• How can I remove varnish from my painting?

    All water emulsion varnishes are permanent and therefore not removable. Liquitex Soluvar is removable.

    Follow these steps to remove Soluvar from your painting: All Liquitex water emulsion-based varnishes are permanent and therefore NOT removable. Liquitex Soluvar Final Varnish is removable with mineral spirits. The steps to remove this varnish are:

    Remove varnish in clean, well-ventilated area.

    Wear a duel filter respirator (NIOSH approved) and neoprene gloves. Dampen a small piece of lint free, soft, white cloth with mineral spirits (not “odorless”) or turpentine – nothing stronger. Do not use ketones or paint removers.

    Work horizontally. Apply mineral spirits generously and allow it to lay on surface for 15-30 minutes. Check periodically. Longer times may be necessary, depending upon age of artwork and strength of mineral spirits. If varnish is not dissolving or dissolving slowly, use a higher strength mineral spirits or turpentine (cover with plastic to slow down evaporation of mineral spirits). Stronger mineral spirits are not labeled as such, but have a stronger odor.

    Rub cloth gently over a small area 1-2 square inches (3-5 cm') until varnish starts to dissolve.

    Using a clean cloth and clean solvent, rub the area again to remove residue. Repeat this procedure for the entire area to be cleaned. If any paint color shows on the cloth, stop immediately and allow the surface to dry.

    Allow painting to dry before reapplying a fresh coat of Soluvar Final Picture Varnish.

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