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person
08-28-2008, 01:36 AM
What sort of protectant do I coat a finished acrylic painting with? Like a varnish? or what? brands? Reccomendations?

gracias

OkeeKat
08-28-2008, 02:04 AM
I use a mix of 1/4 grumbacher gloss medium and 3/4 liquitex matt varnish/medium.. Then not toooo much shine and wont reflect light and distract from the painting. Yes you should varnish to protect from the elements. you can go to golden, liqutex and other sites and read what they say on varnishes. if you are putting it behind glass with a matt to keep it off the glass its not necessary to varnish it... but will maintain the canvas/paper alot long if it is. Hope this helps.

Bizkit
08-28-2008, 02:45 AM
Yup, I use Liquitex either Gloss or Satin finish depending on the sheen I want........

Adriantmax
08-28-2008, 03:38 AM
I usually use golden satin varnish with UV protectant. You should varnish because it also brings out the freshness of the colours to something closer to what the painting looked like when you were painting it as well as bringing back some transparency to your glaze layers.. Acrylics have a tendency to look a bit dull once dry and a coat of varnish fixes this.

connievanwinssen
08-28-2008, 04:16 AM
IF I varnish (sometimes) I use Talens spray varnish matte

sonita
08-28-2008, 07:53 AM
I use Liquitex Satin and/or matt varnish. I didn't use any isolation coat in the past but will start to do so in the future. It just makes sense to have an xtra coat between varnish and painting to keep the painting protected in case the varnish will be taken off for cleaning at some point :)
Soni

Einion
08-28-2008, 09:00 AM
Hi, welcome to WC! and the Acrylics forum.

We have a sticky thread near the head of the first page of the forum, ***Starting tips and posting guides*** where we ask that if you have a question about something that might have been asked before please try a quick search before starting a new thread, with tips on how to search below that.

Previous threads on varnishing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513090
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=501362
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=496290
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487136

Einion