Gracias. Oak is the biggest culprit, and can make white paint turn orange over … Below is the recommends process from Liquitex: (the bold has been added by me). Because this job will likely require removing some amount of paint, this should include a face mask or respirator. 1. I used liquitex gloss varnish and after that cured 2 coats of liquitex matte varnish. Also, applying a liquid varnish would be hard to not move the glitter with the brush when applying it. Once your work surface is prepared, you’ll begin applying your stain of choice. Will varnishing help to solve this problem? Just roll up your sleeve, prep for the task and be in a creative mood. Although many express that you can paint over existing finishes I feel that the paint will be uneven. The gallery is going to do another thin coat of gloss. Thank you so much Will for sharing this info! Will, Been reading through years of this treasure trove (which it totally is), and learned a lot. Hi Coco, yes, it would be too late for this particular painting but you could just build up the layers of the spray varnish. Hi Jo, yes you could do that, it would be similar effect to using a non-removable water-based polymer varnish. ), but stain really sinks well into carved places, giving that punch of depth that makes a piece shine. Hi Sharada, the acrylics should dry within a few hours, if they are really thick they might take a couple of days. Please, any recommendation in this case? Fabulous for a newbie to the craft. It will yellow slightly, but will be more cost effective on the large scale and give a very tough finish. Thanks for sharing so much knowledge. Let the varnish cure until it no longer has an odor before you put any knick knacks or books on the shelve. Hi Will I want to enter my art work into competition and need to photograph them, put on an isolation coat and the varnish and also want to frame a couple. If it is applied to a painted surface, this process cannot take place. Please consult our website for information regarding Varnish Application. lol. Thank you for the amazing tips. After an isolation coat, it seems safer than removalble varnish, but I wonder whether cold wax is adequate protection. remove and replace the varnish – then you need to apply an isolation coat first. Cheers, Will. It is available either as a dead flat matt or a satin finish and has been formulated to emulate that silky waxed feel when it’s dry. Here’s a video of how to soak with the solution. help asap. Will. Thanks so much, Will. So, either sand the surface to remove the polyurethane or use deglosser to dissolve it. and can that coating be applied as early as when I’m finished painting it? Recently, Golden’s website underwent a big design change, so the watercolour varnishing link would be here now: http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_varnwatercolor, …as I discovered a while back when I went to use my bookmarks :-). Any dirt that attaches to the painting will be on the varnish layer and not imbedded in the paint layer. I stumbled onto your site looking for information about different types of varnishes and hit the jackpot. You can also ‘mix your own’ sheen by combing gloss and matte varnishes. Can you please, please tell me why they make permanent varnish? Best, Carolyn, Brilliant to hear Carolyn, so pleased you enjoyed it. I was wondering if this was accurate? Any tips on “varnishing” a watercolor to protect it, say on a canvas or aquabord? The Matting agent used to create Matte varnish is usually white. How to Paint a Warm & Cool Still Life Painting (Using only 2 Colours) – Part 2 of 3. varnish layer (final finish, can be gloss, satin or matte), isolation coat (must be with the gloss medium). Sherry wanted to change the look using Chalk Paint - the great thing is she could do this with very little preparation. I don’t have confidence to apply a polymer based varnish quickly enough on the panorama size surface. Are these 3 Black Paint Myths Holding You Back? This can also be applied to acrylics. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Hi Ambalika, depending on the paper used, white coloured pencil won’t show very well on a giclee, but you can use pastels, here’s a video on embellishing giclee with pastel you might find of interest. I read that it is best to photograph without the final protective coats. For varnishing I use the GOLDEN Polymer Varnish and now I read that they are not suitable for stretched canvas and also shouldn’t be thinned with tap water. Jo. Cheers, Will. I created a painting and added glitter over a part of the painting. Sometimes a glossy surface can appear to be ‘more finished’ so may affect a customers perception, but it’s usually more of a case of having one even sheen that brings the painting together so the piece works aesthetically. You might need to spray a coat of shellac over the paint and then apply a coat of waterborne varnish which will not yellow. Soft Gel Gloss – To act as the barrier ‘isolation coat’ layer 2. So frustrating! How should I go about varnishing my art and keep the intended look of the different sheens? Yes, you can. Do you still recommend mixing matte varnish with gloss varnish? Everything went perfect again, but seeing the satin result, must admit it slightly takes just a hint of depth away from the painting, compared to the earlier glossy finish. Love that! Hope this helps. Hi Anna, nice to hear from you, I haven’t personally used the Winsor & Newton gloss gel as an isolation coat so wouldn’t be able to say for sure if it would work in the same manner in terms of consistency and dilution with water. Topnotch !!! It would give you a smoother application, but if you where going down this route you could just build up layers of the Liquitex fluid medium. Q. waterproof. The directions for the Liquitex Gloss medium & Varnish recommend: “Dilute Gloss Medium and Varnish up to 20% for better brushing and leveling.”, Wrapping in bubble wrap is absolutely fine once the varnish is dry, it’s just when deadlines loom and the varnish is still wet. Or, if the polyurethane paint surface is to be painted over using another oil-based paint, it may be possible to paint over it without too much prep, but at least clean the surface with a standard multipurpose cleaner, before applying the … Have no idea what the craft varnishes are unless they are waterborne. Doing this will require you to remove all of the old paint by hand, which can often be accomplished with a strong power washer. After reading your articles i was thinking of trying glossy isolation coat with a satin varnish on top. Great article! What a generous wealth of support you are to all of us. Painting over gloss paint can be a challenge but with the right painting tips and tools, the job can be completed by almost any determined do-it-yourselfer. I have been using Atelier Gloss Medium/Varnish or Binder Medium. Apply Liquitex varnish in slightly overlapping pattern that covers entire artwork. Thanks! I painted and varnished a painting that I no longer like. N.B. The last consideration is archival qualities. If areas are missed, wait until the varnish is dry and apply another coat. Hi, Thank you for the useful tips about the isolation coat. Friends have been using as decorative pieces. Cheers, Will, Great article I’m new to painting and just finished a reverse painting on glass to use as a backsplash I used oils and I think I should seal the back so the paint won’t stick to the wall. Quick Links Click below to jump to section: Zinsser Paint Woodstain & Varnish Products The Benefits Step 1. Thank you for the whole Package, full of useful information on the varnish topic. Hi Muzzi, The only issue you’ll have with varnishing over glitter it that you will loose the ‘glitter effect’ due to the varnish coating the surface. If you’re into carved signs like me, then using stain over paint is a beautiful way to bring out engraved details. Thanks again! I was thinking about varnishing because I have some very visible brush strokes and what not that I want to even out. (Temp, humidity, et al?) If you were varnishing your oil painting (or if you decide to use a non-removable acrylic varnish ) the process is slightly different and you can usually paint your varnish straight onto the paint layer without the need for an isolation coat. Past few days, I started to try the glazing technic with Copal medium. or is there something you recommend using with the atelier interactive, cheers Will. Yes you can. I ALWAYS prep. How do you recommend applying an isolation coat evenly to something that size? Thanks for your excellent web site. I was going to buy some, then decided I should find out if permanent is the way to go. Oil-based varnishes and polyurethanes can be used over latex paints. That being said, you still have the option to remove the old painted surface and replacing it with a stain coat or two. Would you be so kind as to explain what a “part” is? Doing a test run makes a whole lot of sense -I would certainly feel more comfortable after that! Many of the Impressionists preferred not to varnish at all. Hi Murtaza, thanks for your very kind comments, so pleased you found the articles helpful. I have an Amazon Prime membership, so it gets to me within a day or two. I had been fussing over this idea just this morning (and on and off in recent months). Or would the glazing liquid accomplish the same thing? I’m Wondering if I can apply a satin varnish or gel isolation coat to bring down the shine over top, and what that will do to the colour saturation? Thank you all in advance, look fwd. With all the modern advances in coatings -- polyurethane, shellac, urethane, or varnish -- some confusion about formula is to be expected. Hi Brendan, gloss varnish will give you the most ‘wet look’ to your paintings, you just might need a number of coats to build up the layers. This will prevent any dust or airborne particles from settling into varnish as it dries. Good one David, really pleased you found it helpful. Could a painting that large be wax varnished and polished effectively? It is a Krylon UV Archival Varnish(Satin). Simple let the first coat dry for about four hours and repeat 2-3 more times. Just make sure the bubbles are facing towards you so there is a flat surface on the painting surface. If you are going to use an old acrylic painting that has been varnished with an acrylic varnish (an isolation coat first) – just as an interesting base for a new acrylic painting, do you need to remove the varnish? The safest way to cover all bases to see which image you prefer is to set up your camera on a tripod and then photograph at each stage. Thanks in advance! Thank you. (I said I was a beginner) Could you advise me as to how to properly package an acrylic painting? But is it not suitable to use in my small home studio? Since the exhibition the painting has been in a box in my studio, but I want to offer it to other exhibitions/galleries now … and after reading your article I’m wondering if I should varnish it again with something different. As a comparison, gloss varnishes dry almost 100% transparent and satin somewhere between the two. Cheers, Will. I haven’t personally used the Minwax varnish but you could contact them direct to be doubly sure. Thank You Will for a very useful object!! The first brush that I used wasn’t big enough and left a lot of gaps in coverage. Thanks for your help! I feel relieved – somewhat. Hello Will. -Is there such a thing as an expiration date on varnish? Stupid I know but I am not a traditional painter by any means…. Hi Christy, no it’s not essential, it’s down to your personal aesthetic choice for the finish. As a beginnner, i am growing with confidence as well as being inspired. Hi R, Watercolours can be tricky because you can never remove the varnish as it become absorbed into the paper surface, this is from the Winsor & newton website: Varnishes do not work well with Gouache, water colour and drawings because the varnish will be deeply absorbed by the paint and/or paper, becoming an integral part of the picture and could cause discolouration. Thanks Will, great article, and very helpful to have the links to the work shown and the handbook. Helpful. How to Paint Over Varnish. Hi Tara, ahh the elusive varnishing decision! Really pleased it helped Jacque, by the end of 22 pieces you’ll be a varnishing master! Recently I am re-discovering painting with acrylics after some 30 years of doing watercolour paintings. (I thought I’d packaged up a varnished painting very well, but it got a bit squished during transit), Hi Nick, I just had a flashback to seeing lots of tiny bubblewrap marks on an equally squished canvas! Within the French Academy, before the official opening of the Salon exhibition, artists were allowed a varnishing day. Clean up with water Dry quickly No strong smell No need for mineral spirits for cleaning, Tricky to apply Dry very quickly Not as hard varnish finish Milky when wet. I tried with acrilic varnishes, Liquitex, Mod Podge, Delta but the same result. Helpful. I intend to paint with oil over it….do I have to worry about peeling once it dries? 5. It led him to varnish different areas of the painting in different sheens, “the whole conception of this painting was extremely matte….The difficulty with varnishes is that they are shiny, glossy, so there is a problem: for example, if one made a drawing on white rag paper, and if one varnishes it, it immediately becomes shiny, like the illustrations in popular women’s magazines on glossy paper…But my greatest anxiety was to get a varnish that was not shiny.”, Different varnish finishes on black paint. Add 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of dish soap and 1⁄4 teaspoon (1.2 mL) of white vinegar into the bucket of water. They didn’t like the visual effect or the ostentatious feel of a highly glossed surface. Can be confusing this question, is it Oil base or waterbase varnish you are wanting to cover, also is it a clear or coloured finish. Personally,  I always work with a removable varnish to ensure the future preservation of the aesthetics of my paintings. This is because deck stain (which is typically made to tolerate all-seasons outdoor conditions) is designed to absorb into the wood upon which it is applied. Pleased you’ve been finding the site helpful, the usual culprit for the bubbles is, as you suspected – after too energetic mixing of the varnish (it is most noticeable with polymer varnishes) I usually tend to mix and then leave the mixture for 24hrs before applying if i’m working with a Polymer Varnish and want to be 100% sure of no bubbles. It looks less dense and more transparent than the Golden soft gel, does it still need to be mixed with water? Hi Will, I was wondering if you have any knowledge if it is ok to roll an oil painting for shipping that has a layer of Gamblin Satin varnish on it? Thank you! Totally love LOVE your site! Man-made Synthetic varnishes do not yellow (if they do yellow at all it is a very slight shift compared with natural varnishes). Yes, you’ll be able to respray a glossy coat on top, however, as you mentioned, because the satin coat has already been sprayed ontop some of the satin matting agent will still remain so it won’t be a crystal clear as just with the gloss varnish. If you try to apply a satin or matte varnish to a black painting the level of blackness will be lifted. It was pretty chilly and when I can back to look at them they had dried cloudy and somewhat streaky. Or is there a varnish that is absolutely matt? Even though that helps, to get the most saturated colour from your acrylic painting, a glossy varnish will always enhance your colours more than just using paint alone. Hope this helps. With this information, you should be able to efficiently determine if you can make a productive DIY job out of staining a painted wood or concrete surface in your home. I read your advice to Liz but that is for an oil painting. Q.What is the biggest isolation coat application problem? I live in Calgary Canada and sometimes its harder to find the full range of the products of these brands, but i will find the ones you recommend. I suppose it came about from having a quick way of applying one layer to protect the surface. You can paint your painting, apply a layer of soft gel gloss, sprinkle glitter and you’re away! Generally, a 1-4″ flat brush is used. Hi Tricia, yes, you can apply a layer of gloss varnish over the top and some of the depth will be revised but it still might be slightly duller due to the white matting agent on the first layer of varnish. However, it’s a personal call as I appreciate some of our paintings end up on the neighbours wall. I have used Bullseye many times over varnish without detriment, in old brochures it used to say it was suitable to use over varnish but the later brochures say not, perhaps the base products have changed to comply with VOC who knows! You could try a test piece to see if you’re happy with the aesthetic vs smooth surface. Then leave it to dry for 24hours so I can assess the level of sheen that will best suit the painting colours and the environment the painting is going to hang (if it’s a specific commission). The stain will more easily slide off, resulting in a lighter color. Pissaro and Monet preferred the unvarnished look and many Impressionists would aim to work on a more absorbent gesso ground. Thanks for your time. paint is make in several finishes, from dull matt finishes to high gloss, so you can select the amount of gloss that would give you the look you want from varnish. I don’t apply an isolation coat first- but should I ? thanks for this website. However, if you are looking to achieve a certain aesthetic style, it may help you achieve the precise look you are going for. An isolation coat has to be done with a gloss medium. I use think paint , so shall I apply the isolation coat and then varnish with the brush ? That aside, you are not supposed to use a polyurethane over paint and if you call the manufacturers, they will say "you can try it, but we don't guarantee anything." It’s worth taking into consideration bright lights within the hanging space as these can often cause a glare on a too glossy finish. Should I frame the piece, photograph it, take out of the frame, apply the final coats, then reframe? So when a painting has yellowed and looks suitably dirty, the varnish can be removed (and all the dirt with it) restoring the painting to it’s vibrant, former glory, then a new varnish can be applied to protect it for the next 100 years or so. Cheers, Will. No, a sponge has the tendency to cause froth and bubbles in the isolation coat, but can be used when applying certain water-based varnishes. You can use latex or oil-based paint. Thanks for this, and many other wonderful articles, Will! Good work, art man! Your next steps will depend on whether you are choosing to stain over a painted surface or remove a paint coating before applying a stain. So, in essence, creating a controllable satin finish. For a spray application of an isolation coat. I like the color saturation of the inks. I read online that I should wait 6-12 months after painting an acrylic piece before varnishing! Even if I can’t use it for varnish removal purpose but to even the sheen? Varnish tends to sag down vertical surfaces. It is appreciated as I will be varnishing 22 pieces for a display. 4- time to let it dry? If it’s just acrylic based – why? Before you add a few polyurethane layers over dried paint, you’ll need make a few preparations before you can get started. Fantastic to hear Deborah, glad you’re pleased with the satin finish. Use a paint brush to add one thin layer of varnish and let it dry. It’s as close as you will come with a varnish. Use a soft-bristled polyester paintbrush that will promote a slick, flawless finish; do not use a nylon brush, or the varnish may dry with ugly marks. You can then make a cardboard corner protector for each corner as these will be the points that would take the most impact if the parcel was ever dropped. You can add a slow drying medium to the acrylics although this will change the handling properties. You might find this article of interest that goes into different approaches (including wax) specifically for watercolours. I have completed the first of many (hopefully) acrylic paintings that has bright colors and heavy black lines, like stained glass. Tazer , 9 Aug 2010, in forum: Decorating and Painting. Hi Lisa, pleased you found it helpful, the isolation coat would give you an extra level of protection, but wouldn’t enable you to remove/clean in the future. I’m so happy to have found you. Hope this helps. Love your art, love your school and love your vids on Art Tutor…where I really discovered painting with acrylics (my favourite medium). In a theoretical sense, yes, you can apply concrete stain over a painted concrete floor or wall. Also, it’s worth having a small piece of white paper (or a photographer’s grey card) in the frame for one shot at each stage, that way you can later white balance all of the images together to give you a consistent look. I’ve recently been using a acrylic spray paint in my work, that once dry neither water nor solvent will alter. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have some insight. Or would spraying be easier? You can paint over epoxy resin to match the colour of the rest of the object it is applied to. Please send me the picture of the bottle and how to mix this Gel with the water? I use oil and a lot of liquin. 8- how many coats? The drying time will vary depending on brand and type of varnish used, details will usually be on the bottle of the varnish. I have gone through so many You tube sessions, all talk different and so confusing… Thanks for your time…Regards. I searched the web found your site and shared knowledge and it was exactly what I needed to know. . Cheers! I have always used Grumbacher spray finishes on my acrylic paintings. Your varnishing article prevented me from making another mistake! Given how much work this entails, it is not a recommended course of action. 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