Wanted : a good (and cheap) matt varnish

Posted by dykio on 05 Mar 2020, 22:03

Hi guys,

Does anybody know a good and preferably cheap matt varnish? I used testors but thats quite expensive and very unhealthy,,,,so if you know another one (which i can buy in the Netherlands) then please let me know.

Thanks in advance

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Posted by Michael Robert on 05 Mar 2020, 23:33

Hi Dykio
The cheapest varnish I know and used is commercial varnish for wooden floor, preferably of acrylic-urethane type and water based. With one pot you can probably coat an army of 40000. I just leftovers from a renovation - so really cheap.
1 - gives an extremely tough and longlasting coat
2 - seals really well
3- water based, no smell, easy clean
- even the « satin » type will probably be too shiny for your taste. You need to procure yourself the matting agent and add to your coat. Matting agents are not on regular shopshelves; they are sold to paint and varnish makers.
The 2 best ones are:
- fused silica type, brand name is Aerosil
- washed out shell type silica, brand name Siloid
Hope this helps
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Posted by Beano Boy on 06 Mar 2020, 17:33


Good for brushing on over your work. Cheaper to buy from the high street model shop rather than on E Bay. i posted the range above thinking it might be of help to others too. Humbrol also have review videos on You Tube showing this stuff too. Happy Hobbying! BB
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Posted by Harry Faversham on 11 Mar 2020, 02:30

This is the stuff you need my friend...


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Posted by Fire at Will on 11 Mar 2020, 07:54

Been using Galeria for a number of years now and never had a problem, always matt
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Posted by Photoro Man on 02 Apr 2020, 08:54

Hey Fire,

I´ll try that one!!!!!!!
Only problem I have to figure out is how do I get it in Germany :-(
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Posted by Graeme on 02 Apr 2020, 12:57

Try your local Artists Supplies shop, Winsor & Newton are one of the biggest art supplies companies worldwide.
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Posted by Xantippos on 04 Jul 2020, 15:41

Recently I tried MIG47 Super Matt, and it is quite good (you need to shake it thoroughly). Very matt and stops all stickyness.

Liquitex is quite good, but a lot of times ends up tacky and too satin.
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