Professional Mediums

Professional Satin Varnish

Seal your acrylic work with a transparent, satin acrylic layer which is breathable, permanent and protects against UV damage.

Size: 237ml
$33.00 CAD In stock, ready to ship
Key Features
  • 100% acrylic polymer varnish adds a satin sheen, protects and resists dirt retention
  • Increases brightness and color saturation and dries clear to a flexible, non-tacky, hard surface
  • Improves surface durability - ideal when shipping or exhibiting
  • Resists discoloration - yellowing and fogging - caused by humidity, heat and UV
  • Semi-opaque when wet, transparent when dry
How to Use
  • Before varnishing ensure paint surface is fully dry (72 hours-two weeks depending on thickness)
  • Ensure your space is well ventilated and dirt and dust-free. As this is permanent, do a patch test first
  • Stir gently before use. Do not thin with water, shake or vigorously over-brush as this can result in surface bubbles and a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • Use long, even strokes, covering the surface top to bottom while moving from one side to the other - don't go over bits you have missed but leave to dry and then re-varnish area. Don’t apply with a roller or sponge brush
  • Apply 1-2 thin coats, allowing at least three hours dry time between coats. If you require more than two layers, first use Gloss Varnish as a base layer and build to your desired thickness, then apply Satin Varnish as your top coat
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Even though they're tough and durable, acrylics love varnish. It's not just about protection; acrylic varnish helps unify your surface finish and increase color saturation, while slowing UV ageing and keeping out dust/dirt. And if you're moving pieces around or transporting them, varnish gives you an extra damage control. Whether you work inside or outdoors, our 11 varnishes can be used on all types of artwork. Choose from different surface sheens, application methods (spray or brush-on) and permanent or removable options. Our iconic Soluvar range allows you to periodically lift the varnish and reapply a fresh coat, while Gloss Spray increases color saturation and is ideal for heavily textured or vertical applications.


Useful guides for working with Varnishes.


Other creatives have asked us...

Is it possible to create a custom satin varnish?

Yes, you can mix our High Gloss, Gloss, Satin and Matte Varnishes to create your perfect level of sheen. The formulas are all compatible - just make sure you don't mix them vigorously as you may capture air bubbles and cause a cloudy effect.

Why do I need to varnish my acrylic work?

Varnishing acrylic works protects against damage, dirt, UV light, unifies sheen, and enhances color. Liquitex offers Basics and Professional varnishes.