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Liquitex Soluvar Matte Picture Varnish - Size: 8 oz.
- 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
underneath. Once surface is clean, a new coat of Soluvar may be reapplied
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Brush and Paint Pad Application
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork.
Apply in horizontal and vertical brush strokes, so that entire area is evenly
- 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.
- 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
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
- 2-3 light even coats are better than 1 thick coat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Good ventilation and a carbon dual filter mask are important.
- 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
- 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
- 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.