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Liquitex Acrylic Varnishes

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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.


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The workhorse of the Liquitex mediums range. Gloss Medium & Varnish in an all-purpose medium that performs two functions. It can be used as a varnish and/or a fluid gloss medium. It improves adhesion of paint film and increases color depth, intensity, and gloss. It can also be used as a non-removable varnish to protect the surface and establish an even gloss sheen.

Attributes

  • Soft Body.
  • All purpose medium, formulated to be mixed into all Liquitex acrylic paints and mediums.
  • Mix into any acrylic paint to enhance the depth of color 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.
  • 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 retention of dirt.
  • Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • 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) suitable for acrylic paint and mediums, such as canvas, paper, wood, Plexiglas, etc.
  • Not for use over oil paint.

Application

APPLICATION AS A MEDIUM

As An Extender:

  • Mix with Soft Body Concentrated Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while maintaining paint viscosity.
  • Mix with Heavy Body Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while decreasing paint viscosity.

As A Fixative:

  • Use as a fixative over artwork (acrylic paint, pastel, graphite, chalk) to increase gloss or shine. Mix 1 part Gloss Medium & Varnish to 1 part distilled water. Apply with atomizer or airbrush.

As a Binder / Adhesive:

  • Powdered pigments or aggregates may be mixed into Gloss Medium & Varnish, however they must be compatible with acrylics.
  • Collage material may be glued using Gloss Medium & Varnish as a liquid glue.

As A Ground:

  • Use as transparent ground for acrylic paint instead of gesso. Allows substrate to be seen. To prevent Substrate Induced Discoloration, wash cotton or linen canvas before use.

With Powdered Pigments:

  • Use as a binder with powdered pigments to make an inexpensive student grade Soft Body gloss paint.

APPLICATION AS A VARNISH

  • Gloss Varnish for flexible surfaces is recommended as the best varnish for acrylic paintings.
  • Apply Gloss Medium and Varnish as a final permanent 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.
  • Dilute Gloss Medium and Varnish up to 20% for better brushing and leveling.
  • 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.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.
  6. When applying Liquitex Permanent Matte Varnish or Satin Permanent Varnish, apply no more than 1-2 thin coats. A thick application may result in cloudiness when dry. If more than 2 coats are desired, first varnish with Gloss Medium & Varnish until desired thickness is achieved, then final varnish with matte or satin varnish.

Spray Application

  • Refer to Techniques and search on "Airbrushing" for more detailed information.
  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
  1. Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  2. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  3. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  4. During spray application, maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.

Varnish Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • You may thin Gloss Medium & Varnish with water up to 25% for better flow, leveling and for spray applications.
  • Thin with small amount of Flow-AidTM/water to reduce brush marks or spray apply. Refer to Liquitex Paint Additives: Flow-Aid Flow Enhancer.

Varnish Removal

  • Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.
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The workhorse of the Liquitex mediums range. Gloss Medium & Varnish in an all-purpose medium that performs two functions. It can be used as a varnish and/or a fluid gloss medium. It improves adhesion of paint film and increases color depth, intensity, and gloss. It can also be used as a non-removable varnish to protect the surface and establish an even gloss sheen.

Attributes

  • Soft Body.
  • All purpose medium, formulated to be mixed into all Liquitex acrylic paints and mediums.
  • Mix into any acrylic paint to enhance the depth of color 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.
  • 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 retention of dirt.
  • Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • 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) suitable for acrylic paint and mediums, such as canvas, paper, wood, Plexiglas, etc.
  • Not for use over oil paint.

Application

APPLICATION AS A MEDIUM

As An Extender:

  • Mix with Soft Body Concentrated Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while maintaining paint viscosity.
  • Mix with Heavy Body Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while decreasing paint viscosity.

As A Fixative:

  • Use as a fixative over artwork (acrylic paint, pastel, graphite, chalk) to increase gloss or shine. Mix 1 part Gloss Medium & Varnish to 1 part distilled water. Apply with atomizer or airbrush.

As a Binder / Adhesive:

  • Powdered pigments or aggregates may be mixed into Gloss Medium & Varnish, however they must be compatible with acrylics.
  • Collage material may be glued using Gloss Medium & Varnish as a liquid glue.

As A Ground:

  • Use as transparent ground for acrylic paint instead of gesso. Allows substrate to be seen. To prevent Substrate Induced Discoloration, wash cotton or linen canvas before use.

With Powdered Pigments:

  • Use as a binder with powdered pigments to make an inexpensive student grade Soft Body gloss paint.

