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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
Painting 1/35 figures in winsor newton oils
New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 09:14 AM UTC
I'm in need of some help here. Every time I practice on a figure and I'm happy with the results, I then proceed to give the figure a light spray of Model Master dull coat.
After a couple of days to let dry,I go back to look at the end result. What I get is not a dull flat finish like I hoped for but instead I get a satin finish! My question to all of you is this, am I doing something wrong by leaving the figure dry over night before I spray it?
I'm using Winsor Newton artist oils that I have had for at least 10 years. They seem to lay pretty smooth when I was painting the figure. So I'm at a loss to what the problem would be.
I need you advice, thank you.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 03:30 PM UTC
Couple'a ways to do that - first remember that reds and blues have a natural sheen and both dry slowly, the blues slower than the reds in my experience...you can do one of two things - use a product called "Dorlands Wax Medium" to cut the sheen - try Googling that and see what you get - I use a small amount in each mixture of all my colors...OR you can find a Crockpot - aka a Slow Cooker - and set it on the lowest temperature - place your figure in there overnight - preferrably on a block of balsa or other wood as an insulator - you can do ONE OR the OTHER - NOT BOTH!!! You'll have to experiment to find which you prefer....if you're concerned about a plastic or resin figure you can raise the figure in the crockpot near to the top by using an appropriate block of wood...I put a paper plate over the crockpot to keep the heat in....usually slightly offset to allow 'excess' heat to escape and never had a problem, but then the figures I was painting were metal ones...my friends that painted Historex never reported a problem

CB in FL
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Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 01:28 AM UTC
Hi Jody,

The model master varnish you use is enamel right ?
Personnaly I use Humbrol. In the beginning I heard weird experience with that : sommetimes it creates white sediment on the figure : I let you imagine given that you can't remove it. Sometimes I had a satin finish also.
Personnaly Is tronly shake the Humbrol pot before, and well dilute the varnish with white spirit, and since then I never experienced that anymore over oil paint.

Wish you good luck with finding the perfect matt