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03-27-2018, 08:29 AM
Okay, so I got this painting (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1445131) that I finished recently. Now, I wanna add that little extra bit of oomph, so I figured a high-gloss finish would do the trick.

So, I figured I'd go and varnish it. I bought this varnish (https://www.royaltalens.com/en-gb/brands/amsterdam/auxiliaries/protection/amsterdam-acrylic-varnish-high-gloss-113/). But I've been googling and youtubing my butt off trying to find some good info on how to go about this, and find that it's kinda difficult to find consistant info on the subject. And to be honest, it kinda scares the crap outta me! I'm quite afraid I'll do a poor or sloppy job finishing it, or if there's important things about this procedure I'm not minding. So here's a few questions; if anyone can easy my mind on these issues I'd be much obliged.

I think I've got the right varnish; this one's made especially for acrylic paints and should provide the shiny look that I'm going for. But what about the brush? Should I apply this with a foam brush or a bristle brush? I want it to be as even and 'glassy' as possible.

Should I do a single coat or multiple coats? How much time in between? I've read somewhere it's better to apply a single, even coat and only put the strokes one way, and I've read somewhere else it's better to apply multiple coats right after one another and go both ways (vertical and horizontal).

The sides, can I do them while the painting is laid down to do the main painting?

Any other tips or things to keep in mind?


03-27-2018, 09:01 AM
Ungoogle yourself. :lol: :lol: :wave: Go to goldenpaints.com, click the technical information link and find the articles on varnishing.

Follow those instructions.