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Liquitex Gloss Varnish

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  • How to use it

Seal your acrylic work with a transparent, gloss acrylic layer which is breathable, permanent and protects against UV damage.

What it does

  • 100% acrylic polymer varnish adds a gloss 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
  • 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
  • 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 and even them out immediately
  • Apply up to three thin coats, allowing at least three hours dry time between coats

How not to use it

  • Do not shake or vigorously over-brush as this can result in surface bubbles and a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • Don't apply with a roller or sponge brush
  • Don't thin with water
  • 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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118ml Product Code: 3940041
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  • Best varnish available - Liquitex Gloss Varnish Flexible Surface 237ml

    I paint very thinly so it's important I protect my acrylic works with a varnish. This one is easy to apply (make sure you don't overbrush) it dries to an even shine, and lifts the dark colours. My works are on paper so it has to be flexible too, having tried many others this is the best available. Tim Gustard (Penrith, United Kingdom) on 19 Aug 2012
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  • Apply multiple coats for brilliant gloss - Liquitex Gloss Varnish Flexible Surface 473ml

    I varnished a large textured painting predominantly Mars Black - in hot weather - i.e. the worst scenario for getting a good finish with acrylic gloss varnish.. Not just for drying times but also milkiness over the black. BUT if you make sure all doors and windows are closed - also have a bucket of steamy water in the studio to add humidity - and apply fairly speedily with a large flat soft watercolour brush - you'll get an excellent result. The first couple of coats will look a bit patchy - but gently key the surface with 1200 silicon carbide paper between coats - and gradually you'll build up a high gloss finish. And don't worry - the milkiness dries clear - as long as you apply evenly and don't over brush. It says allow 3 hours between coats - but I'd leave it 24 hrs. So, if you want a high gloss finish on your acrylic painting - factor in an additional week to achieve this. Mike Edwards (Brighton, United Kingdom) on 1 Aug 2014
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  • Does exactly what it says on the... er...bottle. - Liquitex Gloss Varnish Flexible Surface 118ml

    Does exactly what it says on the... er...bottle Julian (Reading, United Kingdom) on 25 Jul 2012
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