Varnish is a clear, hard, protective finish that is typically used on wood, but can also be used on other materials such as metal or acrylic painting on canvas. Varnish provides a barrier against water, stains, and scratches, and can also enhance the appearance of the underlying material.
Low viscosity fluid. Translucent when wet clear when dry. 100% acrylic polymer varnish. Water soluble when wet. Good chemical and water resistance. Dry to a non-tacky hard flexible surface that is resistant to dirt retention.
Resists discoloring due to humidity heat and ultraviolet light. Depending upon substrate allows moisture to pass through. Not for use over oil paint. Protects acrylic color from harsh elements. Hard archival non-yellowing and water resistant when dry.
Writing reviews because of the #sweepstakes prod. I use Liquitex Ultra Heavy Gloss Medium & their Gloss Varnish for doing hydroabrasion (also called water abrasion & a number of other terms) on porcelain and bone china before they are fired.
Instead of shellac, wax, or modge podge which almost all ruin your brushes, or aren’t heavy duty enough, or don’t fire out well enough in the kiln, both the Liquitex products you can use your best brushes which help you create the best designs, by painting the varnish or medium on the dry clay surface, sometimes layering more varnish/medium to get more raised areas after you use a damp sponge to wipe away the clay in between the varnished areas, which leaves the protected areas dry and raised in relief.
Most products just have so many drawback and the Liquitex products have zero drawbacks for this process, which when used with a clay that will fire translucent leaves beautiful designs that can be highlighted with various ceramic colorants or left completely white and translucent, polished with diamond pads.
It is a water based product so it comes off my brushes easily and I can keep my best brushes in good shape. I add a little vegetable dye to it usually so I can see my designs better and how thick I have made them, but that burns out in the firing, and this product cleanly burns out in the kiln with no increase in fumes like with shellac, And unlike some of the other products used for this technique, it burns out without a trace, not leaving grungy bits that have to be cleaned off or even dremeled off.
It also really doesn’t smell like the shellac does. I have tried shellac, various kinds of wax-ceramic and non-ceramic, and modge podge, which was supposed to be the savior for this technique but it turns out Liquitex mediums and varnishes actually are! No cons whatsoever for this product for my technique.
I do acrylic pour painting and got this as part of an experiment to try out the 4 main finishes: matte, satin, gloss, high gloss. I mostly use gloss because I love how it looks. My application process is to mix with about 40% water and apply with a folder rag.
I do 4-8 thin coats, rotating 90 degrees and waiting about 2 hours between coats. After several coats I realized that I was getting streaks/swirls left in the finish, something I didn’t get from any other finish.
I tried to correct by gently swiping the last 2 layers, but you can see the results: more streaks. I’m going to try other application techniques since I still have nearly a full bottle of this, but I’m glad this was on a piece I knew was for this experiment.
The other Liquitex varnish finishes went on easily and look great, so it’s only the matte that I can’t recommend.
I don’t know what I’d do without this stuff when thinning acrylic ink. Too much water, and the ink puddles and bleeds. But with the medium, no problem. The ink can be thinned indefinitely and the effects of oil painting glaze can be achieved.
Additionally, the satin medium well matches the semi-gloss of the ink. It can itself be thinned considerably with water to lay flat and not get that thick, plastic look. Luminous effects are within reach.
Varnishes are final coatings which protect finished pictures from the build-up of dirt and grease. Thinly painted acrylic films may be varnished after 24 hours of drying time, but up to a week of drying time should be allowed for heavy or impasto layers before varnishing.
Varnishes may be intermixed for a variety of finishes. All Galeria varnishes are uniquely removable with Acrylic Varnish Remover, allowing the painting to be cleaned and re-varnished in the future. Varnishes are available in three different formulations: Gloss, Satin and Matt.
Better and much cheaper than equivalent hobby products, like Tamiya for example. It does what it is supposed to do, extends drying time by about 20-30%. This is enough time to allow the paint to conform to complex shapes, such as the nooks and crannies found in aircraft models.