APPLICATION AS A VARNISH

  • Gloss Varnish for flexible surfaces is recommended as the best varnish for acrylic paintings.
  • Apply Gloss Medium and Varnish as a final permanent 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.
  • Dilute Gloss Medium and Varnish up to 20% for better brushing and leveling.
  • 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.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.
  6. When applying Liquitex Permanent Matte Varnish or Satin Permanent Varnish, apply no more than 1-2 thin coats. A thick application may result in cloudiness when dry. If more than 2 coats are desired, first varnish with Gloss Medium & Varnish until desired thickness is achieved, then final varnish with matte or satin varnish.

Spray Application

  • Refer to Techniques and search on "Airbrushing" for more detailed information.
  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
  1. Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  2. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  3. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  4. During spray application, maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.

Varnish Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • You may thin Gloss Medium & Varnish with water up to 25% for better flow, leveling and for spray applications.
  • Thin with small amount of Flow-AidTM/water to reduce brush marks or spray apply. Refer to Liquitex Paint Additives: Flow-Aid Flow Enhancer.

Varnish Removal

  • Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.
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The workhorse of the Liquitex mediums range. Gloss Medium & Varnish in an all-purpose medium that performs two functions. It can be used as a varnish and/or a fluid gloss medium. It improves adhesion of paint film and increases color depth, intensity, and gloss. It can also be used as a non-removable varnish to protect the surface and establish an even gloss sheen.

Attributes

  • Soft Body.
  • All purpose medium, formulated to be mixed into all Liquitex acrylic paints and mediums.
  • Mix into any acrylic paint to enhance the depth of color 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.
  • 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 retention of dirt.
  • Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • 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) suitable for acrylic paint and mediums, such as canvas, paper, wood, Plexiglas, etc.
  • Not for use over oil paint.

Application

APPLICATION AS A MEDIUM

As An Extender:

  • Mix with Soft Body Concentrated Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while maintaining paint viscosity.
  • Mix with Heavy Body Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while decreasing paint viscosity.

As A Fixative:

  • Use as a fixative over artwork (acrylic paint, pastel, graphite, chalk) to increase gloss or shine. Mix 1 part Gloss Medium & Varnish to 1 part distilled water. Apply with atomizer or airbrush.

As a Binder / Adhesive:

  • Powdered pigments or aggregates may be mixed into Gloss Medium & Varnish, however they must be compatible with acrylics.
  • Collage material may be glued using Gloss Medium & Varnish as a liquid glue.

As A Ground:

  • Use as transparent ground for acrylic paint instead of gesso. Allows substrate to be seen. To prevent Substrate Induced Discoloration, wash cotton or linen canvas before use.

With Powdered Pigments:

  • Use as a binder with powdered pigments to make an inexpensive student grade Soft Body gloss paint.

APPLICATION AS A VARNISH

  • Gloss Varnish for flexible surfaces is recommended as the best varnish for acrylic paintings.
  • Apply Gloss Medium and Varnish as a final permanent 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.
  • Dilute Gloss Medium and Varnish up to 20% for better brushing and leveling.
  • 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.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.
  6. When applying Liquitex Permanent Matte Varnish or Satin Permanent Varnish, apply no more than 1-2 thin coats. A thick application may result in cloudiness when dry. If more than 2 coats are desired, first varnish with Gloss Medium & Varnish until desired thickness is achieved, then final varnish with matte or satin varnish.

Spray Application

  • Refer to Techniques and search on "Airbrushing" for more detailed information.
  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
  1. Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  2. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  3. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  4. During spray application, maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.

Varnish Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • You may thin Gloss Medium & Varnish with water up to 25% for better flow, leveling and for spray applications.
  • Thin with small amount of Flow-AidTM/water to reduce brush marks or spray apply. Refer to Liquitex Paint Additives: Flow-Aid Flow Enhancer.

Varnish Removal

  • Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.
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The workhorse of the Liquitex mediums range. Gloss Medium & Varnish in an all-purpose medium that performs two functions. It can be used as a varnish and/or a fluid gloss medium. It improves adhesion of paint film and increases color depth, intensity, and gloss. It can also be used as a non-removable varnish to protect the surface and establish an even gloss sheen.

Attributes

  • Soft Body.
  • All purpose medium, formulated to be mixed into all Liquitex acrylic paints and mediums.
  • Mix into any acrylic paint to enhance the depth of color 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.
  • 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 retention of dirt.
  • Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • 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) suitable for acrylic paint and mediums, such as canvas, paper, wood, Plexiglas, etc.
  • Not for use over oil paint.

Application

APPLICATION AS A MEDIUM

As An Extender:

  • Mix with Soft Body Concentrated Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while maintaining paint viscosity.
  • Mix with Heavy Body Artist Color to extend volume and increase transparency, while decreasing paint viscosity.

