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Varnishing models

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Ruarl

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Varnishing models

PostSun Jan 28, 2018 1:21 pm

A two part question here. 1) What's a good varnish for a finish that's as close to the paint as possible, and 2) how do I apply it (from a can or an airbrush) to a model that has no base?
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Re: Varnishing models

PostMon Jan 29, 2018 5:38 pm

I normally use a mix of Marabu matt varnish and trementine (2:1) and apply the mix with airbrush.
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Re: Varnishing models

PostMon Jan 29, 2018 7:23 pm

That Testors Dull cote is supposed to be good.
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Re: Varnishing models

PostTue Jan 30, 2018 7:23 am

I use vallejo gloss and satin polyurethane varnishes for airbrush, and I'm happy with them
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Re: Varnishing models

PostTue Jan 30, 2018 10:43 pm

Mike Mee wrote:That Testors Dull cote is supposed to be good.


I thought you couldn’t get that any more?

Thanks for all the answers for part 1. How about part two? How do you apply spray varnish to a wee tank, for example, when there’s no base to hold it by?
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Re: Varnishing models

PostWed Jan 31, 2018 7:25 am

I use an airbrush to spray varnish, but it would be the same from a can I guess. For dropfleet models, there is always the hawk widget so it's not difficult to hold the model by the widget or put it on a spare rod.

For DZC models without a widget (eg tanks, walkers) I hold them with or in the plam of my gloved hand and do it one side at a time. With thinner, the varnish is drying very fast so when I am finished with the last models of a batch, I can already do the second pass on the first models of the batch.

Sometimes when I use satin or matt varnish, when it is done I also come back with a brush and some gloss varnish to get back some of the shine on the metal parts. It works well but can be time consuming (or do the opposite with a model with a lot of metal parts)
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Re: Varnishing models

PostWed Jan 31, 2018 6:51 pm

Thanks for your advice Abrusio!

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