You don’t need a lot, 2 to 3 drops on an airbrush tin cup is all you need. Mix in well with your thinner of preference. I’ve found that it mixes well with water and rubbing alcohol. I spilled by accident my bottle of Tamiya retarder, didn’t want to pay 8-10 dollars for a 40ml bottle again, that’s less than 1.
3 Oz. So I found this, glad I did, never going to pay those inflated prices again.
Returning for a larger bottle of matte medium. It’s perfect not too runny, but not too thick for collage and journal work. Would also mix well with paints. I like the texture and it’s a good price, better if it were on sale.
Not everyone Carrie’s it though. Also like the bottle flat top so can store upside down.
This is a very good product, when is used with a sponge brush. From my experience, all varnishing products should be applied with sponge tools, as the brushes will leave marks. However, this matte varnish comes out better than the glossy or the satin ones, even when is applied with a normal brush.
Liquitex is the first acrylic colour in history made for artists. Since it was launched 1955, Liquitex Acrylic Colour has been constantly developed and improved. Today it is the most widely used acrylic colour.
Liquitex offers a wide choice of colours and also many interesting mediums and additives for acrylics. The professional products include artistscolours in Soft, Heavy and Super heavy Body and Ink. Liquitex Basic is our range with studio colours in acrylics.
There are many misconceptions about whether or not it is necessary to varnish an acrylic painting. As a general rule, you should always varnish your acrylic work when possible. Varnishes are applied over dry paint films and have several purposes.
The first and most important function is to protect the painting surface from the environment and protect the pigments from ultraviolet light. Secondly, varnishes can be used to change or unify a painting’s surface sheen.
Liquitex varnishes come in several different sheens, which can all be intermixed for a customized sheen. Liquitex varnishes are either permanent or removable and can be applied to both flexible and rigid supports.
Liquitex Satin Varnish is my go-to for the optimal appearance and protection of my completed paintings. My clients take comfort in the fact that the pigment of their purchased works will be protected from harmful, color-fading UV rays.
The final sheen doesn’t bounce too much light as gloss finishes do. My favorite thing about this Satin varnish is that after application, the colors of my paintings become more vibrant. Though the application technique will take some practice, there are a host of online tutorials to utilize.
Use soft, wide brushes, several light applications, and don’t overwork it! Thought the manufacturer doesn’t suggest this, I have had success thinning this product: 9 parts product, 1 part water.
I usually use liquitex gloss or high gloss varnish. I wanted to have a less shiny finish for a couple of new pieces, so I tried this satin varnish. I usually dilute my varnish with 25% water but this time tried to follow the bottle instructions and applied the varnish undiluted.
It resulted in a streaky finish. I was able to apply a third coat using a 25% filtered water diluted mixture that resolved some of the streaking. I think in the future, the water mixture would be the necessary fix for entering proper working time for larger pieces.
Other than that, I love liquitex products and will continue to use these.
Protect your finished artwork from dirt, dust and damage. This is a UV resistant artists’ gloss varnish that is conveniently removable with Artists’ White Spirit Solvent or English Distilled Turpentine, allowing you to revisit paintings after a period of time if desired.
Do not apply until your oil painting is completely dry, approximately six to 12 months. Not for use as a medium.
I have tried the satin and gloss versions of this varnish again and again due to certain advantages over traditional dammar varnishes (non-yellowing, easier to remove, etc). In some cases, the satin varnish specifically did apply nicely to some paintings.
In general though, the satin and gloss both have a very bad consistency that makes them streaky and form ugly puddles and splotches on paintings. The satin gives some paintings a grayish look, which is expected from the matting agent but definitely not ideal.
The gloss on the other hand is pretty severe – unlike the nice glow of a dammar varnish, it’s harsh and somehow still has a slightly grayish look to it. Neither formulation is good. I have tried again and again to get this varnish to go on nicely and am finally giving up.
This is despite having a very decent, soft synthetic brush that should be ideal for applying an even varnish layer. I think a dammar varnish is still superior to synthetic varnish, despite the known issues with it.
