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Author Topic: Varnhishing Metallics and keeping the shine?  (Read 1252 times)

Offline ShortscaleDave

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Varnhishing Metallics and keeping the shine?
« on: August 06, 2015, 10:28:21 AM »
I've noticed that the varnishes I have, including some 'dips', tend to mute and flatten the sparkle from metallic paints.  Gloss retains it but doesn't look so right in the shadowed sections where matt paint is used.  Has anyone found a great product. or even a technique or combination of products that both protect your paintjob and also represent the metallic effect as good as unvarnished?

I think I'll experiment with using my matt and gloss varnish in a painterly way to retain gloss on the highligts and blend to matt in the crevices, but if anyone has tried this or has a better, simpler solution, I'd love to hear your stories!

Offline FramFramson

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Re: Varnhishing Metallics and keeping the shine?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2015, 05:33:49 PM »
I tend to just go back and add a mild gloss to anything meant to be shiny.

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Offline Mindenbrush

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Re: Varnhishing Metallics and keeping the shine?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2015, 02:15:05 PM »
Same as Fram, I often go over the metallics with Vallejo Satin varnish to give them the semi-glossy finish.
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Offline Connectamabob

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Re: Varnhishing Metallics and keeping the shine?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2015, 07:48:09 AM »
Overall coat of satin or matt, then lightly brush with gloss. Very lightly: as close to drybrushing as you can get with a clear media.
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