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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
looking for mat varnish for oil paint
Kinggeorges
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Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 11:32 PM UTC
Hello Peers,

I've just jumped into oil painting, and OMG the palette is so wide, and the colors so riches and bright ! I really discovered a new world..
But oil painting has a downside, it's very shinny..
When I was younger I used to use Humbrol enaml matt varnsih for my enamel paints, but I remind it aways left shinny bits, or even sometimes whites marks..
Do you guys happen to know a good matt varnish for oil paintings ?
Thanks in advance for your help.

Best,
Julien
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Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 11:51 PM UTC
Hi Julien,
Winsor&Newton has a good matt varnish for oils. You can find it here.
keep safe
Engin
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Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 05:52 AM UTC
Hi Engin,

Thanks for your fast reply.
Did you ever used this varnish line ?
I'm afraid of thick varnish that could impair the oil painting.
Could it be diluted and still work efficiently ?

Best,
Julien
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Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 06:08 AM UTC
Julien,

I use Daler Rowney Soluble Matt Varnish and it is really good. http://www.greatart.co.uk/DALER-ROWNEYSOLUBLEMATTVARNISH-varnishes.htm.
It can be thinned with white spirit and can be airbrushed as well as hand brushed. Dries to a dead flat finish.

Hope this helps

Andy
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Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 06:12 AM UTC
In my opinion the best matt varnish is Model masters. Really flat finish ... I spray it. Although I use Humbrols mostly and blend them with oils, I have agree with you, Humbrol´s own matt cote is undependable at best.
Kinggeorges
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Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 11:27 PM UTC
Hey guts,
Thanks Andy for the link.
I've ordered to bottles of your varnish.
Franck, thanks for the info. Unfotunately I don't know any testor retailers oin France. How did you get yours ? (testors is not seeling on internet outside the US)
Best,
Julien
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Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 11:30 PM UTC

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Franck, thanks for the info. Unfotunately I don't know any testor retailers oin France. How did you get yours ? (testors is not seeling on internet outside the US)


Testors/Model Master is available locally here in Sweden. Its quite expensive though ... roughly 80:- per botle (€9).
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Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 06:29 AM UTC

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Thanks Andy for the link.



No problem, let us know how you get on
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Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 05:05 PM UTC
You could try one of two things: 1) heat the figure in a crock pot, aka slow cooker, at very low heat overnight - that shoulkd dry the paint quicker and allow you to use a matt vaenish if needed; 2) use a product called "Dorland's Wax Medium"...but DO NOT use the wax medium and the crockpot together - use either one or the other...mix a small amount of the Dorlands into your oil when you're ready to paint...I've used the Dorlands and have been happy with the results....for a gloss, such as on leather, use Windsor & Newton Liquin...

Chris Brosnahan
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Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 12:28 AM UTC
Thanks Christopher for those tips.
At least Winsor and Newton is available in France, whereas others not..
Best,
Julien