I’ve never had any issues applying it, and never needed to remove a layer to try to varnish a painting again. I strongly recommend trying a dammar varnish first and only switching to a synthetic if you really need a lower-gloss matt/satin finish, which I do still find preferable on some paintings.
I have been a watercolor painter for 35 years. I have tried many different brands of masking fluids. This is my absolute favorite for several reasons. It keeps the areas of paper white that I want to stay white.
Some tinted masking fluids say they won’t stain the paper, but in my experience that is just not true. Winsor & Newton Colorless Masking fluid is just that. colorless. I don’t have a problem with the transparency at all.
It leaves a slight sheen even when dry that allows you to see where you have applied the fluid. And, it is easily removable, if you do not leave your painting in the sun, or leave the fluid on the paper for too long.
If you do those two things, it can be more difficult to get it off the paper. My only problems with the fluid is that it clumps in the lid and the lid can be difficult to remove. And, as it ages, it sometimes becomes stringy in the jar.
A friend told me to keep it upside down out of the light when not in use, and this helps keep it fresh. Now, if someone would just come up with a mechanism that would apply it in a seamlessly thin line, I would be ecstatic.
Otherwise, for me, this is the best product in the masking fluid line.
I am a recent convert to water miscible oils. It did not occur to me that the mediums would also have a slightly different composition. Once I switched to water miscible mediums and linseed oil everything began to work properly.
It is so nice not to have a headache when I paint! There is a lack of information regarding amounts/percentages/ratios- that sort of thing- however the water miscibles are forgiving so play around until you find the amounts that work best for you.
This company does not carry all the mediums for miscibles ((HINT HINT)) so I purchased many of them elsewhere. The point is- if you use water miscible oils, use water miscible mediums/oils. Purists will say that you must use the same company- so if you only have Daniel paints then only use Daniel mediums.
I have not found this to be true- at least not yet. A word of caution- if you have a nut allergy make sure to read the labels. Lots of walnut oil in some- not all – of the water miscible products.
Golden Archival Varnish spray provides a non-yellowing finish on all media including paintings, drawings, ink-jet prints, and more. The 100 percent acrylic polymer in mineral spirit vehicle goes on clear and stays clear, with a fan spray tip for precise application.
UV light stabilizers inhibit light damage. Permanent, with excellent dust and moisture resistance- but can be removed for conservation purposes. 10 ounce spray can, Matte finish.
I use the Semi-Gloss and Satin on all of my Acrylic Painted Wood Cutouts, (Yard Art, Door and Window Hangers, Wreath Accessories) mostly for outside use. I get a beautiful finish every time. Outlining and accenting my projects, I use a water base black pen that has to be sealed to stay where I put it.
This Golden Archival Spray Varnish is the ONLY one that keeps that ink where I put it. No running, no smudging! I will forever keep using all of these spray varnishes.
I use this product to seal my gouache, watercolor, and acrylic paintings. It does an awesome job keeping everything in place and I love that it offers UV protection. Really great varnish. It does have a very strong odor that permeated my entire house, even though I sprayed the piece outside – but that’s just the price you have to pay to preserve your work so well.
I’m, overall, very happy with this varnish. #sweepstakes.
Gamblin Gamvar is a varnish used to provide a protective surface on top of a finished oil painting. It saturates and gives greater depth to colours gives a unified shine to the surface. Gamblin Gamvar is available in Gloss, Satin or Matte depending on the desired finish.
It is water clear and stays water clear throughout the life of the painting. Formulated with resin and a mild solvent (Gamsol Odourless Mineral Spirits) it is virtually odourless. Oil paintings can be safely varnished after the paint is touch dry (test by gently pushing a clean fingernail into a heavily painted area.
If it is firm you are ready to varnish). There is no need to wait 6-12 months before varnishing with Gamblin Gamvar. Apply Gamblin Gamvar as thinly as possible. Use a wide varnish brush in a vigorous brush action to ensure a thin even layer.
