The matt varnish is the most important stage of the dipping process. I was a little disappointed that many of the helmets lost their cool shine but these can be easily touched up again. Also I've found that there is sometimes a strange cracking and rippling texture on the dip once matt varnished. This doesn't bother me too much as it looks like fabric. The more you practice the better you get and I always try out new things as I go, after all dipping is a lot more fun I find.