Global virus, maybe, but that is not what this post is about. Last year Rustoleum, Testor's parent company, announced it was getting out of the model paint business. This was alarming to me since I used Testor's Dullcote as my go-to matt finish. I especially liked applying it with my airbrush diluted with lacquer thinner as you can precisely control the application. I tried various other makers of acrylic matt finishes, but none were as flat as Testors Dullcote. So, I went around and did what every good crisis-induced panic-stricken person would do, I stocked up on toilet paper.... no wait wrong crisis, I stocked up on Testor's dullcote.
Then, one of my friends, Mark Franke, suggested I try Winsor Newton Galeria Matt Varnish. He said the armor modeling community swears by it. I was skeptical as I tried Vallejo and a few other acrylic matt varnishes and was never happy with the flat finish. Undeterred, he went and bought me a bottle to try. It sat around for a few weeks, before I decided to give it a try.
Holy cow, he and they were right. This is the best flat finish I have tried. Plus, it is water soluble so you can thin with water. So I airbrush with 50-50 water dilution. Plus, it is not as toxic as Testor's Dullcote since no lacquer thinner is needed.
So no worries. My supply of Testor's Dullcote will be set aside.
Now, to hunker down in my man cave and build models while this global pandemic blows over. Stay safe everybody.