You may hate the dip idea and the results. But message me a better protector and I will drop the 20 dollar a can love hate relationship.
Now. When screwing around being cheap with my miniature purchases, 1/72 plastics, Quickshade will save me. The plastics the 1/72s are made from are soft and the mini flexes. As these minis are painted, the paint is less flexible than the mini. Quickshade doesn't care. It is flexible. Even if the paint were to crack the dip keeps it in place.
Some use a watered down white glue over or under their primer. Then again coating the finished paint job with it. I have tried the white glue. It sort of, kind of works. It is two more additional steps.
Results from dipping
Another terrible picture again. I paint the Moderns differently. The paint is watered down, maybe 50% more than on the plastics. The detail is better. It make layering easy and creates a better effect.
Now that I am in Argentina, my choice of sprays is extremely limited. In the past I always used the hobby matte spray. This time my local choices were brush on artist stuff or paint store spray. I went with the paint store spray. You have to be half the distance closer when using it. Or little hairs start to grow. (The price was the same stateside as here. 10 bucks or so)