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I about at that stage where I about ready to start painting and varnishing. I habuilt a billing dragon and what to finish it with a varnished hull painted below the water line. I don’t intend to sail it so it is a static model only. 
Any suggestions please. 

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My experience (not from ship modeling) is that you can apply paint over varnish as long as there have the same type of base.  Water based paint over water based varnish or oil based paint over oil based varnish.  Lightly scuffing the surface with fine sandpaper helps improve adhesion 

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Varnish will likely produce a gloss finish that is out of scale. You may want to hand-rub it to a mat or satin finish instead. Clear ("white") shellac is another option that is easier to apply than varnish, as well, and if wiped on, or applied thinly, won't result in a gloss finish. The same is true of thinned ("wipe on") varathane.

 

 

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