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Monday, August 31, 2009

Spray Varnish: How I beat the frosting effect!

Ron asked the members of the FTW blogger group to post some of our thoughts on spray varnish and how to deal with frosting.

In the past I had come across the problem of frosting after using a spray varnish. I asked around my gaming club on how to fix the issue and what caused it. I was told that it is caused by high humidity or overspraying and the number 1 recommended way to fix it was to do a clear coat followed by another matte coat.

While their method did fix the frosting the miniatures still looked different from ones I had sprayed without frosting. I started doing some research online and found many art students recommended using Krylon Matte Finish.

I picked up a can and it worked beautifully. I have been using the Krylon Matte Finish ever since. As of writing this I have yet to get a frosted model in about 4 years of painting minis and using this product. The instructions on the can still recommend not using it in high humidity, you can apply a second coat in just 2 minutes and the models are dry in 10-15 minutes.

I have had allot of success with this product so I just wanted to pass it on to my fellow gamers. I still pay attention to the humidity before I spray but this product has worked like a champ in 102 degree Texas summer heat. It costs around $5-6 a can and can be found at various stores from Walmart to hobby/art supply chains. You can find more information about this product at



RonSaikowski said...

I got a "bad can" of this once and it frosted my minis.

I still use this exclusively for all my coating. If you do get frost with this stuff, I've removed it with a Q-Tip soaked in nail polish remover and gently rubbing with light pressure.

Drathmere said...

The high humidity tip is a good one. I had not heard of it before. Simple Green is my frosting solution!

oni said...

I'll have to look into this. Right now I'm looking into using the Testors Dull Coat.

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