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So my usual method of sealing my minis is a coat of clear gloss spray, followed by a matte spray. Works well overall, but my last batch, the dullcoat seems to do nothing to kill the shiny, no matter how many coats I hit it with. Is there any way to fix this?

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There are various reasons this might be happening. It's cold and moist in many locations right now. Maybe that is affecting the spray. But whatever the cause, one thing I do when I get a similar effect, it to brush on some Vallejo Matte Medium. Not Matte sealer, though that might also do the trick. But I find when all else fails, the Matte Medium takes the shine off. It isn't meant to be a sealer, but since you already have something on there, it should be fine. It dries clear.

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Or is it an old can of dullcote that has settled and needs to be remixed?

 

(If I remember correctly, many matte varnishes are gloss varnishes plus small particles that knock the shine down.  If it has sat for a while, the particles can settle out and the varnish will come out as glossy until it's remixed.  I've never used dullcote so I don't know if it behaves this way.)

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Two separate cans, both Rustoleum but different lines. When the first one didn't work, I took it back to the store and exchanged it. Moreover, before taking it home, we tested the second one by spraying a metal countertop, which it dulled just fine. My second attempt was yesterday, a few days after the first attempts. Also, the weather was absolutely magnificent on the second try, so it's not that.

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1 hour ago, Weird-O said:

So my bottle of ultra matte varnish just came in the mail. How does this stuff work? Brush it on directly, or thin it a bit by swishing in water first?

 

I have done both, don't remember there being too much of a difference. Main thing with it though is to shaking it really good. 

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How does the AK Ultra Matte compare to Testor's Dullcote or other sprays?  I thought I'd heard that generally you get flatter results with either airbrushing a brush-on flat varnish or spraying with a can of flat varnish.  I've mostly stayed with brush-on sealants using a brush when I want to seal something, so I'm curious.

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