As A Fixative:

  • Use as a fixative over artwork (acrylic paint, pastel, graphite, chalk) to increase gloss or shine. Mix 1 part Gloss Medium & Varnish to 1 part distilled water. Apply with atomizer or airbrush.

As a Binder / Adhesive:

  • Powdered pigments or aggregates may be mixed into Gloss Medium & Varnish, however they must be compatible with acrylics.
  • Collage material may be glued using Gloss Medium & Varnish as a liquid glue.

As A Ground:

  • Use as transparent ground for acrylic paint instead of gesso. Allows substrate to be seen. To prevent Substrate Induced Discoloration, wash cotton or linen canvas before use.

With Powdered Pigments:

  • Use as a binder with powdered pigments to make an inexpensive student grade Soft Body gloss paint.

APPLICATION AS A VARNISH

  • Gloss Varnish for flexible surfaces is recommended as the best varnish for acrylic paintings.
  • Apply Gloss Medium and Varnish as a final permanent 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.
  • Dilute Gloss Medium and Varnish up to 20% for better brushing and leveling.
  • 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.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.
  6. When applying Liquitex Permanent Matte Varnish or Satin Permanent Varnish, apply no more than 1-2 thin coats. A thick application may result in cloudiness when dry. If more than 2 coats are desired, first varnish with Gloss Medium & Varnish until desired thickness is achieved, then final varnish with matte or satin varnish.

Spray Application

  • Refer to Techniques and search on "Airbrushing" for more detailed information.
  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
  1. Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  2. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  3. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  4. During spray application, maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.

Varnish Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • You may thin Gloss Medium & Varnish with water up to 25% for better flow, leveling and for spray applications.
  • Thin with small amount of Flow-AidTM/water to reduce brush marks or spray apply. Refer to Liquitex Paint Additives: Flow-Aid Flow Enhancer.

Varnish Removal

  • Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.
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Attributes

  • Low viscosity - very fluid.
  • Produces a matte finish
  • Does not drastically reduce color depth as does Matte Medium.
  • 100% acrylic polymer varnish. Water soluble when wet. Good chemical and water resistance when dry.
  • Dry to a non-tacky, hard, flexible surface that is resistant to retention of dirt.
  • Resist discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • 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 acrylic painted surface (flexible and rigid) on canvas, paper, wood, stone, Plexiglas, etc.
  • Not for use over oil paint.
  • Flexible, archival, non-yellowing and water resistant when dry.
  • For interior use only

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 a minimum 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.
  • If more than 1 varnish coat is desired, apply 1-2 coats of Liquitex® Gloss Varnish before applying a final coat of Liquitex Matte Varnish.
  • Caution: Acrylic paints and mediums become increasingly brittle in cold weather. Do not apply below 60 degrees.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries.
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.
  6. When applying Liquitex Matte Varnish or Satin Varnish, apply no more than 1-2 thin coats. A thick application may result in cloudiness when dry. If more than 2 coats are desired, first varnish with Gloss Varnish until desired thickness is achieved, then final varnish with matte or satin varnish.

Spray Application

  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
    Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  1. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  2. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  3. During spray application maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.

Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • Thin, if desired, with a small amount of water to allow the varnish to flow easily from the brush or airbrush.
  • Thin with small amount of Flow-AidTM/water to reduce brush marks or spray apply. Refer to Liquitex Paint Additives: Flow-AidTM Flow Enhancer.

Removal

  • Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.
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Attributes

  • Low viscosity - very fluid.
  • Produces a matte finish
  • Does not drastically reduce color depth as does Matte Medium.
  • 100% acrylic polymer varnish. Water soluble when wet. Good chemical and water resistance when dry.
  • Dry to a non-tacky, hard, flexible surface that is resistant to retention of dirt.
  • Resist discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • 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 acrylic painted surface (flexible and rigid) on canvas, paper, wood, stone, Plexiglas, etc.
  • Not for use over oil paint.
  • Flexible, archival, non-yellowing and water resistant when dry.
  • For interior use only

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 a minimum 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.
  • If more than 1 varnish coat is desired, apply 1-2 coats of Liquitex® Gloss Varnish before applying a final coat of Liquitex Matte Varnish.
  • Caution: Acrylic paints and mediums become increasingly brittle in cold weather. Do not apply below 60 degrees.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries.
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.
  6. When applying Liquitex Matte Varnish or Satin Varnish, apply no more than 1-2 thin coats. A thick application may result in cloudiness when dry. If more than 2 coats are desired, first varnish with Gloss Varnish until desired thickness is achieved, then final varnish with matte or satin varnish.

