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Golden's Mineral Spirit Acrylic (MSA) Varnish with Ultraviolet Light Stabilizers (UVLS) is a mineral spirit based acrylic resin system that can be applied to acrylic, oil, and alkyd painted surfaces. It is removable with mineral spirits after drying and can be used for interior or exterior applications. It is available in your choice of Gloss, Matte, or Satin finishes.
Note — Golden MSA Acrylic Varnish has a thicker viscosity than traditional varnishes, which helps maintain a more even suspension of solid particles. It must be thinned with Golden MSA Solvent before use.
Golden MSA Solvent
Golden's MSA Solvent is the ideal solvent for thinning Golden MSA Topcoats, which must be thinned before use. MSA Solvent assures clear, clean, even application time after time. This solvent can also be used to remove an MSA topcoat at a later time for restoration purposes.
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Works for me!
from Oklahoma City, OK
Comments about Golden MSA Acrylic Varnish:
Perfect for what I needed.
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Great finish to my paintings
from Dallas, TX
Works well with my style of painting!
from Newton, Iowa
I, use the msa matte varnish for my finish of out door relief sculpture. I use it over Golden gak 500. It works great on both ceramic and Gfrc for exterior use as well as interior. I have used it for a decade plus. Its very durable.
Golden is golden and the ppice is right
from Ocean Springs, MS
I always apply golden MSA varnish for my acrylic painting.
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Toxic, But Amazing Results
from Charleston, SC
I have used this varnish for solely for oil paintings on rigid surfaces. The results are fantastic, but come with the price that the product is wicked toxic. If you do not have adequate ventilation, it will be problematic. Use a respirator when mixing and applying. You must be very careful brushing it on to keep a wet edge. Work, quickly and brush in one direction. There will be slight streaking from super oblique angles, but that streaking will dissapear when viewed from head on. Also, you will probably not be able to fully clean your brush and will want to add that into the cost. For far superior results, spray it on using an air compressor and HPLV sprayer. I have yet to find a better varnish using this method, as it provides a thick, even surface in the matte or gloss (I have yet to use the satin varnish).
The Best Varnish
By Terry Smith Studios
from Little Rock, AR
I've used this for over 20 years for my oil paintings. It's the best varnish available. Tip: If you want an acrylic painting to have the sheen of an oil, then use this.
Golden MSA acrylic varnish
from Arlington, WA
I use this varnish for both my oil and acrylic paintins
By Adam Swanson
from Duluth, MN
This varnish is really quite good. It is my first time using it, but it went down really easily. I think the isolation coat (recommended for acrylic paints) was a good idea, despite the extra expense. I used it for a 24ft x 4ft outdoor mural, on MDO panel that will be getting a lot of sun and weather. Time will tell if the mural will last throughout the ages, but this varnish went down clear. I used two coats of glossy MSA and it really kept my darks dark and brights bright. I have used other Golden varnish for indoor murals and this MSA is the best result I've had so far.I appreciate the great customer service. i spoke with a representative about my purchase before I clicked submit and was glad I did!
I was hesitant about purchasing this after reading reviews that it was difficult to open the jar. But - it's really quite easy if you follow the directions. (use a screw driver, puncture the lid & pop the lid off) The fumes are very strong, need lots of ventilation! Gave my work a nice finish.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
It was hard to open. other than that it is a good product and will use again.
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