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Liquitex Matte Varnish

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  • How to use it

Seal your acrylic painting with a trasparent, matte acrylic layer, which is breathable, permanet and protects against UV. 

What it does

  • 100% acrylic polymer varnish adds a matte sheen, protects and resists dirt retention
  • Dries clear to a flexible, non-tacky, hard surface
  • Increases brightness and colour saturation
  • Adjusts and unifies surface sheen
  • Improves surface durability - ideal when shipping or exhibiting
  • Protects colours from UV light damage
  • Resists discolouration - yellowing and fogging - caused by humidity, heat and UV
  • Depending on the substrate, it allows surface moisture to pass through and breathe
  • Allows for easy cleaning without fear of damaging the acrylic paint film
  • Has excellent levelling properties - will not hold brush marks
  • Semi-opaque when wet, transparent when dry
  • Use on flexible or rigid supports
  • Ideal for complete coverage of heavy textures and vertical applications
  • Designed for interior and exterior use
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Use with

  • Acrylic paints & mediums

Use on

  • All acrylic surfaces
  • As this is permanent, do a patch test first
  • Before varnishing ensure paint surface is fully dry (72 hours-two weeks depending on thickness)
  • Ensure your space is well ventilated and dirt and dust-free
  • Place the artwork flat on a surface - always varnish horizontally
  • Stir gently before use
  • Do not thin with water
  • Use long, even strokes, covering the surface top to bottom while moving from one side to the other - don't go over bits you have missed, but leave to dry and then re-varnish area
  • While applying, look for surface bubbles by inspecting it from all angles and even them out immediately
  • Apply 1-2 thin coats, allowing at least three hours dry time between coats
  • If you require more than two layers, first use Gloss Varnish as a base layer and build to your desired thickness, then apply Satin Varnish as your top coat

How not to use it

  • Do not shake or vigorously over-brush as this can result in a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • Don't apply with a roller or sponge brush
  • Don't apply in one thick coat, but several thin coats, to avoid brush marks, drips and cloudiness
  • Don't go back over areas you have already done, as this can cause clouding
  • Don't attempt to remove once applied
  • Do not use with any non-acrylic media
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237ml Product Code: 3905010
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RRP: £15.15 £11.36
473ml Product Code: 3905020
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RRP: £24.95 £18.71

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  • Never go back..... - Liquitex Matte Varnish Flexible Surface 473ml

    This is the first time I've used Liquitex Matte Varnish after being a long time user of their Satin. I am now a total convert and won't go back to Satin. Love the matte, takes the sheen off the painting so that you don't get distracted at different angles. It's a gem to use, no brush marks and easily diluted with water. Love this! Dawn Maciocia (Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom) on 19 Aug 2012
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  • Excellent matt quality - Liquitex Matte Varnish Flexible Surface 237ml

    I enjoy painting miniature figures, and have been searching for a good matt varnish. This brand can be applied directly without dilution through an airbrush, and does not leave a "frosting" like some other brands do. Excellent stuff. Chris (Wales) on 24 Jan 2017
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  • Splendid matte varnish - Liquitex Matte Varnish Flexible Surface 237ml

    I used this varnish on a couple of paintings made with acrylic paint pens. The recommendation on the bottle was to first apply a coating of gloss varnish before applying the matte varnish. I did this and it worked fine although to ensure no gloss showed through the matte I had to apply two layers of matte. The finish was excellent with no sheen at all. To be used with acrylic but I think I shall also try it over coloured pencil, why not? Glyn Rand (King's Lynn, United Kingdom) on 30 Jun 2016
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