Spray Application

  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
    Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  1. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  2. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  3. During spray application maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.

Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • Thin, if desired, with a small amount of water to allow the varnish to flow easily from the brush or airbrush.
  • Thin with small amount of Flow-AidTM/water to reduce brush marks or spray apply. Refer to Liquitex Paint Additives: Flow-AidTM Flow Enhancer.

Removal

  • Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.
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Attributes

  • Low viscosity, very fluid.
  • Apply as a final varnish over dry acrylic or dry oil paint.
  • Increases the depth and intensity of color.
  • Also available in Matte which may be intermixed for a variety of sheens.
  • Permanent, removable, final varnish for acrylic and oil paintings that protects painting surface and allows for removal of surface dirt, without damaging painting underneath. Once surface is clean, a new coat of Soluvar may be reapplied to surface.
  • Thin with mineral spirits or turpentine. Do not use Odorless Mineral Spirits.
  • Dries to a clear, non-tacky, water resistant, hard film that is resistant to retention of dirt and prevents dirt and pollutants from contacting paint surface.
  • Self-leveling. Will not hold brush strokes.
  • Flexible. Will not crack as surface expands and contracts during temperature and humidity changes.
  • Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • Protects painting against harsh elements.
  • For interior and exterior use.

Application

  • Apply as a final varnish over dry acrylic or oil paint.
  • Good ventilation is required.
  • 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.
  • Painting surface and environment must be clean, dry and dust free. Allow oil paint to dry for 6 months to one year and acrylic paint for a minimum of 72 hours. Thickness of application will determine exact length of time.
  • If an oil painting is not dry before it is sealed with a varnish, the result may be long-term problems such as cracking or blistering. Varnish may become non-removable if applied over a painting that has not completely dried and cured.
  • Intermix Gloss and Matte Soluvar Varnish for a variety of sheens. Soluvar Matte Varnish contains matting agents that settle during storage. Gently stir with brush handle or dowel until completely re-dissolved. Do not shake.
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Soluvar Varnish. Let each layer dry 24 hours between coats.

Over Acrylic Paint

  • Allow acrylic paintings to dry for a minimum of 72 hours or longer if paint is very thick.
  • Apply 1-2 coats of Gloss Varnish as an isolation barrier. The barrier coat physically separates the acrylic painting from the Soluvar Varnish and seals the surface. This aids in a more even application of Soluvar Varnish and protects the painting if the Soluvar Varnish needs to be removed. Allow to dry for 3 days.
  • To insure proper adhesion, surface must be cleaned with lint free rag lightly dampened with mineral spirits.
  • Apply 1-2 thin layers of Soluvar Varnish. Let each layer dry 24 hours between coats.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries.
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.

Spray Application

  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
    Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  1. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  2. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  3. During spray application maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.
  4. Good ventilation and a carbon dual filter mask are important.

Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • Thin with up to 25% mineral spirits or turpentine. Do not use Odorless Mineral Spirits.

Removal

  • Remove varnish in clean, well-ventilated area.
  • Wear a dual filter respirator (NIOSH approved) and neoprene gloves. Dampen a small piece of lint free, soft, white cloth with mineral spirits (not "odorless") or turpentine - nothing stronger. Do not use ketones or paint removers.
  • Work horizontally. Apply mineral spirits generously and allow it to lay on surface for 15-30 minutes. Check periodically. Longer time may be necessary, depending upon age of artwork and strength of mineral spirits. If varnish is not dissolving or dissolving slowly, use a higher strength mineral spirits or turpentine (cover with plastic to slow down evaporation of mineral spirits). Stronger mineral spirits are not labeled as such, but have a stronger odor.
  • Rub cloth gently over a small area 1-2 square inches until varnish starts to dissolve.
  • Using a clean cloth and clean solvent, rub the area again to remove residue. Repeat this procedure for the entire area to be cleaned. If any paint color shows on the cloth, stop immediately and allow the surface to dry.
  • Allow painting to dry before reapplying a fresh coat of Soluvar Final Picture Varnish.
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SKU: LIQ6108

Attributes

  • Low viscosity, very fluid.
  • Apply as a final varnish over dry acrylic or dry oil paint.
  • Lowers intensity and depth of color, while reducing the surface glare.
  • Also available in Gloss which may be intermixed for a variety of sheens.
  • Permanent, removable, final varnish for acrylic and oil paintings that protects painting surface and allows for removal of surface dirt, without damaging painting underneath. Once surface is clean, a new coat of Soluvar may be reapplied to surface.
  • Thin with mineral spirits or turpentine. Do not use Odorless Mineral Spirits.
  • Dries to a clear, non-tacky, water resistant, hard film that is resistant to retention of dirt and prevents dirt and pollutants from contacting paint surface.
  • Self-leveling. Will not hold brush strokes.
  • Flexible. Will not crack as surface expands and contracts during temperature and humidity changes.
  • Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity, heat and ultraviolet light.
  • Protects painting against harsh elements.
  • For interior and exterior use.

