John Van Kooten
I have a very different method
I never use any varnish layers between anything (except with decals). What I do is let the paint CURE before moving on to the next layer / operation.
There's a huge difference between letting paint dry and letting it cure. Curing means you will give the paint time to fully harden (which sometimes takes several days, depending on the used product), so it will take longer to finish the model. But it entirely removes the need for any varnish layers.
So if you want to finish your model somewhat faster, use varnish before moving on to the next major operation (filters is a major operation!).
However, be aware that you would still need to let the varnish layer dry anyway as well. So I decided (a long time ago) on letting the paint sit longer and let it cure, instead of waiting for both the paint and the varnish layer to dry.
It's strictly personal preference of course. I don't like the additional layers of varnish and I don't need them either. Plus, every layer of varnish comes with the risk of ruining your model if it goes bad and starts going cloudy / yellow. I simply avoid all of that by not using it at all
There is one big advantage in using varnish layers though: it allows you to correct / remove the layers you put on top of it (to a certain extent).
On the other hand, the same is pretty much true if the paint has truly cured because at that point it has hardened enough to be able to withstand removal by means of solvents / acrylics. So anything "freshly" painted will get removed while the cured layer stays in place perfectly.
So anyway, just thought I'd give you a heads up on this alternative method, for you consideration
13. August 2015, 10:28