Miniature sealers are of different types, but two varieties, which are the water-based sealers and the lacquer-based vanishes, have lots of advantages over the solvent-based. We also have finishes for miniature satin, gloss, or sealer-matte.
This article will teach you everything you need to know about the many varieties of tiny sealers and how to apply them properly. Here are some of the greatest brands of sealer and varnish!
What is a “Miniature Varnish or Sealer”?
Miniature sealers adhere to the paint, making it more durable and acting as armor to prevent the paint from being ruined. It’s a type of paint that forms a protective coating over the paint beneath it.
The Benefits of Using a Miniature Sealer
Miniature sealers can help prevent paint from fading in light to some extent. The paint on your figures will not wear off if they are sealed. Instead of falling off, it scrapes the paint beneath it rather than damaging it.
On Painted Miniatures, How Do I Avoid Foggy Spray Sealers?
Foggy sealers are caused by aerosol spray sealers and varnishes, including those that contain volatile solvents in their formulations. Spray sealers should be vigorously shaken before use to allow mixing and prevent silt deposition beneath. They should be shaken every now and then while in use. This will give your model a flawless finish, free of any cloudiness.
A clouded model can be caused by not shaking the sealer well enough or by an issue with the sealer itself. When this happens, apply a second coat of sealant over the clouded one. Allow 24 hours for the initial hazy layer to cure before applying a more dependable sealant. By penetrating the cloudiness, the second layer will lessen it.
How Do I Use a Miniature Sealer?
Before applying any paint, read the labels on each sealer because they are made for different purposes. Some sealers are spray-on, while others require the use of regular brushes. Test any sealer or varnish on another surface before applying it to your model. Spray an aerosol sealer at the proper ambient temperature, i.e., not too cold or too hot. This is required to avoid a hazy finish.
When applying a brush-on sealer during your miniature painting session, it’s best not to overwork the drying sealer. Apply thin applications to the model, and a thin film will form as soon as the sealer dries. This film should not be touched until it has completely dried. Bumps, tears, and a poor quality finish will result from interfering with the film.
Here are some pointers for sealing miniatures in a professional manner.
Avoid Pulling the Sealer
For an even, thin application of sealer on your models, use a steady sweeping motion. Instead of focusing on one location while spraying, move the mist in one direction across the entire space. Sweep back and spray the mist in the other direction to return to your starting point.
Hole the Spray Can At least 6 to 12 Inches Away
Hold the spray can at least 6″ away from your mini and sprinkle it lightly with sealant without going overboard.
Take Your Time When Working on Delicate Models
Avoid overspraying, especially if your miniatures have a lot of little parts. Because the clear coat didn’t have a chance to dry properly, it might easily peel off and leave a hazy appearance.
Allow the Sealer to Cure Completely
A sealed miniature should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before moving it around. Handling a freshly sealed miniature might leave fingerprints in the clear coat and cause the drying process to be disrupted.
Clean Up Sealer Overspray with Isopropyl Alcohol or Acetone
Solvents such as acetone or isopropyl alcohol can be used to remove oversprayed sealers from other surfaces. Avoid getting it on your models because it will remove the paint below. However, use alcohol or acetone to clean your model down to bare plastic, resin, or metal.
With the spray can, use a pulsating motion: Instead of continuously holding the nozzle down, pulse the trigger with the spray can. This will allow you to avoid pooling the sealer while also giving you time to ensure that every area is evenly coated.
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