Testor's Dullcote, substitutes?

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Bikerdad, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    I've seen a fair amount of mention of Testor's Dullcote, and, given a neurotically cheap streak where hobby paints are concerned, I am interested in knowing exacty why Dullcote is so special, and what potential substitutes for it would be...

    Respectfully, BD
  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I use Floquil Flat Finish...but to spray it on, you'll need an airbrush.
  3. Catt

    Catt Guest

    It's special because it gives a flat finish ready for your weathering.Potential substitutes would be any clear finish that dries flat and is compatible with either the paint you used and/or the material your model is made of.
  4. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Floquil Flat Finish also comes in a spray can but usually you have to special order it. AND It costs about twice as much as Dullcote so maybe that's the reason everybody likes Dullcoat. Dullcoat is a lacqure based product and has a lot of "tooth" to it. The same goes for Floquil Flat Finish.

    There are lots of flat acrylic craft sprays that will work well too. BUT be sure the can has a fine spray nozzle or it will make a mess.

    If you want to brush paint a flat finish with virtually no brush marks try some Polly Scale Flat Finish.

    I've used Krylon Krystal Klear Flat with good results too.
  5. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Thanks guys...

    The "its a laquer based" product is the key, muchos gracias folks.
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you use denatured alcohol to thin any paint for spraying, be sure to let the paint on the model dry thoroughly before using Dull Coat. If there is any alcohol left that has not evaporated out of the finish, it will turn Dull Coat milky.
  7. George D

    George D Member

    I ran into the milky surface problem after painting a boxcar with Dulcote, then giving it a wash of alcohol and black shoe dye. In desperation I hit it with Dulcote again and it cleared it up.
  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The dull coat was probably not completely dry when you hit it with the alcohol. If dull coat comes in contact with alcohol while still the least bit wet, it turns milky.
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    The original question was one of economy. Since Dullcoat is lacquer-based and cost about four times as much as flat lacquer from the Home Depot I would suggest buying that over anything you can find in a hobby shop. I've tried both and can see no difference, except cost.

  10. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Deft Semi-gloss

    Sounds like a plan, flat lacquer from the Borg. Just as an FYI, Deft Semi-gloss (which is my favored lacquer for woodworking, so I have some around) doesn't look right ...

    I sprayed some last night on Otto's Parts (which is actually going to be a bank), and it's too shiny. I was kinda hoping the "semi" would outweigh the "gloss." The sheen is just right (IMHO) for furniture, but not for itsy bitsy N scale buildings. sigh... well, at least it didn't cost me anything to find out, and Otto's has some protection for the moment.
  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    One thing to watch for when you use hardware store substitutes is how thick the finished coat is. A coat that would protect a car body may completely obscure the detail on an HO car.
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Good point. Krylon has a "Matt Finish" that I've used as a fixative on paper. I've been playing with it on some cars and it seems to do OK on N scale stuff.

    Incidentally, if you print something on your color jet printer and don't want it to run if it got wet, try either the "Matt Finish" or "Fixative" from Krylon. They are available in art and craft supply stores.

  13. But there can be times when the reaction between Dull-Cote and alcohol can be put to good use. In the photo below, I deliberately dribbled alcohol on the tank after spraying it a few minutes earlier with Dull-Cote. I wanted the appearance of lime and hard water deposits on a rusty old water tank. This was the initial result:

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  14. And here's the same tank after some additional detailing and weathering with alcohol and Dull-Cote:

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  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  16. George D

    George D Member

    Now, that's some nice weathering! Progress is made through innovation and using one of Dulcote's faults this way is innovative.

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