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Joe Fling
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I have just finished painting some minis. Can anybody that has experience painting recommend a good sealant that I can apply to the minis to keep the paint from chipping? I am currently using Testor's Spray Lacquer (clear coat), but im just not sure if it's going to do the job or not when I throw all the minis in a bag. Is there something you have used that works?
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Any matte varnish should work well.
 
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The strongest way to seal minis is to use a paint on gloss varnish and then cover with a matte varnish (assuming you want a matte finish). Matte varnish alone can do the job, but will probably not be enough with lots of use or rough storage.
 
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I have rotated through a couple of different spray sealers before I finally took the advice of so many other painters and tried Testors Dullcote. Wow have I been happy with the results - great sealing and it doesn't distort the paint job you've worked so hard on.
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sirchadofkent wrote:
The strongest way to seal minis is to use a paint on gloss varnish and then cover with a matte varnish (assuming you want a matte finish). Matte varnish alone can do the job, but will probably not be enough with lots of use or rough storage.


Gloss finish isn't any harder than matte.

Two coats of matte would work just as well as a coat of gloss and matte. If you paint it on, you're probably putting it on thicker than a spray can.
 
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There isn't really anything that will protect them from damage if you just throw them in a bag. I have found that Golden (that's the company name) varnishes are quite good.
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Testors will be just fine for sealing against fingerprints and people touching your figures.

Nothing is going to protect them from you throwing them in a bag short of encasing them in clear resin.



You may find buying a couple of plano boxes and some foam a better investement.
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Morph Mode wrote:
I have rotated through a couple of different spray sealers before I finally took the advice of so many other painters and tried Testors Dullcote. Wow have I been happy with the results - great sealing and it doesn't distort the paint job you've worked so hard on.


I also use Testors Dullcote and have liked the results. I was less satisfied with others I had tried.
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often wrote:
sirchadofkent wrote:
The strongest way to seal minis is to use a paint on gloss varnish and then cover with a matte varnish (assuming you want a matte finish). Matte varnish alone can do the job, but will probably not be enough with lots of use or rough storage.


Gloss finish isn't any harder than matte.

Two coats of matte would work just as well as a coat of gloss and matte. If you paint it on, you're probably putting it on thicker than a spray can.


http://iwillnevergrowup.com/2014/03/28/hobby-tips-gloss-varn...

Apparently you are correct, however there are still merits to using gloss first and then a spray matte. Apparently it helps to avoid the dreaded "milky" effect that can happen in high humidity climates (Like where I live).
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