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05-19-2004, 11:33 PM
I am extrememly new to acrylics- plan to take a class in the fall but playing around until then. Have a question- Are you supposed to varnish the final painting- is this a choice or needed? What does the varnish do exactly? Is it regular varnish you buy from the hardware store? Sorry for my ignorance.

05-20-2004, 01:36 AM
Welcome. I have just finished doing a great deal of research on varnish for acrylic paintings. My first experience was somewhat disastrous. There is a lot of information on this site if you do a search on varnish in the acrylic form. The purpose I suppose is to protect the work, and if you get one with UVLS, it will protect from fading. It isn't regular varnish from the hardware store. There are special varnishes made for painting. Some are removable, some not, some waterbased, and some are mixed with turpentine. They come in three finishes matt, satin and gloss. Beware of some, as they can yellow over time.
It all depends on the effect you want to achieve. For me, matt is scary, as it can cloud. They have to be applied correctly. Personally I have settled for two by Golden: Polymar Varnish with UVLS Satin & Msa Varnish with UVLS Satin. I bought the latter first, but I do not have proper ventilation and it must be done outside, so I got the polymar, as it is water based and can be done inside. I haven't taken the plunge to use them yet as I am a bit gunshy, but I need to do it very soon. I have been putting it off.
Two websites that I know of which have a lot of resources are: www.goldenpaints.com (http://www.goldenpaints.com) and
www.liquitex.com (http://www.liquitex.com)

05-20-2004, 08:48 AM
Wow- thanks!! You are a wealth of information. Thanks for the input and explanations. :clap: