Varnish .... and blackening?

I was wondering if you could recommend a good non-yellowing range of varnish, both matt and gloss. I am using Humbrol at the moment and it has a very distinct yellow tinge even when in the tinlet. Will be using it in the normal two coats (gloss ready for transfers, matt\satin to seal) so I'm willing to pay a bit more to get the best varnish which will 'grow old gracefully' rather than ruining my models!

Is the Phoenix ready-thinned range any good? Would you consider it good value buying ready thinned?


What experience have people had with chemical blackening products? I am looking at the Carrs range, any good? Is it good enough to brush these on, or is it ideal for the item to be dipped in it? I would want to touch in the pickups on new Farish locos (safe without disassembling?) as well as treating areas prone to chipping before painting brass kits.

Many thanks, Justin Colson

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Justin Colson
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I've always used Ronseal Polyurethane matt and gloss, mix the two to get any semi-gloss to choice(little gloss to lots of matt). If you use it on bare wood the wood gradually yellows but that is a wood change not the varnish.

Gun shops do good blackening agents for steel.


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Ken Parkes

Birchwood Casey products are good. I use their "Brass Black" for pretty much everything really. Various model railway places sell it as well as gun shops. Personally, I don't think much of any of the Carr's blackening fluids - they seem to be either good or bad depending on the phase of the moon. Maybe it's just me, but I don't get on with them!

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Paul Boyd

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