Glossy and flat paints and finishes


Two great questions brought people to my blog yesterday

1) How do you make a gloss paint have a matte (or matt or flat) finish?

a) You can top-coat it with a dulling finish- Testor’s DullCote laquer is the classic modeler’s tool, it is more or less clear but dries to a flat finish, with a microscopicly rough surface.  It comes in spray cans.  Some people spray it into a jar and then apply it with their airbrush for better control.

b) You can mix the Matte finish from the paint manufacturer into the paint before you apply it, or top-coat the paint with it (experiment with something not so important…

c) Krylon artist’s spray products or brushable matte finish for furnature.  One very good modeler I know uses water-based polyurathane matte and eggshell furnature finishes over everything.

If you use DullCote or Krylon, as always,  with any spray,  EASY DOES IT! Use light coats, don’t slather it on.  Since its a laquer, its very ‘hot’- the solvent will eat into anything and if applied too thickly over an enamel will probably wrinkle the enamel or worse. Not what you want. So build up light coats.

I can report two problems I’ve had and how I got around one of them, but I keep typing it in and it disappears, so not tonight.

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