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    Varnish woes

    I like my gaming miniatures to have an absolutely dead matte finish. Over the (many) years I've been painting I had off occasions when a matte varnish has dried shiny and I've never managed to recover the figure to a true matte. I've just had a batch of miniatures I'd sealed with Humbrol brush-on matte dry with a real high gloss finish, despite stirring for ages and not using a heavy coat. Anyone any suggestions for attempting to recover these? Please?!

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    Testors dullcote in the spray form is the only varnish I use. It's the best for sure. I have no input about a brush on, are you stuck on brushing varnishes vs. spray?
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    I'm fine with sprays. I'd gone bback to brush-on after a decidedly satin finish from a Vallejo spray. My concern now is that I have figures I cannot readily replace which now have a high gloss finish. I've never been able to uccessfully recover to a true matte from that kind of varnish screw-up.

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    I don't know about recovering these mini's. I used to do a glosscote followed by a dullcote for extra protection on gaming mini's and they we're OK. Maybe try the spray over the brush stuff? You've got nothing to lose now!
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    testots dullcote for me. best matt finish and always performs. You can try resprayed more matt varnish over the dodgy ones, it sometimes brings them back ok.
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    I used to use the Humbrol matt varnish but i found that if the room temperature is too warm it doesnt set properly and if its too cold it frosts and goes white in places thats why I swapped to Testors too.

    However, if all your temperatures were fine then your varnish has seperated and no matter how much you mix it it wont work properly, i have thrown mine out as i just couldnt use it fast enough before it went off.. i had sticky miniatures for ages, i kept them at room temperature for a while and thenput a coat of gloss varnish on them and then once set i went over them with testors..

    the only other way would be to buy a new bottle of the matt varnish and give them another coat allowing the top coat to absorb the first coat.. and let them cure at room temp..

    i dont know any other way without stripping them and repainting but thats very last measures...

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    I exclusively use testers dull coat as well. 3-4 really thin coats. And yeah, you might as well try to hit the glossy minis with some dull coat and see if there's hope.

 

 

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