Application

  • Apply as a final varnish over dry acrylic or oil paint.
  • Good ventilation is required.
  • 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.
  • Painting surface and environment must be clean, dry and dust free. Allow oil paint to dry for 6 months to one year and acrylic paint for a minimum of 72 hours. Thickness of application will determine exact length of time.
  • If an oil painting is not dry before it is sealed with a varnish, the result may be long-term problems such as cracking or blistering. Varnish may become non-removable if applied over a painting that has not completely dried and cured.
  • Intermix Gloss and Matte Soluvar Varnish for a variety of sheens. Soluvar Matte Varnish contains matting agents that settle during storage. Gently stir with brush handle or dowel until completely re-dissolved. Do not shake.
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Soluvar Varnish. Let each layer dry 24 hours between coats.

Over Acrylic Paint

  • Allow acrylic paintings to dry for a minimum of 72 hours or longer if paint is very thick.
  • Apply 1-2 coats of Gloss Varnish as an isolation barrier. The barrier coat physically separates the acrylic painting from the Soluvar Varnish and seals the surface. This aids in a more even application of Soluvar Varnish and protects the painting if the Soluvar Varnish needs to be removed. Allow to dry for 3 days.
  • To insure proper adhesion, surface must be cleaned with lint free rag lightly dampened with mineral spirits.
  • Apply 1-2 thin layers of Soluvar Varnish. Let each layer dry 24 hours between coats.

Brush and Paint Pad Application

  1. Use a wide, soft hair brush or paint pad (vacuum pad prior to use to remove lint). Size of area to be varnished will determine the size of the applicator. The smaller the surface area, the narrower the brush. Generally, a 1-4" flat brush is used.
  2. Apply varnish in 1-3 thin coats, rather than 1 thick coat. A thick coat will take longer to dry, may dry cloudy, may drip or sag during application and has a greater chance of showing brush strokes when dry.
  3. Horizontal surface application is best with less chance of varnish running. After varnishing, the surface should be shielded with a protective "tent". This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries.
  4. Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly coated.
  5. Do not rework areas you might miss, as the brush could pick up partially dried varnish and cause clouding. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat.

Spray Application

  • Most even application method.
  • Use for textured surfaces (thick impasto, thick textures), where brush application may result in foaming and fragile surfaces (watercolor, tempera, graphite, pastel, gouache), where brush application may disrupt drawing or painted surface.
    Select air pressure (PSI) depending on air gun used and viscosity of varnish. Greater PSI permits thicker varnish to be sprayed, but may affect fragile surfaces.
  1. 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
  2. Spray a continuous film by moving the spray gun in a smooth motion from one side of the painting to the other. First coat horizontal, second coat, third coat horizontal, etc.
  3. During spray application maintain same distance across the surface of the artwork. Move your body as well as your arm to avoid "arching" motion and uneven application.
  4. Good ventilation and a carbon dual filter mask are important.

Thinning

  • Thinning increases penetration and can make it easier to apply varnish.
  • Over thinning may result in weak varnish film, poor adhesion, running and soaking into substrate.
  • Thin with up to 25% mineral spirits or turpentine. Do not use Odorless Mineral Spirits.

Removal

  • Remove varnish in clean, well-ventilated area.
  • Wear a dual filter respirator (NIOSH approved) and neoprene gloves. Dampen a small piece of lint free, soft, white cloth with mineral spirits (not "odorless") or turpentine - nothing stronger. Do not use ketones or paint removers.
  • Work horizontally. Apply mineral spirits generously and allow it to lay on surface for 15-30 minutes. Check periodically. Longer time may be necessary, depending upon age of artwork and strength of mineral spirits. If varnish is not dissolving or dissolving slowly, use a higher strength mineral spirits or turpentine (cover with plastic to slow down evaporation of mineral spirits). Stronger mineral spirits are not labeled as such, but have a stronger odor.
  • Rub cloth gently over a small area 1-2 square inches until varnish starts to dissolve.
  • Using a clean cloth and clean solvent, rub the area again to remove residue. Repeat this procedure for the entire area to be cleaned. If any paint color shows on the cloth, stop immediately and allow the surface to dry.
  • Allow painting to dry before reapplying a fresh coat of Soluvar Final Picture Varnish.
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