Any excess can be patted off using a paper towel prior to applying to your painting. Gamblin Gamvar is easily removable with Gamsol, posing very little risk to paint layers below. To remove take two cotton cloths, one dry, the other soaked in Gamblin Gamsol.
Rub in circular motion on the painting the wet cloth then repeat with the dry one.
I varnish my oil pastel paintings after I seal them with a LOT of Sennelier sealant coats. Color doesn’t rub off once I’ve properly sealed w that spray. Prior to this, I used Lascaux to varnish and all was well.
I didn’t have time to wait for shipment of that brand though & it’s not carried in Blick stores, so I went with what I hoped would be a next best choice. As others have said, it’s been very uneven, I’m getting NO gloss, and it’s taking days to dry.
In addition, it seems to not play well w the Sennelier sealant and color can rub off now. That sealant is the ONLY sealant for oil pastels, so I don’t think I’ll be able to use Gamvar. Lascaux is far superior for my purposes.
I tried over and over again to get Gamblin’s satin varnish down evenly with no brush marks and no weird inconsistencies in the surface but it was impossible. I followed the directions exactly, speaking to Gamblin’s tech help several times and was still not able to get it down evenly.
I even used Gambin’s special varnish brush. This product is inherently flawed. The wax matting agent is just not dispersed evenly enough in the solution to provide an even finish. I much prefer work to have a natural finish, then look like something was applied overtop that’s not even.
I was extremely dissapointed, because after removal a few times, the surface of my painting was damaged! Gamblin’s gloss is WAY better, but too glossy for my needs.
I’ve been oil painting for over 60 years and this is one of the best products to come along in all that time. Anyone that says otherwise is simply applying it wrong. This doesn’t go on like you’re applying polyurethane to an old dresser.
An 8oz bottle should be enough to apply one coat to the Sistine Chapel, it goes on that thin. Get a tiny amount on the tip of your brush and scrub it onto the canvas, stretch it as far as it’ll go. This product is superb, cleanup is a snap and if you ever want to remove it use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits.
It’ll remove the Gamvar and leave the cured oil paint in place unscathed.
Liquitex Spray Varnish is manufactured with new low odor, waterbased technology. It can be used on multiple surfaces, and is permanent (non-removable). This durable varnish also contains UV protection, and is non-yellowing.
Use with sprays, heavy or soft body acrylics, and oil paint. Sold in a 400ml (12 oz. ) can, and available in a gloss, matte, or satin finish.
I have used many spray varnishes and this is the absolute worst. My review is only for the glossy, since that is all I use. I made the mistake of buying 4 bottles since I love Liquitex paint. Not a single bottle was consistent.
It took FOREVER to dry (2-3 weeks to not be sticky). When it stops straying, you can still tell there is roughly 1/4-1/3 of a can left but you will just have to toss it because it will not come out. The Finished product looks like glossy plastic (like black lacquer furniture glossy).
It made the paintings look cheap. While I love glossy, I don’t want it to look like a sheet of plastic wrap is on it. I like a nice shine to show texture and pop color. Other companies’ product have this affect.
I was still able to sell my art with this trash on them but I did it at a lower rate. Former clients even commented on the difference in quality but still wanted the paintings. I paint and then varnish is large qualities so I didn’t see these horrible results until roughly 15-20 paintings were finished.
Do NOT waste your money! Their paints are good, but their gloss varnish is Trash.
I ruined my first two paintings because I did not read all the instructions. It’s important to turn the can upside down and spray to get all the gunk out of the nozzle. That’s where the sputtering and drops come from.
Once I did that I had no issues. I will admit the gloss is not as glossy as using a liquid varnish but no brush marks is worth a little less gloss. My favorite is the Satin finish that I use on my fluid art.
I will use the spray from now on. Also it has a nice wide spray for my 20×20 and larger paintings. Thumbs up to this product. The image I have shown was done in the matte spray.
I really like this so far. I was very excited to try a water-based, less toxic and less stinky spray varnish and it delivers. There is a little smell as it cures, but it’s mild and fades away as it dries.
