Sticky/Tacky varnish on figure
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Sticky/Tacky varnish on figure

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Lately I have acquired a custom of a Dazzler, nicely done and painted, but with one big problem. It was varnished with gloss varnish, and it is extremely tacky/sticky. I have tried with bicarbonate water, re-varnishing it with Humbrol and pastel fixative, and nothing. I don't know what the varnish was in first instance. I know the easiest solution will be repaint it, but I would rather not do it.

Any hint/tip on how to removing the varnish without damaging the paint? I have read that with hot soapy water can be removed, but I'am not too sure about that.

Posted by argenta-2008
on Wednesday, December 30, 2009
User Comments
blaynescott -
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I avoid aerosol sprays (for paints and varnishes/sealants) in general because so many DCUC and ML type of figures have mixed parts - even before kitbashing. Some soft plastics (and a lot of Hasbro-Marvel Legends) are sometimes made from odd plastics that really don't do well with sprays. For that reason, I switched from Citadel matte spray (great stuff, in some instances) to Vallejo Matte finish varnish that you brush on.

Best of luck with your sticky figure though. It's a shame that happened.
pock63 -
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I had this happen once to one of my figure. Fore some reason the spraypaint I used reacted with the plastic and wouldn't dry. I sprayed it with matt krylon and that fixed it.
argenta-2008 -
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thanks for the reply, but here in europe they don't sell Goo Gone. I have revarnished with a latex / wax varnish and it is solved moderately the problem . If it gets too dusty, I will end repainting her.
Green Skin -
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I had the same problem with some Krylon Matte stuff a few months ago. Unfortunately I had to repaint the bloody thing. Anything strong enough to get the sticky crap off is also going to mess with the paint. You could try some Goo Gone, that should take the stuff off. Be very careful with it though since it will take paint off a custom. Try putting a little on a rag or paper towel and see if you can rub it off with that. Could work, try it on a small test area first though. Good Luck!
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