Gloss Varnish 32 oz.
* Extremely clear, permanent varnish for acrylic paintings on flexible and rigid surfaces.
* Greater clarity in the wet state than many acrylic varnishes.
* Fluid viscosity with excellent leveling properties for brush stroke free application.
* Permanent and durable for superior protection against the environment.
* Flexible, archival, non-yellowing and water resistant when dry.
* For interior use only
* Apply with a clean, flat, tightly packed varnishing brush or paint pad.
* Use long, even strokes.
* Do not brush vigorously over textured surface to avoid bubbles.
* Do not brush back into areas while varnish is drying. Do not overlap into partially dried areas.
* Apply one or more additional coats after each coat is thoroughly dry to the touch.
* Do not shake the bottle prior to use.
* Varnish surface and environment must be clean, dry, and dust free.
* 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.
* Acrylic paintings must be completely dried and cured for 48-72 hours before varnishing.
* 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.
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.
* Thinning is not recommended for Gloss Varnish, however a small amount of Flow-Aid may be added to increase flow and penetration.
* Not removable. Do not attempt to remove these varnishes with harsh solvents.