The final coat is invisible and even if you don’t get a perfectly even spray, it doesn’t show after it dries. Keep in mind that my work is fairly rough and not super precise, so if you’re doing something very delicate, you may want to double check that and experiment a little.
This review is for the MATTE finish. I plan to try gloss and satin (when that one becomes available-these are definitely out of stock a lot ).
It’s not an iridescent glaze; it’s a pearlescent paint. Labeled as “Iridescent” but the info under states that it’s “pearlescent. ” I wouldn’t recommend this as it’s titled because it’s not an iridescent glee, it’s a – and it states — a pearlescent.
It appears to be paint as opposed to a glaze as well.
Vallejo Gloss Varnish 17 ml Waterbased acrylic varnish with new, quick drying formula, and an acrylic resin of extraordinary hardness and permanence. Protects painted models from dust and scratches, dirt and humidity.
Acrylic Varnish should never be applied until the paint has dried completely (see note), and it is recommended to wait at least 24 hours. Varnish should be applied in fine coats at approximately 5-10 minutes intervals.
You might want to do your own experimenting, but I can say that this stuff definitely cracks. I made sure to let the colored paint dry thoroughly before using the crackle paint, and I also made sure not to disturb the crackle paint much as soon as I painted it on.
The crackle paint was a bit of a thicker layer that I slapped on and didn’t spread around too much. The directions are a little confusing. It says “brush over basecoat of acrylic color. Once dry, cracks will appear.
They will be more visible under second coat of contrasting color. Use varnish to protect coating. ” To be clear, this stuff cracks the layer that it is painted ON, as in, the “basecoat” is the layer that gets cracked.
I don’t understand the wording of the instructions saying the cracks will be more visible UNDER a second coat – it seems it would just fill in the cracks a bit if it was under a second coat. I dunno.
I attached some photos to show you my experience. I had gray primer, then I painted a layer of black, and then painted on the crackle stuff. Then I painted a wash of red. I think I was supposed to paint red, then paint black on top, and then the crackle on top.
I’m no expert though. But like I said, it gives you cracks. No peeling unfortunately, but definitely crackle.
This is sold as a matte varnish but is far from matte. This is more of a satin finish than a matte one. It leaves way too much of a sheen. Not recommended for modellers who require a good completely flat matte finish.
People have said in forums that it just needs a good shaking but I used an electric drill and a reciprocating saw to mechanically shake my paint. It is still a satin or semi-gloss finish.
The Matte varnish from Vallejo is my favorite non-spray varnish. I live in an area that isn’t warm enough to use spray varnish outside year-round, and I don’t want to do that in the house. This has become a life-saver.
I’ve purchased a couple bottles. Even though it’s matt, the finished product is just a little glossy. My only issue is that sometimes the result is really glossy instead of matt. I’m not sure if I’m not shaking the bottle enough or too much.
Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Varnish Mediums protect the painting surface from the environment and protect the pigments from ultraviolet light.
Additionally, varnishes can be used to change or unify a paintings surface sheen. Liquitex varnishes come in several different sheens which can all be intermixed for a customized sheen. Liquitex Archival Permanent Varnish Finishing Medium is a low-odor, permanent and durable medium with water-based technology, translucent when wet, clear when dry.
Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity heat and ultraviolet light. Can be used with Spray Paint, Heavy Body, Soft Body. Dries to a non-tacky, hard, flexible surface that is resistant to dirt retention.
Hard, archival, non-yellowing and water-resistant when dry. Protects acrylic color from harsh elements. For interior and exterior use. APPLICATION: Apply as a final varnish over dry acrylic paint. Varnish surface and environment must be clean, dry and dust free.
Acrylic paintings must be completely dried and cured for 48-72 hours before varnishing. Application may be done by brush or spray. Generally a sprayed application will be thinner, smoother and more even.
Rolling or sponging application is not recommended. Caution: Acrylic paints and mediums become increasingly brittle in cold weather. Do not apply below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.
Vallejo Matt Varnish 17 ml Waterbased acrylic varnish with new, quick drying formula, and an acrylic resin of extraordinary hardness and permanence. Protects painted models from dust and scratches, dirt and humidity.
