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Ideal for acrylic or oil works, Soluvar varnishes are solvent based, durable, and non-yellowing. They reduce surface "tack," pressure sensitivity, and static electrical buildup. They dry to a clear, water-resistant surface that protects the painting from dust and dirt.
Soluvar varnishes also provide a measure of UV protection, by diffusing ultraviolet radiation before it contacts the painting. A thicker varnish film provides greater protection.
Soluvar varnishes are flexible, and will not craze or crack with changes in humidity and temperature. Mix matte and gloss varnishes together to achieve a range of matte or gloss effects.
Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish is recommended to be used as an isolation barrier, which acts as permanent protection for the painting prior to the application of Soluvar varnish.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Liquitex products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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Protecting acrylic paint outdoors
from Rapid River, MI
Comments about Liquitex Soluvar Varnish:
Easy to use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Patricia Lintner
from Staples MN
Although the matte can be a bit misleading as it really is not matte, I love the varnish because of it's ease of use and protection.
Easy, excellent results, and a true varnish ...
By J. Vincent that paints fish!
from College Station, TX
I've used Liquitex Sol-u-var Varnish for many years, on hundreds of my acrylic paintings, and I am really pleased with the quality and archival nature of this varnish. I use it fairly liberally, on my finished and dried acrylic paintings and it results in a deep, rich, clear finish. I like how this varnish deepens the darks a bit, and brightens the lights in my work! It's very close to the look of a fresh, wet paint application, which is what I see first as I apply the paint in my paintings. It brings the painting back into focus, in my opinion. Very nice!It's also a true varnish, in that, it can be removed and re-applied in the future. Important for works that are stored in less than ideal situations perhaps; but, I really like best the true archival nature of Sol-u-var Varnish from Liquitex.It's moderately priced, and easy to use. Easy to purchase through Blick at a very fair price, imo.I've used this varnish for nearly 20 years, and paintings varnished then look as fresh and crisp as the day they were varnished. I think you'll like it.One note, when applying, try different speed brush strokes to find the application speed that works best for you. Early on, I found that certain brush strokes were resulting in tiny sir bubbles, and while they are easy to brush out, it takes a bit of concentration and focus on the speed of the brush stroke to best eliminate the tiny air bubbles from the surface of the newly varnished painting.
Practice will make perfect!
By I Paint
from So. Utah
It took a while to get comfortable w/this product. It can "puddle" if not used quickly and efficiently. I ruined one painting - impossible to remove. I use this product over acrylic paintings. Use it in a well ventilated room with no dust or insects flying around! I use the smallest bottle I think I will need as it gets thick after it is opened up. I level my canvases on two saw horses. The matte finish is beautiful. I would suggest practicing on a canvas you don't have a masterpiece on!
Great product Great sevice
Use as a final coating on painting
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
really IS glossy!
By Joan of Art
from Pearland, TX
I paint on wood, 300lb watercolor paper with gesso and canvas with mixed media as well as oils.After experimenting with various products for several years I am sold on this for a high gloss varnish with a pretty fast try time for humid climate. I will definitely use it again.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Frustrating at times, but it's the best I've found
I use both the spray version of this varnish, as well as the liquid version for different applications. Really I would give the product a 3.5 rating, because although the results are usually good, the product/process can be frustrating.Recently I have had difficulty with the spray varnish. I have no complaints with the varnish itself, but the dispenser is problematic. The force of the spray is weak, and sometimes tends to sputter. I've gotten in the habit of saving the plastic valve depressors from spent cans, because I often have to swap them out on cans that become clogged. I'm on the website today because I begrudgingly have to order more after a brand new can worked for about 2 seconds and then stopped spraying. I tried replacing the plastic depressor, but it didn't help, so I have a full can of useless varnish.As for the liquid version, I've had to do some concocting. The gloss is too glossy, and the matte is too matte, so I mix about 2 parts gloss with 1 part matte and 1 part paint thinner. Without the thinner it can be too viscous to apply. Unfortunately this also means that it usually takes two coats to get an even finish, as a single coat often appears cloudy in areas. The second coat is much more difficult to apply, also, as the varnish quickly becomes difficult to spread once it makes contact with the previous coat and becomes gummy. Sometimes the finish is uneven after a second coat, and a third coat just makes the surface too glossy. So in those cases I have to scrub off the varnish with a paint-thinner-soaked brush, and start all over. I've also found the varnish is easily marred if something stays in contact with the surface for too long. Again, this requires that the entire coat of varnish be stripped and re-applied. So this liquid version is as frustrating as the spray version, but I haven't found anything else that levels itself enough to prevent brush marks from showing.
Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback! One of our Customer Care Representatives will be in touch with you, because it sounds like you may have received a defective can.Varnish application can be an art in itself, and our Product Information team is here to help. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at 1-800-933-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to help!
Varnish for acrylics and oils.
from Boston, GA
I have used the varnish on acrylics and oils. Love the look of my paintings after applying the varnish. The colors really pop, and it is quick drying.
Easy to use, just need to be in well ventilated area. Very strong odor. Odor decreases significantly after 24 hrs. Covers smoothly.
A good replacement for the older varnish
By Linda who paints
from Springville, UT
This is a new product, for me. I am used to the Conserve Art line of varnishes, that are now discontinued. I found this product to be very comparable. Thank goodness it was available, here, because I could not find it in art supply stores in my area.
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