- 05/02/2017 at 23:28 #57385
I have a few miniatures that need varnishing. The bases are flocked with static grass which also needs fixing in place to stop it shedding.
What is the difference between a matt spray varnish and a matt spray sealer? I’ve seen sealer used to fix static grass to terrain tiles but I’m not sure whether it would also double as a varnish for the miniature. Conversely, I don’t know what spraying a miniature with varnish would do to the static grass.
Does anybody have experience of this?05/02/2017 at 23:33 #57386
The only sealer I have used has been a sort of spray on acrylic, which is great at making static grass hard and durable, but was quite thick and very glossy.
If it is the same stuff I would not touch miniatures with it.
I have not spray varnished static grass, but I have both used PVA/water/washing up liquid to seal it and also painted on varnish, both of these worked fine.
Not sure that helps though?05/02/2017 at 23:55 #57389
Kind of, Mike. I have a can of PlastiKote sealer here and it doesn’t say whether it is matt or varnish, but it seems to produce a matt finish on static grass when I tried it. You’ve confirmed my feeling that it wouldn’t work for miniatures as a varnish. I’ve tried the PVA mix for sealing too but it seems to flatten the grass – maybe I’m just slapping on too much of it!
I think the only way is to try the varnish and see what it does to the grass…06/02/2017 at 00:01 #5739006/02/2017 at 00:38 #57392
Ta! Brushing it on is where I’m going wrong. How do you apply it?06/02/2017 at 07:58 #5739506/02/2017 at 09:25 #57397
Doh! Of course! Sozzard, I was coming down with a cold and wasn’t looking at the pictures…06/02/2017 at 13:30 #57417willzParticipant
I have used cheap hair spray from Tesco’s (£0.40p) a can as a sealer for static grass, make sure it is dry before you spray. (Also makes the base smell nice).06/02/2017 at 21:11 #57446
Cheers, William! I might give that a go because PlastiKote’s sealer gives me a minging headache. Also, if it works I could use it indoors without the missus complaining…08/02/2017 at 08:40 #57517Silent InvaderParticipant
I also use a non-shine hairspray from ASDA to seal static grass onto terrain pieces. I used to use plastikote sealer but, as above, the smell…..
For minis, I used to brush varnish the static grass but I didn’t like the clumpy effect that resulted. Now I apply the grass after varnishing but onto dilute PVA-type glue. I brush away the loose fibres when dry and haven’t found the need to subsequently seal. NB: I do use a static tool, which probably helps.
08/02/2017 at 18:39 #57585
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