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Golden Hard MSA Varnish can be used over a wide variety of paints, including acrylic, oil, alkyd, egg tempera, watercolor, and casein. It dries to a tough, non-flexible protective finish. As a topcoat for acrylics, it provides a harder, lower tack surface than other varnishes and is much less susceptible to dirt and marring.
With the benefit of UVLS (ultraviolet light filters and stabilizers), this varnish provides increased resistance to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, making it suitable for exterior as well as interior applications. For restoration purposes, the varnish may be removed with aromatic solvents.
Golden Hard MSA Gloss Varnish dries to a highly reflective finish. Hard MSA Satin Varnish offers moderate reflection, similar to most matte varnishes. The Hard MSA Matte Varnish finish is exceptionally flat. The different finishes can be intermixed, or used sequentially, to achieve the sheen you desire.
Golden MSA Solvent
Golden's Mineral Spirit Acrylic Solvent is the ideal solvent for thinning Golden MSA Varnishes, which must be thinned before use. MSA Solvent assures clear, clean, even application time after time. Golden MSA Solvent can also be used to remove MSA Varnish at a later time for restoration purposes.
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Varnishing a Cow
from Grover Beach, CA
Comments about Golden Hard MSA Varnish:
I needed to varnish a fiberglass cow I painted for a charity event. Golden Hard MSA Varnish worked great! I followed the directions to mix it the the Golden MSA solvent and it was beautifully smooth and easy to apply, even on a 3D surface. Clean up was also done with the solvent. Definitely use this in a well ventilated area.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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This varnish seems really thick, it isn't easy to use, still working with it and hope that ultimately it will work out.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. For a brush application, Golden recommends thinning to a ratio of 3 parts varnish to 1 part MSA solvent, but you can adjust that as needed, adding more solvent to get the varnish to a more brushable consistency. If you find it’s still not working well for you, please feel welcome to reach out to our Product Information Team. Just give us a call at 1-800-933-2542 or email email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to assist you!
By Napa artist
from My studio
I puchased the gloss, satin and matte varnishes from Blick and followed the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. I applied the gloss varnish first to seal my artwork using the specified proportions of varnish to solvent by the manufacturer. I then intermixed the satin with the gloss as my second layer after letting the first layer dry for 4-5 hours. The result was TERRIBLE -- various areas of the artwork's surface bloomed so badly that I had to remove the varnish with the MSA solvent. I re-applied the varnish following the manufacturer's instructions again. And it still bloomed. Ruined my artwork. I truly cannot recommend this product. Use at your own risk.
Merchant response: We're truly sorry for the experience you had with this varnish. The blooming you describe may be the result of varnish application in too-humid conditions. Golden recommends using a source of warm, forced air over the surface to induce the evaporation of excess moisture and restore clarity. Please know that our Product Specialists are available to help you troubleshoot and advise on how to best test a varnish prior to application on a valuable piece. You can reach our Product Information Team at 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am to 5:30pm CST) or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll be happy to help you!
Everything was great!
from Bay St. Louis, MS
Golden fluid acrylics and mediums - really good.
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