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Allan Shannon
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Post by Allan Shannon » Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:54 am


As I am new to this painting stuff I just wanted advice on varnishing my Tiger1. Do you apply the varnish on the base coat first then add the weathering effect or do you apply the 3 tone camo then varnish and then weather, also what varnishing product do you use?

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Re: Varnishing

Post by Stephen White » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:56 pm

Allan, short answer is read the Knowledge Base here;

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The principle is to use a medium for weathering which is different to the base coat and use a varnish to act as a barrier between them eg acrylic base coat with enamel and/or oils for weathering. The weathering can then be adjusted without damaging the base coat. In your case, the base coat would include all three camouflage colours.

It's important for the weathering to get a varnish with a semi-matte finish. Gloss makes it hard for the weathering to adhere and with fully matt, it's difficult to get the weathering to feather and blend. Until recently, the product of choice in UK was Citadel Purity Seal by Games Workshop. Although it's still obtainable, it's been replaced by this: ... mUQAvD_BwE

It's quick drying, odourless and very robust.

There's more in the Knowledge Base.

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Re: Varnishing

Post by Tim Carr » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:33 pm

Good Info Share. Thanks

Later Tim
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