sealer help needed
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sealer help needed

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I just made a red 12 inch halo spartan and I want to seal it. if I use a gloss, it will obviously be glossy. what if I use a matte? will it change the "sheen" of the paint I used? can I brush on a sealer or do I have to spray it? I don't have airbrushing tools

Posted by Anthony's Customs
on Monday, July 6, 2009
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blaynescott -
Thursday, July 16, 2009
You're welcome.
Top-notch comix -
Thursday, July 16, 2009
thanks for the help, Blayne
blaynescott -
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Depends on the kind. I accidentally made an accessory on a figure (the soft plastic loin-cloth) sticky when I used Citadel Spray-on Matte finish sealant.

So, so fix it (make it not tacky) I painted it with 2 coats of Vallejo Matte finish varnish (sealant).
Top-notch comix -
Thursday, July 16, 2009
quick question... will sealant make figs not tacky? (slightly sticky)
El Draxo -
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I don't know if someone already posted this option for you but here goes my opinion. I recommend a can of Testor's DullCoatte spray. It will run you about $4-$5 but it is definetely good stuff. Use it in a well ventilated room and apply lightly. If anything goes matte that you didn't want matted just use Testor's clear acryl, it comes in gloss and matte. You can also mix them to acheive a semi gloss. Good luck on your custom.
blaynescott -
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A lot of hobby shops will refer to it as "varnish": I.e: glossy varnish, matte varnish, satin finish varnish, etc.

I started using Citadel brand sealant - it can be found at hobby shops that sell Warhammer 40K.

I moved on to using both that (their Glossy is great) & the Vallejo matte varnish. It's great stuff - it's also what Kyle Robinson uses (At least in terms of their paint-brand).

Beware of spray-on sealants though: If your figure has any soft-plastic bits (capes, accessories, a venom tongue) it can react badly with any aresol based spray -- that includes acyrlic spray paint. Bits of your figure could become sticky, and never properly dry.

This is why I moved away from Citadel's spray-on matte varnish, and to the brush on variety.

Cheers,
-Blayne
somebody1 -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I used 2 Halo figures (halo 2 I think) for a character and the plastic held up well to spray paint from what I remember. so you should have no problems other than paint/sealant compatability which I had happen on a Transformer.
Anthony's Customs -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
im using it on a halo 3 figure
somebody1 -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
It should work just watch for softer plastic figures like some of the batman ones. They stay tacky forever. Testors is really mild since it is made for model kits. I actually had a test figure melt one time when I used cheap paint from the dollar store. No more off brands for me lol.
Anthony's Customs -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
yeah. im using the testors dullcote and it seems to be fine. we'll see how it comes out once its finished
somebody1 -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
lol. It's like going to Pittsburgh and asking for a rubber band. For some reason they call them gumbands. I'm amazed anyone gets anything done. I've never sealed one of mine yet. But they sit in the display case or get given to my ex as gifts. You could probably get some automotive stuff but I'm betting it would eat the figure.
Anthony's Customs -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
yeah. tell me about it. I wish they had something like the hardener for auto clearcoat. I wanted a hardener in my clear coat for the figure. I suppose a few coats of the testors dull coat should be enough. its not like im gonna be selling custom spartans to little kids who beat up their toys
somebody1 -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
It's a pain since everyone seems to have a different name for the same stuff.
Anthony's Customs -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
thanks for the info. I tested this stuff on a sample fig and it works fine
somebody1 -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
lacquer is a sealer. It's a form of varnish like they used in paint before clearcoat (which is a sealant) came along for cars. It gives a better shine to cars. As for figures a flat spray laquer or a brush on would work but I'd get one you know works with waterbased paints if that's what you use and test it on a scrap first.

This is the stuff Blaynescott suggested. It's like 5.00 a bottle though.
Anthony's Customs -
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
the guy at the hobby shop told me there is no such thing as a "Sealer" he said to use a dull coat clear testors spray can..its a lacquer. is this correct or is the guy wrong?
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Anthony's Customs -
Monday, July 6, 2009
thanks for the info. maybe ill try it if I can't get a nice finish from the spray sealer I get tomorow
somebody1 -
Monday, July 6, 2009
blaynescott put me on a Vallejo matte sealer that comes in a small bottle. It's pricey and I had to have it sent from canada but he swears by it and that it works on waterbased paints.
Anthony's Customs -
Monday, July 6, 2009
ok thanks man. ill pm you a pic of my figure. I think im gonna get that spray tomrrow.
Goldenwolf -
Monday, July 6, 2009
you can spray on a matte sealer in a spray can that you can get at walmart for about $4.00 in the craft section That works great you just have to mist it when you spray your figure. If it changes your color that might happen it depends on the paint or color I guess . I Hope that helps you out . Its Trial & Error W/Painting & Sealent But I've Used It A lot Over the years but you gotta try things & see what works for you. by the way the spray can has a blue & black label W/ white lettering.there is a pic in the tutorials section .
SCORPION11.0 -
Monday, July 6, 2009
if you canfind a brush on sealer you could use that, I used that on a nearly finished venom and it turned out pretty good
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