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Recommended matte acrylic varnish
Posted by italian77 on Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:59 PM

Can someone recommend an acrylic matte varnish/clear coat that does not dry out tacky?

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:52 AM
I've been using the new Tamiya and it seems very good.

 

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Posted by italian77 on Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:48 AM
Can you spray it over acrylic paint?
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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:55 AM

Vallejo matt varnish leaves a very nice finish, dries quickly, and is not tacky.  I have used it over acrylic paint with no problem.  I thin it about 35% with Vallejo airbrush cleaner and add about 5% Valleo flow improver.

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:10 AM
I have. No issues that I can see

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:44 AM
I use the Vallejo Matte Varnish with no problems

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Posted by italian77 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:01 AM
I tried Vallejo first actually. It dries slightly tacky to the touch, even after weeks. That’s why I’m looking for a alternative.
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Posted by italian77 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:26 AM

Good to know. I had another thread a few weeks back asking about Vallejo varnish and it seems other were having the same issue. It’s not sticky when you run your fingers over it, just tacky if apply a little pressure. I did thin with airbrush thinner but I did not use flow improver in addition. I’m not sure if that will fix the issue but I’ll give it a shot the next time. I also had a piece I used Vallejo varnish about a year ago. I don’t handle this one very much, but I did test applying pressure with my fingers the other day and the same tacky surface was on this piece as well even tho it it was applied 10 months ago. To be fair I used satin varnish back then. I use primarily Vallejo paints so I would love a solution to the varnish issue. Thank you for the advice

fox
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Posted by fox on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:03 PM

My 2 cents for what it's worth. I use Vallejo paints all the time. All of their clear coats too. I use only distilled water (68cents a gallon at Wallmart) to thin them if necessary plus 1 drop of flow improver for every 5 paint. Have never had any problems. Windex window cleaner is what I use to clean the AB with a quick rinse of distilled water afterward.

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Posted by italian77 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:18 PM
Thank you for your input. I’ll try just the water as well to thin.
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Posted by italian77 on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:42 AM
I tried the Vallejo Matt varnish with just some distilled water last night but I did not have flow improver. I did a test spot. It went on great. Looks great. After letting it sit over night it feels good running my finger over it, but once I pick it up and the pressure from my fingers is a bit stronger it it still slightly tacky. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I even tried another acrylic Matt finish brand at hobby lobby that came in a spray can, and same thing. I’m starting to feel hopeless when I’m just trying to protect my painted project but it does not seem like I can handle them once they have been varnished.
fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:29 AM

I just remembered something I learned from these guys on here. Is there a way that you can check the humidity in the room you're using to paint in? If I remember correctly, some paints don't like high humidity and that effects their drying. Don't remember if Vallejo is one of them. I haven't had any trouble and our entire house is a constant 52%. Maybe that could be the cause of your problem. If nobody else has any opinions on this here, try to ask the question in the "Airbrushing" section of these forums. Lots of members post their airbrush problems there and you might get a better answer.

Hope that this helps.

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Posted by italian77 on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:06 AM
I didn’t think about that. I live in West Texas so it’s very low humidity, but I’ve been letting them dry inside the house. Maybe it’s higher inside. I just don’t have a way to test it. Maybe I should let it sit in my garage for a few days?

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