A cautionary tale

Since it’s too cold to take anything outside to spray with a sealer, in the winter I use a brush-on acrylic sealer (the floor polish formerly sold as “Future” floor finish). It’s really glossy but dries quickly and is a very good protector. I decided to kill the gloss with some matte varnish sold as “Aileene’s” — a house brand at Jo-Ann’s craft stores. It created a horrific, dusty-looking mess of my figures.

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

However I noticed that brushing on some water restored the original look, at least as long as it was wet, so m next idea was to scrub off as much of the varnish as I could and re-apply the Future finish, since it leaves a “wet” look.

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Not quite where I hoped, but a little better.

You’d think I would know by now to test this kind of thing out before applying to 20-30 minis. Fuuuuuuck.

I may try scrubbing them a nit more with water to see how much of the matte varnish will come off the Future finish, but it’s encouraging that the worst of it can be fixed. Will I never learn?

 

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  1. I use Liquitex Pro Matt Varnish. I’ve had “meh” results with spray Dulcote, and with winter, sealing my minis is weather-bound. I find that the Liquidtext Pro varnishes (gloss for sealing, matt for killing the shine) work very well.

    • Thanks for the tip!

  2. No more using the product formerly known as Future, please. It will yellow over time. Liquitex makes a quality product. There are others. Delta Ceramcoat varnishes may be available at your Craft store. I’ve had good luck with it on painted pewter miniatures.

    Poke around some of the forums for miniature painting/Tabletop Games. There are ways to undo the frosting effect, ways that are easier than scrubbing the minis.

    • Ack, did not know about the Future yellowing. I started using it on polymer clay stuff because spray varnishes seem to stay ‘tacky’ on it.


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