Question about Testor's Dullcote

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    Question about Testor's Dullcote

    I've read that most everybody seals their armor with Testor's (or similar brand) Dull-Cote.

    Is this basically the same as getting Krylon Matte Clear Finish or is there a more specific spray than this to dull out the color/gloss? (is the Testor's best?)

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    PS-- Is this available in spray cans? My closest option without ordering online is Hobbytown USA about a 40 mins. away. Thanks again!

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    Re: Question about Testor's Dullcote

    I use a Model Masters Lacquer over coat semigloss on the chrome before masking and then a lusterless (flat) of the same brand when all the main colors are done. This keeps your chrome nice and shiny but not too shiny. It also seems to help my paint stick better. The flat give that old dull look to the rest of the helmet. I am sure the brand is not important.

    Anyone feel free to just in with and more detail as I am no expert here. :P

    drokkul said:
    I've read that most everybody seals their armor with Testor's (or similar brand) Dull-Cote.

    Is this basically the same as getting Krylon Matte Clear Finish or is there a more specific spray than this to dull out the color/gloss? (is the Testor's best?)

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    PS-- Is this available in spray cans? My closest option without ordering online is Hobbytown USA about a 40 mins. away. Thanks again!
    You can get these in the can, thats what I think most of us here use!

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    Re: Question about Testor's Dullcote

    I think being that you're talking about the armor....Testors Dull coat would be your best bet if you're using a spray can.....plus depending on how you painted your armor, meaning with acrylics or enamel, Testors dull-coat would also be the safest, only because it was specifically made for models and stuff like this...And it protects pretty well too.
    **But as EVAN4218 said if you want to protect the ALL important shine of the silver then just mask (with masking fluid) any silver dents or scratches you want to protect from dulling. (sp)
    hope that helps.

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    Re: Question about Testor's Dullcote

    Spideyfett said:
    **But as EVAN4218 said if you want to protect the ALL important shine of the silver then just mask (with masking fluid) any silver dents or scratches you want to protect from dulling. (sp)
    hope that helps.
    Basically what I want is something to dull down the gloss on the paint I'm going to use on the shoulder bells and knees.

    I will definitely keep in mind to mask off the chrome areas though! I hadn't thought about that Thanks EVAN4218.

    Spideyfett said:
    (with masking fluid)
    I was going to use brush on liquid latex mold builder. Do you think there would be any problems with this stuff? I already have some on hand and was planning to test on a scrap 1st. Thanks Spideyfett!

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    Re: Question about Testor's Dullcote

    drokkul said:
    Basically what I want is something to dull down the gloss on the paint I'm going to use on the shoulder bells and knees.

    I will definitely keep in mind to mask off the chrome areas though! I hadn't thought about that Thanks EVAN4218.



    I was going to use brush on liquid latex mold builder. Do you think there would be any problems with this stuff? I already have some on hand and was planning to test on a scrap 1st. Thanks Spideyfett!
    The Testors Dull-Cote Can Spray would be perfect for dulling any gloss down.

    I would definitely test that liquid latex brand first....as some brands tend to "Stain" the chrome/silver scratches...again defeating the whole purpose of keeping the Shine.

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    Re: Question about Testor's Dullcote

    The testors dull coat in the little can is a really good product and did not wrinkle or discolor any of my paint.

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    Re: Question about Testor's Dullcote

    I agree, Testors Dull-coat is as stated above... very easy to use did not affect the paint in any other way than dull it a touch.

    To answer your question, I was unsure at the start as well... then opted to make sure I found the Testors as many many here have used it ( one less thing to worry about)

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