Surface Preparation


Liquitex Gesso is the premium acrylic gesso used to prepare painting surfaces for acrylic and oil paint.

For additional information refer to Part 2 Applications & Techniques: Surface Preparation


  • Non-yellowing.
  • Flexible and non-cracking.
  • Provides the perfect "tooth" and adhesion to a wide variety of supports, such as canvas, paper and wood.
  • Available in White, Black and colors.


  • Use undiluted or thin up to 25% with water.
  • When thinning more than 25% use an equal mixture of water and Liquitex Matte Medium to thin gesso.
  • Tint color with Liquitex Medium or High Viscosity Artist Colors. Liquitex Color Gesso is hue balanced and intermixable to provide a wide variety of inter-mixed colors.



  • Stains and seals wood in one step, to a durable, water-resistant finish. Gel-like consistency eliminates running or dripping.
  • When dry, may be painted with acrylic, alkyd or oil paint.
  • Non-toxic, lightfast. Cleans up with soap and water.
  • Do not mix with oils or turpentine.


Wood Preparation

  • Before staining any surface, experiment on scrap wood. The softer the wood the deeper the stain penetration. Softwoods (pine) are more difficult to evenly stain than hard woods (oak).
  • Sand wood surfaces with fine grit sandpaper in the direction of wood grain.
  • To achieve a more dramatic wood grain stain pattern, wire brush wood in the direction of the grain, prior to staining.
  • Squeeze stain on palette first. Do not squeeze directly onto raw wood.
  • Use a lint free cloth or brush to apply a heavy coat of stain to sanded wood surface.
  • Wait 30-60 seconds. Wipe off excess with a lint-free cloth.
  • For best results, apply stain by rubbing in a circular motion until desired color is obtained.
  • Surface will dry to the touch in 2 hour. Allow to cure 8-12 hours before painting or varnishing.
  • For covering large areas, work in sections.
  • For a darker, richer stain, apply one coat. Let dry. Lightly sand and apply a second coat.
  • For a deeper stain, thin Wood Stain with Liquitex Flow-Aid Flow Water (1 part Flow-Aid Flow Enhancer, 20 parts water).
  • To slow down drying, thin Wood Stain with 20% Liquitex Slow-Dri Fluid Retarder.
  • When stain is dry, may be varnished with Liquitex High Gloss or Satin Permanent Varnish.

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