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Krylon UV Archival Varnish offers the highest UV protection available in a protective coating. Its non-yellowing formula protects against fading, dirt, moisture, and discoloration in artworks created using acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints, as well as oil pastels and colored pencils. UV Archival Varnish is removable for conservation purposes.
Although the varnish dries to touch in 10–15 minutes under normal conditions, wait two hours before handling artwork to avoid fingerprints. The manufacturer recommends the following finishes, based on the medium. Follow the manufacturer's general recommendations for the level of finish, or enhance a work of art by choosing a higher or lower level of finish as desired:
Krylon's Gallery Series Artist Sprays and Clear Coatings are sure to become the artist's choice for protecting, preserving, and beautifying works of art.
All Gallery Series products include a powerful combination of Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HALS) and an exclusive UV Absorber (UVA) for maximum protection from ultraviolet light, and advanced protection against smudging, smearing, fading, yellowing, cracking, moisture damage, and more.
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® Krylon is a registered trademark of the Sherwin-Williams Company.™ Gallery Series is a trademark.
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Gallery Series Artist Sprays are available in a variety of formulations to ensure compatibility not only with artists' materials and techniques, but also with their overall vision. Use Gallery Series products during the creative process to provide a final, invisible layer of protection — or to further enhance artworks with several sheen options, including matte, gloss, semi-gloss, and satin. Like all Krylon products, Gallery Series sprays are easy to apply and they dry quickly.
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Krylon spray for Paintings
from Santa Cruz, CA
Comments about Krylon Gallery Series Artist Sprays and Clear Coatings:
Used to seal surface of ink and crayon on multi-media paintings.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great spray varnish
Love this spray varnish. UV protection.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Love the look, hate the smell
from Keaau, HI
I usually use Liquitex varnish on my acrylic paintings (LOVE it), but recently bought some liquid acrylics for fine-line work. I found that the Liquitex, when applied with a brush, completely smeared the liquid acrylic. (Black lines on white! Aaaaa!) I had just bought this Krylon UV Archival and thought I'd try on a piece I hadn't yet varnished. Did a test first, natch, and no smears and the varnish went on nice and even with no overspray like I've gotten with other products! I'm 4 out of 5 stars happy.The thing I am NOT happy about is that it is pretty smelly - like using spray paint. Good thing I did the project outside! I have asthma and this is why I hadn't used spray varnish. Sure enough, it's too much for me without wearing a respirator. With a respirator, no smell at all while spraying. It is now 2 days later and it still has a bit of a smell in the room I'm keeping it in, so I hope it calms down by an art event in 4 days. I used the gloss and the piece came out nice and shiny like I like.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
very pleased with results
By mountain top painter
from mountains of pennsylvania
i work in a combination of watercolor and tempera paint.. was very concerned about the disastrous reviews I read but wanted a good UV protection. MOST IMPORTANT THING is to keep the humidity in your work area as low as possible.. i run dehumidifiers to get humidity below 50%.. if the humidity is too high, you may get cloudiness or poor results.. KEEP THE HUMIDITY VERY LOW AND YOU SHOULD GET GOOD RESULTS...
The Varnish Professional Use
By monkey business
from Santa Fe, NM
Krylon Gallery Series Archival Varnish in Satin is by the best varnish I have ever used. It glides on with no spray ring. It dries fast and leaves a professional finish on all types of painting surfaces that I work with be it oil or acrylic. I'll never change brands and thankfully Blick carries it. Thank you Blick!!!!
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Fix to Fading Problem reported by Others
By Watercolor Guy
from San Jose, CA
Many reviewers have commented on how this varnish causes their watercolors to fade or discolor. I have had the same experience, but I have found a quick and easy solution that restores your damaged paintings.I spoke with a Krylon chemist, and they suggested that this problem could occur if atmospheric conditions create uneven drying to the varnished surface. Once the varnish has had 24 hours to dry, simply lightly recoat the affected/faded areas of your painting (or the entire painting if necessary). You will see that the colors resaturate to their original beauty, and when the coat of varnish dries, they retain their saturation. I'm not clear on the chemistry behind this, but it really works! This issue happens to me on about 25% of the paintings I spray, and I have saved every one by simply following this simple recoating step.I only give the product 4 stars, because it is frustrating that it has this issue with watercolor paints. But otherwise it is easy to use.Just make sure that even after you clear the nozzle by inverting the can and spraying till air comes out, that you remove the spray button and drop it in a jar of mineral spirits until you next need it, otherwise the nozzle WILL clog after a few uses, regardless if you "clear" it between uses according to manufacturer instructions.
Just do a TEST STRIP
By Always covered in Charcoal
from Los Angeles, CA
Im working in heavy heavy charcoals, and a week before a portrait is going in an artshow, I bought a new brand of fixative. Who knew this would be a disaster right?I of course having used a ton of other fixatives was a moron and didnt use a test strip. Sprayed the piece and in the graphite shaded areas, it disappeared mostly, but on the pure carbon charcoal beautiful blacks, it came out spotty white everywhere. WHAT A HEART ATTACK. I told myself it would probably dissapear when it dries, but it didnt... I guess some people have success with this brand, just do a test strip for the love of all that is holy. I'm going to have a ton of fun getting this piece show ready now...
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We are very sorry to hear that your piece was damaged by the fixative. As a rule, we recommend testing fixatives and varnishes on a scrap piece before spraying your final work. Not only does this protect your piece from potential damage, but it allows you to familiarize yourself with the product's properties. Please let us know anytime you receive a product that is defective, or does not perform as expected, we are happy to help you with a return or exchange.
First time user (Matte)
from Milwaukee, WI
I selected "average" on the required questions to compare this product's quality and price with competitive products, since I haven't compared it to competitive offerings. This is my first attempt to use a spray varnish. To date, all of my other art pieces were learning attempts, so I finished with any ordinary acrylic medium. Now that I'm attempting to create something more marketable in the art community, I'm checking out proper products. As far as spray action, this product applied smoothly in light mist back and forth actions. I applied it to a photo transfer on claybord, which provided enough tooth that I could add pastel/chalk colors over the transfer. I then sprayed the product again, which caused some of the pastel colors to remain intact while others faded away. I'm not sure if the fading was a result of applying a spray liquid over pastel or because I didn't first use a fixative. I'll be trying a fixative next. But, the product did give a matte finish for this application, slightly grainy/toothy to the touch. It's been at least 6 hours since I sprayed my art in the garage, and the piece still has a chemical smell. Hopefully that fades with time, but I wish it would fade faster.
Easy to apply, did the job.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Ruined my painting
from Saint Paul, MN
Initially went into buy the Golden matte varnish but was out of stock and the Krylon matte was available and was a little cheaper. The spray worked fine but it left a white haze all over my watercolor on aquaboard painting and now it's ruined. I'm so bummed because the painting was going to a friend. I'm returning for the Golden.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this product did work as expected. We recommend testing any spray varnish on a scrap piece prior to applying on finished work. We hope that the replacement product will better meet your needs.
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