Nail Polish Alternatives

Since I’m working to complete a couple model repairs before the show this weekend, I decided to finally graduate from using nail polish to gloss eyes. I knew there were other products out there, so I went to Blab and asked around.

The lovely folks there gave me lots of ideas for inexpensive products that do nice glossing and don’t ruin brushes (yay!) The following were recommended to me:

  • Liquitex gloss varnish
  • Games Workshops clear gloss
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel
  • Deco-Art Triple Thick acrylic gloss
  • Delta Ceramcoat gloss varnish

I headed down to Michael’s to see what they had available. The two that I found were the PermEnamel and the Delta Ceramcoat varnish. They didn’t have PermEnamel in clear, only colors, so I had an easy choice and purchased the Delta Ceramcoat gloss varnish for a reasonable $3.49.

I used it on Lilah’s new and improved eyes and I’m very happy with my purchase. The stuff goes on really easily with the brush of your choice and cleans up nicely too. It’s thin enough to not glob on, and you can always do multiple coats if you want more. My only regret is that I didn’t ditch the nail polish method sooner!

The repaired and updated Lilah, ready to be packed in her personalized bag for the show.

One response to “Nail Polish Alternatives

  1. I use the Liquitex gloss varnish on my little guys (including full coats for the glossy decorators) and I’ve never had a problem with it. I even ended up picking up the matte version, which is a little more glossy than the spray sealer, but works spot-on for touch-ups. :D

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