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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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Goes on smoothly, easily. BeautIful results.
By Wild beasts
from Canton Mi
Comments about Gamblin Gamvar Varnish:
I use it as a sealer for acrylic paintings. Deepens and intensifies the colors. Apply thinly. You will be pleased.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Uneven and impossible to work with
from Oakland, CA
This review is for the glossy Gamvar. This varnish is a nightmare to work with because it is very thin and runny and no matter how thinly you put it on, expect to see all kinds of drip marks on your artwork. I am going to see if I can remove it, because it is impossible to get it even on larger artworks.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear of the frustration you experience with this varnish, and we'd like to hear more about what brush you were using to apply the varnish. Gamblin does recommend a soft hog bristle brush as opposed to synthetic or other natural hair, as some of these brush types do tend to deposit too much varnish. If we can be of further assistance in troubleshooting your application, we hope you'll give us a call at 1-800-933-2542 or email email@example.com. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST, and they're happy to troubleshoot!
Great for the finishing touch
I use this to varnish my paintings. It goes on clear, easy to work with, and its removable if you need to do something with your painting later. Its flexible and holds up well. When it comes to acrylic painting, make sure to use an isolation layer because it can absord differently in spots. Making the gloss uneven. Otherwise I love this product!
i will buy this product again
By Pleased Oil Painter
from Somerset, KY
I applied the product according to the directions on the Gamblin instructional video. The Gamvar Gloss performed as I had hoped, giving a lovely depth to the colors and a perfect sheen. Because the varnish is thin, it is easy to put on a perfect coat that is not weighty.
By Are We There Yet?
from Trumansburg NY
I tried both gloss and matt varnish and tested on a variety of surfaces, oil on gessoed paper, oil on gessoed board, and oil on plaster. The matt varnish was too uneven for my taste and seemed to dull the surface. The gloss brought out the colors nicely and was even if not put on thickly. The gloss varnish also worked well with my heavily textured surfaces, but some areas seem to have more gloss than other areas. Because I didn't like the matt surface, I tried putting gloss over it and that didn't work, it came out very uneven. I like the fact that this varnish dries quickly.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Definitely buy this again
from Punts Gorda , Fl
First. Time I used this product a friend recommended it and it turned out a beautiful finish on my paintings very pleased
from Fort Lauderdale, FL
It is so great on all my oil paintings
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
so far, OK
Haven't used it enough to know it's full potential. Having a little trouble getting it even.
Varnish of all varnishes
This is said to be a superior varnish to even that of the Dammar kind, thus far it has showed its luminosity and effectiveness in the quality of varnish's ability to brighten the brights and deepen the darks. The packaging is great as well, a thin but solid plastic bottle that holds its value.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great Product (original gloss)
By LarK Art
from Lake Tahoe, CA
I had disbelief about the square feet this varnish would cover, but it can be applied very thinly with a bristle brush and a scrubbing motion. I recommend watching the video on Gamblin's website. I pour a thimble size amount (for 3-4 painting) in a plastic container, dip my brush quickly and I can cover a 12"x16" painting. And, I don't need to wash the brush either, just wipe the brush well and let it dry.The gloss value is light, so, I like that. I can also keep brushing it as it starts to dry to reduce the gloss too.
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