Testors Dullcoat question

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Babelfish, May 15, 2020.

  1. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Actually a couple of questions ...

    1) How long before it is FULLY & RELIABLY dry following application? Hours? Days? Weeks?

    2) Will thinned oil washes attack it and lift it off?

    Asking because when I use it, it's usually my very last job on a model, so complete drying time is not an issue. Only this time I want to dull down an unwanted sheen in the acrylic base coat before carrying on (to save having to mask off again and repaint).

    Thanks for any tips!

    - Steve
  2. theBaron A Fixture

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    United-States
    I use DullCote. I usually give it at least 8 hours before doing additional work over it, and often I'll wait overnight. I can't speak for the effect of using it over oil that has not dried, however; I use it on pieces painted with acrylics or with enamels.
    It is a lacquer. I have not seen solvents like mineral spirits or isopropyl attack it. I have used washes made of oils and mineral spirits over it, with no problems to the surface below.
    Hope that helps, prost!
    Brad
  3. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Many thanks for your input Brad. Yes that is helpful.

    Reading your reply, I think the way I phrased my initial question might have led to some confusion: I'm not wanting to apply Dullcoat over oils that have not (nor might not have) fully dried. It's the other way round: I'd be applying thinned oil washes over dry Dullcote, and am unsure what their effect might be on the Dullcote.

    - Steve
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  4. theBaron A Fixture

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    OK, yep, understood. Yes, I have had no problems with that combination.

    Prost!
    Brad
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  5. Paul Kernan A Fixture

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    Steve:
    I rarely use dullcote, especially on figures. Last time I did, it frosted a figure I'd painted in oils (I've used a heat box since). I was able to restore some of the richness of colour by using oil washes over the dullcote. Go with a light wash/glaze on a inconspicous spot and see how it looks
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  6. Richie A Fixture

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    Hi Steve,
    I used it once, had lots of faded washes on a tunic probably the best I had painted. Needed to cure some shinier bits and sprayed it with dullcote and it obliterated the lot.
    Some people get on with it OK now I'm very wary and do not use it.
    cheers
    Richie
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  7. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Thanks for the input fellas. All very helpful (y)

    A once experienced something similar Richie.

    I normally airbrush Dullcoat onto planes & AFVs but only right at the very end to kill off any unwanted remaining sheen, by which time the (airbrushed acrylic) paint scheme has been safely sealed in under a coat of gloss or satin varnish and the various (oil wash) weathering stages.

    However on one occasion I decided to brush-paint it onto a figure that I'd base-coated in acrylics and it lifted the lot, which is how I discovered that it will kill unsealed acrylics. Lesson learned!

    - Steve
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  8. kagemusha A Fixture

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  9. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Nice tip Ron, cheers. Do you decant it then put it through an airbrush, or just apply it straight out of the can?

    - Steve
  10. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Straight from can mate as nozzles are very good usually.
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  11. Jeff T Well-Known Member

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    Australia
    Thanks for the heads up on this one Ron!...always on the lookout for a good flat clear, I'll grab some as well.

    Cheer's,
    Jeff.
  12. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Cheers Ron ......might give this one a go ...I sprayed Testors and when fully dry it left white spots all over .....very unhappy so not used it again

    Without wishing to hijack Steves great thread anyone know of a true Matt brush on ?

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
  13. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Actually a great question Kev. That would also be good to know.

    - Steve
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