So I walked into…well fell head first into the Tamiya X21 flat base trap
I’m finishing off a build and had applied a Matt coat after the decals, but noticed a scratch built tarp was still a little glossy. I only wanted to dull down the tarp further. I was happy with the rest of the model so didn’t want to apply further coats using the rattle can as it’s a bit of a scattergun approach.
I’ve previously used x-22 gloss in an airbrush successfully for gloss coat under decals etc, so assumed x-21 flat base would offer the same for a Matt coat.
I have tried it previously in an airbrush, both on its own and with x-22 for a satin finish unsuccessfully. In my ignorance I put this down to poor airbrushing technique. I therefore tried brush applying to the tarp having mixed with x-20A thinner, but unsurprisingly that was somewhat unsuccessful.
I now know that you can’t use x-21 as a Matt varnish, so lesson learned. If however I ever want to represent frost on anything x-21 is my go to!
Fixing it wasn’t an issue. A gloss coat got rid of the frosting, but I’m back to square one re the glossy tarp.
Any suggestions ideally without buying more Matt varnish (although will do if I have to). I have wondered whether I could decant the rattle can some how which is an acrylic Matt varnish. Would this be brushable?