Professional Mediums

Professional Soluvar Gloss Varnish

Protect your acrylic and oil pieces with a transparent, gloss acrylic layer which can be removed to clean away surface dirt

Size: 237ml (CAN)
$30.49 USD In stock, ready to ship
Key Features
  • Mineral spirit-based varnish adds a gloss 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
  • Allows for easy cleaning without fear of damaging the acrylic paint film
How to Use
  • Before varnishing ensure paint surface is fully dry - 72 hours-two weeks for acrylics, depending on thickness, and 6-12 months for oils
  • Stir gently before use. Use a wide, flat soft-hair brush/pad/spray. Can be thinned with up to 25% true mineral spirits
  • Apply 1-2 coats of Gloss Medium as a permanent isolating barrier first and leave to dry for three days
  • Once completely dry, clean the surface with a lint-free rag dampened with mineral spirits
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Soluvar, leaving 24 hours between coats. 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
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All our paints are intermixable and water-based, with archival results. Tested and certified at Duke University by the ACMI. Conforms to ASTM D4236

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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...

Can I use Liquitex varnishes to varnish a giclee print?

You can varnish giclee prints with Liquitex varnishes. Spray or airbrush Liquitex Gloss Varnish or use Liquitex Soluvar. Starting with a fine mist and working way thicker, apply several coats for best results.

Can I use your varnishes on my oil painting?

You can use all Liquitex Soluvar removable varnishes on oil paintings as these are solvent based. However our permanent varnishes are made with a water-based acrylic formula and are designed only for acrylics. These are not suitable for oil paintings.

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.