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19 Jul 2020 12:13 #312201 by ubarose
I’m painting Cleopatra and the Society of Architects for a friend. It has a lot of large flat surfaces, and the plastic is kind of weird and difficult to paint. Anyway it is all finally almost done, but these large areas feel kind of gritty to the touch, which I find yucky. Is there anything I can do about that? Like some kind of clear coating I could use? I used citadel paints if that makes a difference.
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19 Jul 2020 15:46 #312208 by GorillaGrody
Hm. Gritty. As in, you feel the paint hasn’t fully bonded to your primer?

In future, I’d recommend not using brushed citadel paint on very large, flat surfaces. They’re great on small, detailed ones, of course.

For this problem, I’d recommend two nice, thick coats of whatever you’re using to seal them. The first one should be a glossier coat, which you should allow a full 48 hours or more to dry. Then, a thinner matte coat to cut the shine. That will give you a really tough seal for your paint job.
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19 Jul 2020 16:20 #312210 by ubarose
Replied by ubarose on topic Question for Mini Painters
Gritty like construction paper vs printer paper.

Don’t judge me, but I’ve never used a sealer. Never felt the need to. Is there any sealer that isn’t a spray that would work? I don’t like the mess and the fumes.

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19 Jul 2020 16:25 - 19 Jul 2020 22:07 #312211 by GorillaGrody
The citadel brush-on versions would be “‘Ardcoat” (glossy) and “Lamian Medium” “Stormshield” (matte). These things have normally-named Vallejo equivalents.
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19 Jul 2020 18:12 #312215 by ubarose
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Thank you.

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19 Jul 2020 21:24 #312221 by cycloneVB
Hold up. There are FAR more experienced painters on here who will correct me if I'm wrong, but Lahmian Medium is used to thin paints. A cheap, easy, brush on solution is DuraClear Ultra Matte Varnish. Big thing is to make sure it is a "sealant", "clearcoat", or "varnish". They will all work the same for your purpose.

Good luck and hello to all as an off and on lurker for years posting for the first time
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19 Jul 2020 21:57 #312222 by Disgustipater
Yeah, Stormshield is the matte varnish.
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19 Jul 2020 22:05 #312223 by GorillaGrody
Whoops. I stand corrected (I rarely use brush on varnish).
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20 Jul 2020 00:03 #312224 by blatz
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FWIW, I use Lehmian Medium all the time to dull gloss coats.
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20 Jul 2020 07:07 #312226 by gversace
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Reaper makes a brush on sealer that is likely cheaper than the Citadel version. www.reapermini.com/search/sealer/latest/09107
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