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Diglettt Inactive Member11 Jun 2018 4:18 a.m. PST

Hello all. I have painted up roughly 15 28mm figures and have used the Vallejo Acrylic Resin Gloss and Matte Varnishes on them (brushed on). However, I have come to the realization that they are not necessarily non-yellowing. With that in mind, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some gloss and matte varnishes that are non-yellowing,non-toxic, and can be BRUSHED ON? Also, I use Army Painter paints if that makes any difference.

Thanks :)

alan L11 Jun 2018 4:40 a.m. PST

Try your local art store for artist's varnish.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 4:53 a.m. PST

I've been using Modge Podge for years now, never had an issue with yellowing.

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 7:59 a.m. PST

I second the Modge Podge…it works very well for a water based Matte Varnish.

Dexter Ward11 Jun 2018 8:49 a.m. PST

Polyurethane satin yacht varnish for me.

Diglettt Inactive Member11 Jun 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

Has anyone used Liquitex varnishes? They seem like they would be a good solution, but I wanted to hear other thoughts from people first. Both their Professional varnishes and Basics varnishes seem like they would work and they are formulated to work with acrylic paints.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Xtracolor XDFF matt varnish, looks like dirty dishwater, works like a charm. Brushes on easily and can be thinned with white spirit.

photocrinch11 Jun 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

I started to try the liquitex varnish, but ended up opting for the Windsor Newton as it has more known characteristics and I didn't want to risk ruining months of work just to save a couple of bucks at the art store.

blacksmith11 Jun 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

I recommend Talens

Mister Tibbles11 Jun 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

Pebeo is great, non-yellowing, and won't show brush strokes.

Timmo uk11 Jun 2018 1:14 p.m. PST

Vallejo varnish is non yellowing, I asked their technical department.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 3:43 p.m. PST

Future Floor Finish

Bowman12 Jun 2018 4:06 a.m. PST

Maybe the better question is what varnish IS yellowing. I've used various spray varnishes, and the following paint on varnishes: Vallejo, Liquitex and Future Floor varnish. None have yellowed.

Timmo uk12 Jun 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Any oil or lacquer based varnish has the ability to yellow. That isn't to say it will though.

Acrylic varnishes generally won't yellow but in any instance you have to check with the manufacturer to make sure.

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