Acrylic Varnish should never be applied until the paint has dried completely (see note), and it is recommended to wait at least 24 hours. Varnish should be applied in fine coats at approximately 5-10 minutes intervals.
Not fond of this. Either I received a bad product or overall it pretty much sucks to use. This came out almost as thinner than most acrylic paint so putting it on something was difficult. It took quite some time to dry because of this so forming it was a pain, and once it began to thicken it did so quite quickly.
The second issue I had was cleaning and sanding. It did not work well here either. When it was dry (24-48 hours) It was not hard at all. It sanded off powdery and lacked any real cohesion. It reminds me of opening a bag of cement that was exposed to too much humidity and hardened together but comes apart with a little sanding and work.
However for what I have used it for, it has ended up working in the end. It paints fairly well, and is easy covered with a clear coat or varnish. Because the end use I give it 3 stars otherwise it would be only 1.
This putty works great IF you understand what you’re getting and how you’ll use it. First off, this putty DOES NOT dry rock hard as the description and bottle says it does. As others have said, it dries to a “rubbery” consistency and isn’t really sandable.
It is water soluble so you can remove excess putty with water. Knowing those two things, I use this putty for filling small gaps or fixing deep out of scale panel lines. Here’s how I use this putty. I take a toothpick and cut one of the sharp ends off.
I then take a pair of pliers and compress the end to make it flat, like a small trowel. I put a small amount of the Vallejo putty on the flat end of the toothpick and work it into the gap, adding more putty as needed.
I wait about 10 – 15 minutes and wipe away the excess with a damp cotton swab, leaving the putty in the gap. The goal isn’t to build up a large amount then sand it down but to get the putty into the gap where it can harden.
To test the line, I airbrush a layer of black primer over the gap. If more filling is needed, I repeat the process. So far, I’ve been able to get pretty decent results.
Protects your acrylic artwork from airborne pollutants, UV damage and fading. Dries to an even gloss finish, and can be mixed with Artists’ Acrylic Matt varnish to vary the final finish. Can be removed with Artists’ Acrylic Varnish Remover.
237ml pot Winsor & Newton has always been core to the world of art materials. They proudly maintain the pledge of manufacturing “The World’s Finest Artist’s Materials”. This is as true now as it was when the company was founded in 1832, and they take their relationship with the artist very seriously.
Winsor & Newton have built their reputation on the quality and reliability of their products, combined with continual product development, improvement and innovation. However, while keeping true to the principles laid down by William Winsor and Henry Newton in the 1800’s they actively embrace new ideas, new technologies, and search the world for the best raw materials available.
I have wondered that thinning paints with (distilled) water would help with detail, and they do–with consequences. The paint just simply puddles up and the color clarity, and shift just obscures the purpose of painting–a good way to waste money.
I tested these with Golden HB paints, and just 1 drop (i use this pure, unmixed, since acrylic to begin is already partially water) in two thin dollops of paint, the paint feels like thick watercolor.
Of course, it tacks shortly after, if you wanted to add some slow dry medium, may just increase transparency a bit. I have yet to test with WN paints but I’d imagine it’d be even more fluid. Reminds me of the Golden high flow/fluid colors.
This is absolutely amazing and fortunately WN excels greatly in making quality artists acrylics. Thanks again, WN.
I bought this product to experiment with adding texture to my paintings. Very good product and works great. Am having a blast playing with it. When I received my shipment one of the products was damaged and the container broke during shipment.
Contacted Blick and they immediately sent me replacement product. Customer service excellent. I will continue to use Blick for all my art supply needs. Thank you.
I bought this for my Taurus G3C and it fits PERFECTLY! One gripe is that these are aluminum and painted black which are prone to scratches! I remedied this by removing the paint with sandpaper and it now looks fantastic! Makershot should actually produce these without painting them in my opinion! Pick one up if you want to accessories your “piece”!.
Liquitex Soluvar Gloss Spray Varnish comes in 10. 4 oz can and provides durable, archival protection to both oil and acrylic paints. It is a self levelling, non yellowing varnish which clears even in wet condition.
