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I have been using Testors Dullcote on all the bones models I paint as a final varnish following the satin purity seal varnish I have.


I have tried looking for more varnish here in the UK and every online shop seems to be out of stock. What makes it worse it seems that our postal service has decided that posting and handling aerosol cans is more dangerous then anything so the cost of postage has go up for couriers.


Can anyone recommend an alternative Matt varnish or lacquer that is readily available in the UK?



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I don't know if you can get it over there, but I use Liquitex Matte Varnish. It's a brush-on type varnish. I get it for $15 for 237mL at the local hobby stores, but I imagine that most art stores would carry it (or something very like it).

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I have no alternative, but I sympathize.  Testors Dullcote is super rare here now (Newfoundland, Canada), and also can't be ordered by mail. 

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I also don't live in the UK, but for general advice I've tried the Vallejo paint on matte.  It definitely dulls things down, but I haven't been in the game long enough to speak for its durability.  I've also tried the Krylon matte spray, but it seems more satin and its aerosol anyway so you'd probably have the same problem (if it's even available in the UK).

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I've had good results with the Army Painter matte, both spray and brush-on. Definitely more expensive than Testor's in the States, but it might be easier for you.

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Regarding potential for shine, the translucent pigment (aka matting agent) in any matte varnish tends to settle out of suspension. Make sure it's well stirred, or shaken for at least 2 minutes for sprays.

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