As ever please feel free to hurl abuse, ask a question or make a comment. Thanks for the support along the way, it's always appreciated and never taken for granted. Have a great weekend everyone - not much modelling from me for a wee while as this time next week, I'll be on a plane with the family bound for sunny Florida !!
Terry wrote: Sorry to be a pita Ian, but do you use Humbrol enamel varnishes or acrylic varnishes? It's been said that Humbrol enamel clears are prone to yellowing with age, or is that just an urban myth?
Definitely not a PitA, Terry !!
OK the 'old' Humbrol enamel varnishes in the wee tinlets do go yellow, there's no getting away from that. I haven't used them for thirty years, because the enamel 'Cote' varnishes are so much better.
So here's the thing - they need a LOT of mixing & thinning. I don't mind the work because the results are great. Here's how I do it - your results may vary !!:
#1 When I open it, the sediment will have separated and will be lurking at the bottom of the jar. I use a pipette and remove all of the 'clear' above the sediment and put it into a separate glass jar.
#2 I next add to the original Matt Cote jar with Artists Distilled Turpentine (from Warehouse Stationary) - NO MORE THAN 50/50 - and let it sit for a few mins - usually I go make a coffee - then with the coffee in one hand and my Dremel in the other I mix that cocktail thoroughly.
#3 Finish the coffee then find a suitable sized jar and mix together the 'clear' and the pre-mixed sediment/thinner.
That's it, pre-thinned enamel Matt Cote ready to spray. Same process with Satin & Gloss Cote except I dial-back the thinner/varnish ratio to no more than 40/60. Each time I come to use my varnished, I mix them with the Dremel, not simply shake the jar; like I said, this works fine for me, your results may be different, so practice & experiment first before you go-at-it on your latest pride & joy.