Varnish does not crack or craze when there is a change in humidity or temperature and it contains UV light stabilizers.
This soft body, all purpose medium can be mixed into any acrylic paint. It enhances the depth and intensity of color, increases transparency and gloss, eases the flow of paint, and adds flexibility and adhesion.
It can also be used as a varnish to protect paintings and establish a glossy surface. Translucent when wet, Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish dries to a transparent, non-tacky, flexible surface. Extremely durable, it won’t retain dirt and won’t crack from temperature and humidity changes.
Enhances the depth and intensity of color, increases transparency and gloss. Eases the flow of paint, and adds flexibility and adhesion. Soft body, all purpose medium can be mixed into any acrylic paint.
Can also be used as a varnish to protect paintings and establish a glossy surface. Translucent when wet, dries to a transparent, non-tacky, flexible surface. Extremely durable, won’t retain dirt and won’t crack from temperature and humidity changes.
These Acrylic Gloss and Matte Mediums are perfect for projects as an additive or sealant. Both mediums dry to a permanent, water-proof, protective finish and are acid free. They can be used as a translucent glaze when spread thin or can be mixed with acrylic paint to create various effects.
The Gloss Medium will increase gloss level and the Matte Medium will remove glare when added to paint. Available in opaque plastic one gallon bottles.
I bought this to use as a varnish for acrylic paintings and it works perfectly. When you first put it on, it turns this vibrant glowing white color, almost blue, but it dries completely clear. The people with reviews saying it dries white and leaves a film, I think they must’ve not shaken the bottle before use or honestly just gotten bad bottles.
It should be thick liquid consistency, it has an rainbow aura tint to it (like angel aura quartz) and is white. No chunky or dry anything should be in it. I was on a budget hence why I bought this as a varnish, but it works perfectly!!.
I usually purchase more expensive mediums but needed to add something to my order to get free shipping. I figured that for the price it was worth trying. I works better as an additive than a top coat, but it can be used either way.
It is about half the price and a larger amount than the product I usually use. Don’t know if I’ll get it again unless I need to add to an order. I use it more as an additive medium than a gloss coat.
Grumbacher Matte Picture Varnish is a final varnish and protective coating for dry oil and acrylic paintings that produces a uniform glossy finish for oil and acrylic paintings. It is processed with acrylic resin and protects from atmospheric impurities.
Protects oil and acrylic paintings from dirt moisture and scuffing. Non-yellowing flexible and quick-drying. It is crystal clear when applied. This spray varnish should be applied to finished works that have dried for at least 6 months for oil paintings and 5 days for acrylics.
Test spray nozzle before applying to work. Spray in slow even strokes left to right. Let dry before turning work 90 degrees before re-applying. Can be easily removed with Grumbacher Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine Grumtine or Odorless Paint Thinner.
Not for use in oil painting medium preparation. Made in USA.
I used Grumbacher Gloss Damar spray varnish in restoring an old oil painting. For some reason, the paint was not holding to its base coat and I had to figure out how to stabilize this predicament. I notice when touching up small spots where paint had fallen off the canvas, the paint brush would start to lift the adjacent paint.
I thought a remedy to this problem would be to bind the whole painted surface together with damar varnish. I knew if I tried brushing it on with a brush that it would simply cause more damage, so, I thought spraying it on would be wiser.
I think it worked. The directions on the can says to spray on the painting in a vertical position. I would be concerned about the spray running down the painting in this position. I used a more horizontal position slightly lifted at one edge.
The spray coming out of the can was strong and should be moved swiftly without causing a build-up. I used a second coat after a couple hours dry-time even though the can says the varnish dries after five minutes.
Great Product. I had 6 large paintings (2X3 feet each) that I needed put a varnish on and so I ordered 6 cans of the Grumbacher gloss finish. It did an excellent job but found that you need to spray with the paintings flat and not on an easel because it will run easily.
