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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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Great Matte Final Varnish
from Readstown, WI
Comments about Gamblin Gamvar Varnish:
I don't like a glossy picture, harder to see and you have to move around to see it because of the gloss, with this matte varnish you solve these problems and are able to see the picture from any angle.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Miami, Florida
A practical and useful varnish.
Gamblin Satin Varnish
By Professional Educator/artist
The Satin Varnish dried very unevenly, even after two coats. The Company's website has excellent instructional videos which I followed to the letter. I ended up having to use gloss to even out the surface. The Gamvar Gloss worked well and it isn't as shiny as other varnishes.Love all Gamblin products, but Satin is the first one I would not recommend.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the Gamvar Satin. This particular varnish should be applied as a single, very thin layer. If your surface has an uneven sheen or absorbency, correct this prior to varnishing by oiling out, and then the single application of Gamvar will appear uniform. For more information on oiling out, or for with assistance with any products we offer, we hope you'll feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am - 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2542 or email@example.com, and they're happy to work with you!
Don't have to wait months to varnish oil paintings
By Miz Katie
from Wichita, KS
I like being able to varnish my oil paintings without having to wait months for them to dry thoroughly. This is the first time I'm using Gamvar, and I will be buying it again.
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from Saint Louis
I use this as a finishing coat for oil paintings. It's great because you can varnish an oil with this as soon as it is dry to the touch, no need to wait extra weeks or months. Gives the painting a nice overall sheen and livens up the colors.
Gamvar low gloss
from West tisbury ma
This is a new product and the first time I've used it. It gives a low gloss finish, goes on smoothly and drys evenly. I like it.
Disappointed in SATIN
from San Jose, CA
This review is for the new SATIN sheen. I typically have used the regular glossy Gamvar and been very happy with it. Sadly, the satin was far more matte than I wanted. Combining the two created inconsistent results. If you're looking for a step down from full gloss, this is not it. Will keep experimenting since this is my go-to varnish and I can't wait 6+mos for a painting to dry before it goes out.
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with this varnish. We're sorry to hear that you haven't obtained the results you were looking for. Please know that our Product Specialists would be glad to further discuss options to fine-tune the sheen and obtain more a more consistent outcome. Just give us a call at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to work with you!
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Best Varnish I've found!
By J Lay
from San Angelo, TX
This is the best varnish I've used. It is easy to control and to see where you've varnished and the best thing is that there's NO SMELL!
nice non-glossy sheen
By Joseph K.
from New Jersey, USA
This is a nice alternative to the regular (glossy) Gamvar. It enriches any flattened out colors, it's easy to apply and dries relatively quickly. I really like the degree of sheen that this provides.
Good product, a little pricey, and follow instructions!
By The old gug
from Greensboro, NC
I suggest looking at the YouTube video by gramlim on how to apply. The first time a used it I put it on too thick and the painting was full of streaks. I has to remove it and start over putting it on very very thin. Worked great then. No smell at all! The main reason I tried it because it is safe to use on a painting in just a few weeks.
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