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Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Gamblin Gamvar Gloss Varnish saturates and gives greater depth to the colors in your painting and gives your work a unified and protective semi-gloss surface.
Virtually odorless, premixed, and ready to apply, Gamvar Gloss goes on water-clear, stays water-clear, and can be easily and safely removed with Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits.
Gamvar Gloss can be applied with a brush when the thickest areas of your painting are thoroughly dry and firm to the touch. Spray application is not recommended.
The 4.2 oz size covers approximately 80 square feet (7.5 square meters). The 8.5 oz size covers approximately 160 square feet (15 square meters). The 16.9 oz size covers approximately 320 square feet (30 square meters).
To achieve different finishes, you can also use Gamvar in Matte or Satin. Gamvar Matte reduces surface sheen while maintaining the deepest values in your painting. Gamvar Satin saturates the colors in your work but dries to a lower gloss level compared to original Gamvar Gloss.
Note — Original formula Gamvar Varnish is now called Gamvar Gloss. The formula hasn't changed, just the name.
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Masterful results, Awesome time saver
from St. Augustine, FL
Comments about Gamblin Gamvar Varnish:
I love how this varnish makes brings my paintings up to a gorgeous finished look. It also dries so fast, it allows me to spend more time painting and much less time with the varnishing process. I can ship my paintings so much faster. Seriously cant imagine life before this stuff.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Just me
It's good, goes on easy. My only complaint is that it's in a plastic bottle, which looks and feels cheep. This should be in glass!
from Flagstaff, AZ
Finally, an oil varnish that can be applied when paint is touch dry. It is easy to apply, lower odor, and looks great, no streaks. Highly recommend.
By Sandy the tile painter
from Greenfield township, Pa.
I painted two coats of gamvar varnish over a tile that I painted with alcohol ink. It did not run and is is very shiny. It looks great.
Gamvar is good.
By A is for artist.
from Buffalo, New York
Very low odor , easy and lovely looking application. Removal is much easier with Gamsol.
Great service and promt delivery
By Noa Artist
from Grand Junction, CO
The product applies as described in Gamblin's video. It makes the color richer and went on very quickly.
Varnish Easily Applied
from Dallas, TX
I was pleased with the ease with which the varnish was applied. There were no brush strokes visible and one could stroke from any angle. It was a bit glossier than I would have chosen. But I was pleased with the overall effect.
I would buy this product again, the best I used, very good b
from Boston, MA
To varnish my oils and acrylics paintings, no problem using
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Tampa, FL
I use Gamvar on acrylics after a 2:1 Golden soft gel gloss to water isolation coat and directly over oils. You don't have to mix Gamvar like the Golden liquid varnish I used prior. Gamvar is like water and doesn't smell. I can clean the dust off paintings now with a damp cloth. I heard about it on a Will Kemp youtube. He recommended it.
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