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Darrell B D Day26 Feb 2018 1:49 a.m. PST

Which spray Matt is the best in your experience and readily available in the UK?



martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Feb 2018 1:57 a.m. PST

I have been very pleased with the Army Painter matt spray. Used about 5 cans so far. Got mine from ENTOYMEMT in Poole. Good spray and good supplier. I expect there are other products put there too. This is just an opinion and not a definitive answer.

Green Tiger26 Feb 2018 2:28 a.m. PST


John Watts26 Feb 2018 2:32 a.m. PST

Halfords – absolutely matt spray.

foxweasel26 Feb 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Humbrol, all decent model shops, but best of all you can get it at Boyes.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2018 3:50 a.m. PST

In the US, from what I have seen, matte means not flat, but more of a satin or semigloss. At least those are the results I have found. So I buy flat.

I have not tired Army Painter


Vigilant26 Feb 2018 4:00 a.m. PST

Been using the Army Painter matt spray for years. Completely flat and never any problems.

Prince Alberts Revenge26 Feb 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

Tamiya matte. The best IMO.

Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Feb 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

We stock the HMG spray varnishes which come highly recommended but unfortunately we can't ship them. If you're attending any of the shows, we'll have them with us there?


Fat Wally26 Feb 2018 11:09 a.m. PST

I still think Windsor and Newton Professional Matt varnish is by far the best and is also non-yellowing over time. Probably the most forgiving and less susceptible to weather conditions than the others in my experience and I've tried most, if not all the ones above.

Guthroth26 Feb 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

Another vote for Army Painter. Never had any problems in cold weather.

Black Cavalier Inactive Member26 Feb 2018 12:49 p.m. PST

I'm surprised there hasn't hasn't been a recommendation for Testor's Dullcote yet, that's usually the main one mention.

But I use kylon crystal clear. It seems to be almost as flat as dullcote, but for about 1/3 the price for more than twice the size of of the can.

You have to be careful because arts and crafts stores like Michael's carries a Krylon product also called Crystal Clear, but that is not as flat.

I've included a link to the Amazon listing for what I use, but I don't know why it's twice the cost as what I get from the local hardware store.


Darrell B D Day26 Feb 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone for great input – plenty of choice😊


Volleyfire26 Feb 2018 2:53 p.m. PST

Testors for me, Army Painter when I can't get hold of any is a good substitute.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2018 2:19 a.m. PST

Windsor and Newton Professional matt- very matt indeed, sensibly priced and not especially smelly.

TheWarStoreSweetie03 Mar 2018 7:04 a.m. PST

I use a combination of Army Painter Matte and Gloss and Testor's Dullcote and Gloss Cote.

Elenderil07 Mar 2018 5:09 a.m. PST

Foxweasel for the win I get most of my paint and varnish from Boyes along with felt for drop cloths and terrain pieces. It helps to be in the North of England as they are a chain of stores based in and around Yorkshire and Humberside!

seneffe11 Mar 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

In UK good old Humbrol Matt spray is actually a very good choice- especially with the old trick of a first coat of Humbrol gloss spray, let dry overnight, and matt spray as second coat. Very good protection for the figures and a dead flat finish.

Having no big shops with high stock turnover in close proximity to me, I tend to buy mine on line from Humbrol direct- it's always factory fresh that way.

Gennorm17 Mar 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

The Halfords matt lacquer is good and easily available.

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