:yes: