Varnishes

Varnishes

A varnish is a clear coat applied over the top of an artwork. It has two main functions - to give an even sheen to the work, which will in turn help to bring out the full intensity and beauty of the pigments, and to protect it from several different areas of attack such as wear and tear and airborne grime and chemicals.

When selecting a varnish, one of the first questions that arises is that of the gloss level required. In general, good quality acrylics will have a similar sheen level across their colour range. However, the addition of water or many of the other mediums available to the artist, may change the gloss levels dramatically. One must determine the level of gloss that is required. Most gloss and matt varnishes of the same type may be mixed to obtain the desired sheen level.

All varnishes start out with a relatively high gloss level, some are not as glossy as others but by and large they can be considered to be gloss. Matt and satin varnishes have what are known as matting agents added to them to reduce their gloss levels.

The matting agents are extremely fine particles suspended in the varnish or may be a wax which tends to sit mainly on the surface of the varnish. Both defract (scatter) the light passing through which gives the matt appearance.

The matting agents which are suspended in the varnish tend to have a longer lifespan and do not catch dust and dirt nearly as readily as the wax versions. The wax matting agents tend to mark very easily, however, some artists prefer the soft and subtle reflection of light off this finish. (It is possible to use a very light coverage of wax applied over solvent-based varnishes, once they are dry, to achieve this same effect).

If the artist wishes to apply many coats of a varnish (in excess of 5 coats) and requires a matt finish, it would be advisable to use gloss for all but the last few coats. Too many coats of the matt varnish may give a cloudy appearance. This cloudy appearance is the concentration of the invisible matting agent starting to increase to the point of becoming visible!

It is advisable to stir matt and satin varnishes before use to evenly distribute the matting agent so it does not form a concentrate in the bottom part of the container.


ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin  237ml

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin 237ml

Aristocrat liquid glass high gloss resin coating is 50 times thicker than conventional top coats. Just pour on clear finish coat. Suitable for table tops, crafts, plaster, fabrics, wood, photographs, jewellery..

Product Code: CR377

Retail Price: $24.20
Ex Tax: $22.00

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin  473ml

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin 473ml

Aristocrat liquid glass high gloss resin coating is 50 times thicker than conventional top coats. Just pour on clear finish coat. Suitable for table tops, crafts, plaster, fabrics, wood, photographs, jewellery..

Product Code: CR378

Retail Price: $38.50
Ex Tax: $35.00

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin  946ml

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin 946ml

Aristocrat liquid glass high gloss resin coating is 50 times thicker than conventional top coats. Just pour on clear finish coat. Suitable for table tops, crafts, plaster, fabrics, wood, photographs, jewellery..

Product Code: CR379

Retail Price: $71.50
Ex Tax: $65.00

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin 3784ml

ARISTOCRAT LIQUID GLASS - 2 part Hi Gloss Resin 3784ml

Aristocrat liquid glass high gloss resin coating is 50 times thicker than conventional top coats. Just pour on clear finish coat. Suitable for table tops, crafts, plaster, fabrics, wood, photographs, jewellery..

Product Code: CR380

Retail Price: $220.00
Ex Tax: $200.00

Art Spectrum Gloss Varnish 500ml

Art Spectrum Gloss Varnish 500ml

Art Spectrum Gloss Varnish (high gloss) 500ml (Paraloid) also available in 100ml and 1L sizesA high gloss, non-yellowing acrylic varnish. Remove carefully with a small amount of methylated spirits on a lint-free cloth. ..

Product Code: MV115

Retail Price: $43.23
Ex Tax: $39.30

Art Spectrum Matt Wax Varnish 500ml

Art Spectrum Matt Wax Varnish 500ml

Art Spectrum Matt Wax Varnish 500ml also available in 250mlA satin matt varnish made from beeswax and natural resin. Can be rubbed and buffed to a sheen with a lint-free cloth. Use Art Spectrum® Gum Turpentine as solvent. ..

Product Code: MV132

Retail Price: $49.19
Ex Tax: $44.72

Chromacryl Acrylic Water Based Finishing Varnish  500ml

Chromacryl Acrylic Water Based Finishing Varnish 500ml

Water based Finishing Varnish - 500ml.Chromacryl Water-Based Finishing Varnish is a clear, durable, gloss varnish that forms a tough non-tacky surface to enhance and protect paintings.Can be used to varnish muralsIdeal for all artworks and surfaces where a hard heat resistant varnish is requiredA..

Product Code: MV403

Retail Price: $19.76
Ex Tax: $17.96

Derivan Water Based Poly Gloss Varnish  500ml

Derivan Water Based Poly Gloss Varnish 500ml

Polymer Gloss Varnish - Water Base - 500ml. This Gloss Medium can be used as a gloss finishing varnish and as a glossy additive to the paint.Mixed with Derivan colours, it increases gloss and flow characteristics. Used as a finishing varnish, it produces a strong, protective, tack-free, clear fil..

Product Code: MV728

Retail Price: $28.99
Ex Tax: $26.35

Derivan Water Based Poly Gloss Varnish 2L

Derivan Water Based Poly Gloss Varnish 2L

Polymer Gloss Varnish - Water Base - 2Lt. This Gloss Medium can be used as a gloss finishing varnish and as a glossy additive to the paint.Mixed with Derivan colours, it increases gloss and flow characteristics. Used as a finishing varnish, it produces a strong, protective, tack-free, clear film...

Product Code: MV730

Retail Price: $92.66
Ex Tax: $84.24

JO SONJA  Gloss Polyurethane Varnish 250ml

JO SONJA Gloss Polyurethane Varnish 250ml

Gloss Polyurethane Varnish - Water Base - 250ml . Protect your finished piece with two coats of this beautiful varnish that actually cleans up in water! The second coat even takes care of accidental streaking. Clear and non-yellowing. For serving trays, etc. 4 coats of varnish are needed.  A..

Product Code: MV528

Retail Price: $18.36
Ex Tax: $16.69

JO SONJA Clear Glazing Medium 250ml

JO SONJA Clear Glazing Medium 250ml

Clear Glazing Medium - 250ml . An acrylic medium to mix with Jo Sonja's Artists' Colours to create transparent colour for glaze techniques, wood staining, pickling, colour floating and blending. . Jo Sonja's Clear Glaze Medium may be mixed with any Jo Sonja colour to create clear glazes or woo..

Product Code: MV902

Retail Price: $14.26
Ex Tax: $12.96

JO SONJA Decoupage Varnish 250ml

JO SONJA Decoupage Varnish 250ml

Decoupage Varnish - 250ml . Jo Sonja 250ml Decoupage Varnish . A heavy bodied formula for a thick lacquer-like coating especially formulated for decoupage artists to hide cut edges. 8 -10 coats is equivalent to 35-40 coats of thinner varnishes. ..

Product Code: MV905

Retail Price: $18.36
Ex Tax: $16.69

JO SONJA Matt Polyurethane Varnish 250ml

JO SONJA Matt Polyurethane Varnish 250ml

Matt Polyurethane Varnish - Water Base - 250ml . Protect your finished piece with two coats of this beautiful varnish that actually cleans up in water! The second coat even takes care of accidental streaking. Clear and non-yellowing. For serving trays, etc. 4 coats of varnish are needed.  Av..

Product Code: MV535

Retail Price: $18.36
Ex Tax: $16.69

JO SONJA Satin Polyurethane Varnish 250ml

JO SONJA Satin Polyurethane Varnish 250ml

Satin Polyurethane Varnish - Water Base - 250ml . Protect your finished piece with two coats of this beautiful varnish that actually cleans up in water! The second coat even takes care of accidental streaking. Clear and non-yellowing. For serving trays, etc. 4 coats of varnish are needed.  A..

Product Code: MV540

Retail Price: $18.36
Ex Tax: $16.69

Matisse Acrylic Clear Sealer MM12  250ml

Matisse Acrylic Clear Sealer MM12 250ml

Clear Sealer - 250ml. Specially formulated for folk art techniques.MM12 Clear Sealer can be used on raw wood if you are not using a Matisse Background Colour (which has a built-in sealer) and want to paint a design on the raw wood leaving the natural grain revealed. It can also be used on glass, ..

Product Code: MV258

Retail Price: $15.44
Ex Tax: $14.04

Matisse Acrylic Clear Sealer MM12 1L

Matisse Acrylic Clear Sealer MM12 1L

Clear Sealer - 1L. Specially formulated for folk art techniques.MM12 Clear Sealer can be used on raw wood if you are not using a Matisse Background Colour (which has a built-in sealer) and want to paint a design on the raw wood leaving the natural grain revealed. It can also be used on glass, cer..

Product Code: MV259

Retail Price: $47.38
Ex Tax: $43.07

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Gloss Varnish MM7  250ml

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Gloss Varnish MM7 250ml

Polymer Gloss Varnish - 250mlMM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish & Medium serves both as a gloss finishing varnish and as a glossy additive to the paint. Mixed with Matisse Colours, it increases gloss and flow characteristics. Used as a finishing varnish, it produces a strong, protective, tack-free, cl..

Product Code: MV250

Retail Price: $16.45
Ex Tax: $14.95

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Gloss Varnish MM7 1L

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Gloss Varnish MM7 1L

Polymer Gloss Varnish - 1L. MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish & Medium serves both as a gloss finishing varnish and as a glossy additive to the paint. Mixed with Matisse Colours, it increases gloss and flow characteristics. Used as a finishing varnish, it produces a strong, protective, tack-free, cle..

Product Code: MV251

Retail Price: $52.77
Ex Tax: $47.97

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Matte Varnish MM6  250ml

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Matte Varnish MM6 250ml

Polymer Matte Varnish - 250mlMM6 Polymer Matt Varnish can be used as a final varnish over a dried, well-cured acrylic painting when a flat, matt or very low sheen is required (and the use of MM15 Matt Varnish (turps-based) is not appropriate).Most suitable as a protective coating particularly ove..

Product Code: MV248

Retail Price: $16.45
Ex Tax: $14.95

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Matte Varnish MM6 1L

Matisse Acrylic Polymer Matte Varnish MM6 1L

Polymer Matte Varnish - 1L. MM6 Polymer Matt Varnish can be used as a final varnish over a dried, well-cured acrylic painting when a flat, matt or very low sheen is required (and the use of MM15 Matt Varnish (turps-based) is not appropriate).Most suitable as a protective coating particularly over..

Product Code: MV249

Retail Price: $52.77
Ex Tax: $47.97

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