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Professional Soluvar Matte Varnish


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


8oz/237ml 32oz/946ml




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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What it does
  • Mineral spirit-based varnish adds a matte sheen, protects and resists dirt retention
  • Dries clear to a flexible, non-tacky, hard surface
  • Increases brightness and color saturation
  • Adjusts and unifies surface sheen
  • Improves surface durability - ideal when shipping or exhibiting
  • Protects colors from UV light damage
  • Resists discoloration - yellowing and fogging - caused by humidity, heat and UV
  • Depending on the substrate it allows surface moisture to pass through and breathe
  • Has excellent levelling properties - will not hold brushmarks
  • Use on flexible or rigid supports
  • Designed for interior and exterior use
How to use it


  • Before varnishing ensure paint surface is fully dry - 72 hours-two weeks for acrylics, depending on thickness, and 6-12 months for oils
  • Ensure your space is well ventilated and dirt and dust-free
  • Place the artwork flat on a surface - always varnish horizontally
  • Stir gently before use - the matting agents in the formula can settle during storage, so stirring will help these re-dissolve
  • Can be thinned with up to 25% true mineral spirits
  • Use a wide, flat soft-hair brush/pad/spray
  • 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
  • While applying, look for surface bubbles by inspecting it from all angles and even them out immediately


  • Work in a clean, well-ventilated area
  • Wear a dual filter respirator (NIOSH-approved) and neoprene gloves
  • Use a small piece of soft, white, lint-free cloth dampened with true mineral spirits or turps. Lay the cloth on the surface for 15-30 minutes, checking to see if varnish is being dissolved. If it's taking longer, use a higher strength of the spirit and cover the area with plastic to slow down evaporation
  • After 15-30 minutes, rub the cloth over a small area 1-2 square inches until the Soluvar layer starts to dissolve
  • Using a clean cloth and more solvent, rub the area again to remove residue
  • Working horizontally, continue the same process for the entire area to be cleaned
  • If any paint comes off on the cloth, stop immediately and move onto another area
  • Once completed allow the surface to dry before reapplying a fresh coat of Soluvar
How not to use it
  • Do not shake or vigorously over-brush as this can result in surface bubbles and a foggy, hazy look when dry
  • Don't apply with a roller or sponge brush
  • Don't apply in one thick coat, but several thin coats, to avoid brush marks, drips and cloudiness
  • Don't go back over areas you have already done, as this can cause clouding
  • Don't use odorless mineral spirits, paint removers, ketones or any other harsh solvents


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