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I would like to ask how do you guys apply the Varnish coat? Do you thin down the Citedal Varnish with water before brushing them on? or is it more cost-efficient to actually buy the spray can?
Either way works, really. IIRC, the GW varnish is rather thick, right? If so, definitely thin it - thick varnish = bad finish.
Spray cans... Well, they're good, and they're bad. Faster and easier, sure - but the price tag is a bit exorbitant and you really don't have much control over the finish you get. Personally, I don't like using them.
One question: are you talking about a Gloss varnish? If so, don't even bother with GW. What you really want is Future floor polish. Cheap price, massive quantity (lifetime supply - seriously!), non-toxic, paint and plastic friendly, pretty quick, and absolutely tough as nails. It's as thin as water, brushes beautifully, it's thin enough to be airbrushed right out of the bottle if you want to, and to top it all off, it smells nice, too.
It's really the best option I've yet to come across.
If I use a gloss varnish on one of my models I definately thin it with some water but I also use a matte varnish afterwards. The gloos tends to protect better but ends up shiny, the matte tones it down and makes it look all nice nice, just how it looked when you painted it. Both Vallejo and Testors make nice matte's that work well.
The big thing no matter what kind of product or application method you decide to go with is to try it out first on some models to figure it out.
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Thanks, I guess I've been doing it wrong .. I've been applying the Varnish straight out of the bottle >_<
I've heard of that Future Floor Wax, the staff at my local GW store has show me the trick of mixing it with Citedal wash to achieve smoother effect. I just don't know they could be used as Gloss Varnish too, I guess I'll have to head over and buy a bottle!
Future Floor Wax is truly a miracle additive... Wether you are using it to varnish or as a paint additive... it works great.
What I have been using quite succesfully is first spraying on Krylon Crystal Clear non-yellowing satin varnish. (2 coats usually) followed by 2 coats of Testor's dullcote. I love the dullcote as it kills all shine. The downside is the price vs. the size of the can...
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