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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Painting, Finishing and Care. => Topic started by: Ted_H on July 15, 2013, 10:17:50 PM

Title: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: Ted_H on July 15, 2013, 10:17:50 PM
Can anyone tell me what the new Humbrol Matt cote is like for picking up fingermarks and dirt etc. I'd normaly paint a hull in satin varnish as its a bit more durable and was wondering what matt cote is like
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: BarryM on July 15, 2013, 10:41:23 PM
It's a very, very, thin liquid that I have used for multiple coats applied to decking. As such, it's fine for that purpose but I suspect that satin varnish would give more protection to a hull against minor knocks and scrapes.
The big problem with it is availability. After using up my first jar, I found it impossible to get another locally and eventually found some nearly 500 miles away and that was the last jar they had!
Barry M
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: raflaunches on July 15, 2013, 10:44:02 PM
Hi Ted H


I have used most of the Humbrol range recently but on my aircraft and Armoured Fighting Vehicles.
The quality of the paints and varnishes available from Humbrol have certainly improved over the last couple of years, the Matt Cote leaves a slight sheen finish to the model which makes removing dust a bit easier but still has the usual problems if you you pick up the model with dirty hands- leaving finger prints. The best thing I use instead, also available from Humbrol, is called "clear". It's based on the old Johnsons Future floor polish that someone discovered that it provided an extremely good finish to acrylic and enamel paint, and prevented clear plastic from fogging when using polystyrene and cyno super glues. When Johnsons changed the recipe it was not as good but Humbrol have filled that gap. It can be brushed or sprayed without leave brush marks and can be built up in layers depending on how glossy you like to see your models.
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: Ted_H on July 15, 2013, 10:52:05 PM
Thanks Nick , so would you suggest a coat or two of clear on the hull and maybe  a matt cote on the uppers ( it is a warship so i don't want it too shiny)
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: Ted_H on July 15, 2013, 11:03:33 PM
It's a very, very, thin liquid that I have used for multiple coats applied to decking. As such, it's fine for that purpose but I suspect that satin varnish would give more protection to a hull against minor knocks and scrapes.
The big problem with it is availability. After using up my first jar, I found it impossible to get another locally and eventually found some nearly 500 miles away and that was the last jar they had!
Barry M
Hi Barry . I find the availability of matt coat etc. is also very scarce, it would appear that the retailer can only buy it from Humbrol in batches of 6 bottles which is a bit of an outlay and a risk for the small independent shop.
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: raflaunches on July 15, 2013, 11:07:41 PM
Thanks Nick , so would you suggest a coat or two of clear on the hull and maybe  a matt cote on the uppers ( it is a warship so i don't want it too shiny)
Thanks Nick , so would you suggest a coat or two of clear on the hull and maybe  a matt cote on the uppers ( it is a warship so i don't want it too shiny)


That sounds about right, just enough to seal the paint but enough to keep a Matt like finish.
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: Ted_H on July 15, 2013, 11:13:41 PM
i think thats what i'll do .. if it dont work i can always flatten it with matt cote
Title: Re: Humbrol Matt Cote
Post by: Ted_H on July 16, 2013, 01:12:21 AM
I just realised that clear is acrylic and I've painted my boat with enamel so that won't work !