Smooth Conclusion

Humbrol gloss varnish can be buffed to a high shine. The radome of this 1/48 Zoukei Mura F.4 Phantom II was initially wet-sanded with 2,400-grade abrasive cloths, after which it was polished with 12,000-grade cloths.
Sanding the model’s gloss-varnished surface with a series of increasingly fine-grade abrasive cloths will yield a smooth surface that is ideal for decal application. However, care must be taken not to rub through the varnish.
Though modern decals tend to be thinly printed, ridges will inevitably form around them when they are over-varnished. The only way to remove these, and give the markings a painted-on appearance, is to wet-sand the area flat.

A professional and hardwearing finish is best achieved by varnishing a model once it has been painted and the decals applied. Such a coating will enhance the colours – making them appear more vibrant – and provide a uniform sheen where differing paint types have been used. Enamel varnishes provide a hard surface that can be further sanded and polished to a highshine if required, and it’s the latter characteristic that makes Humbrol gloss varnish ideal for effecting a smooth, highgloss finish upon which to add decals and to complete a build.

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