Did not have any issues with blotching. All cans were smooth spraying. One can was enough to put two good coats on each painting. I recommend this product.
What I like about it is that you can spray it evenly very easily and it seems to dry relatively fast if you do it outside or in an well ventilated area. What I dislike about it, tremendously, is the smell.
Horrible. I have a good mask but even after I was done with spraying it, the smell lingers for a while, despite the fact that I varnished my painting outside. I did not sprayed accidentally on my clothes or anything and I was very careful with the direction of the wind.
Anyway, the visual quality is good and, overall, okay. Again, it’s the smell that is bothering me so much. After applying one coat, I would say that the gloss is decent and doesn’t stand out in a very obvious way.
I haven’t yet tried to apply multiple coats. I am thinking of purchasing another varnish because I don’t think I want to inhale any molecules this one has been made of.
Liquitex 118ml – Professional Gloss Medium All purpose Liquitex medium, formulated to be mixed into all Liquitex acrylic paints and mediums. Mix into any acrylic paint to enhance the depth of colour intensity, increase transparency, gloss, ease flow of paint and add flexibility and adhesion of paint film.
Use as a non-removable varnish to protect painting and establish gloss sheen surface. Translucent when wet, transparent (clear) when dry. Dries to a non-tacky, hard, flexible surface that is resistant to dirt retention.
Depending upon substrate, allows moisture to pass through (breathable). Will not crack as surface expands and contracts during temperature and humidity changes. Applicable for any surface (flexible and inflexible) including canvas, paper, wood, Plexiglas, etc.
This fluid, low viscosity varnish produces a satin finish without yellowing or fogging. It dries to a hard, non-tacky, flexible surface that is dirt- and water-resistant. This archival varnish will not crack as surfaces expand and contract during temperature and humidity changes.
Use Blick’s Matte Acrylic Varnishes over Blick Matte Acrylic Paint, or any other craft acrylic paints. They provide a tough, non-yellowing protective coat. – Blick Matte Acrylic Varnish – Matte, 8 oz bottle.
I’ve used other acrylic extenders to extend use and drying time. I should’ve known this would do the same, but the description on the bottle stated it increased flow for linework (what I was looking for) and did not mention extending drying time.
If you are looking for extended drying time, this is the product for you. I finished up my painting 18 hours ago and it’s still tacky, whereas matte paints straight out of the bottle dried in less than 30 minutes.
Great product, I just wish this was noted on the bottle.
Very good price. I will be getting this one versus liquitex and duraclear. Listen, none of these is going to be flat matte. You gotta get a completely different kind of finish for that effect. If you water down this version and stipple it on, it cuts the gloss down significantly but it will never be flat.
Mr. Superclear is best for no shine- completely flat matte finishes.
I am a painter and a mixed media artist. I was schooled on Matte varnish only for as long as I can remember. I decided recently to give Gloss varnish a try. After trying a few different products unhappily a Blick associate prompted me to try the gloss.
I did and was pleasantly surprised by how my color came alive with vibrancy. I first spray my piece with a fixative (2 coats). The only water I use when varnishing is in my brush. Another 2 coats, drying in between.
There is a stickiness that leave when the piece is thoroughly cured.
Final gloss for acrylic paintings Protective coating for paintings Provides an even, brilliant gloss surface Grumbacher Hyplar Varnish is a final gloss, resin-based varnish and protective coating for acrylic paintings.
Imparts an even gloss surface. Protects paintings from dirt, moisture and scuffing. Provides brilliance with gloss. Non-yellowing. Flexible. Transparent, quick-drying and permanent. Removable with paint thinner or other mild solvents.
Contains no fluorocarbons. Use only after acrylic painting has dried 3 to 5 days. Use in a well ventilated area. Made in USA.
I purchased this matte varnish for use under gloss varnish to prevent the gloss varnish from smudging the underlying paint. Despite several application/coating and complete dry/curing for over a week, the underlying acrylic paint still bleeded through the matte varnish.
So, not the right product for my purpose. May not be the product’s fault. It dries matte but has a strong solvent smell that fills my studio for days.
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