Monday, September 29, 2008

Testors Dullcoat Lacquer test..

Just a short post on my test with the new Testors Dullcote that I picked up at Colours..

This is a lacquer rather than a varnish so needs to be applied over the top of an existing protective coat, rather than direct to paint - I suspect it would do nasty things to paint if you applied it directly..

So, without further ado - here's a before shot (as they say in the adverts):

If you click on the picture for a bigger view, you can clearly see the problem - this was originally sprayed with a Plastikote "Flat" varnish - far from it, I'd say that was "Satin" more than anything else...!

This however, is the after shot (taken, at best, 5 minutes after the lacquer was applied):

A huge improvement.

Thoughts/comments?? None really - they advise a single thickish coat, I used a thin coat as I was a little unsure of what it would do, but in light of how quickly this stuff starts to dry I would definitely go thicker next time. In addition, I noted that having applied it, don't go back to paint the area again.. there's obviously some kind of corrosive/sealing reaction going on! Sounds bad, but when I checked them again this morning there were no ill effects and they look a lot better than they did before....

Steve-the-Wargamer (and also a very irritating bloke in a TV Commercial) says "it does exactly what it says on the can" - 9/10 (would have been 10, but it is a bit smellier than acrylics)


  1. That's definitely done the trick. I am always nervous of using different varnish types and accidentally doing something terrible that ruins all those hours of work!


  2. Yep, Dullcote is a very handy thing to have in your bag of painting tricks. Haven't used it in a while, but I have a spare can or two myself.

    Best Regards,