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Liquitex High Gloss Varnish-8oz, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) High Gloss Varnish

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Archival; Permanent; Non-Removable; Gloss finish
Lightweight, non-toxic; Dries to a non-tacky, hard, flexible surface; Non-yellowing and water-resistant when dry
Includes 8-oz / 237ml bottle of medium
Intermixable with Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paint Colors and Mediums.
Conforms to ASTM D4236; Safe for educational use

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Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Varnish Mediums protect the painting surface from the environment and protect the pigments from ultraviolet light. Additionally, varnishes can be used to change or unify a painting’s surface sheen. Liquitex varnishes come in several different sheens which can all be intermixed for a customized sheen. Liquitex Archival Permanent Varnish Finishing Medium is a low-odor, permanent and durable medium with water-based technology, translucent when wet, clear when dry. Resists discoloring (non-yellowing, non-fogging) due to humidity heat and ultraviolet light. Can be used with Spray Paint, Heavy Body, Soft Body. Dries to a non-tacky, hard, flexible surface that is resistant to dirt retention. Hard, archival, non-yellowing and water-resistant when dry. Protects acrylic color from harsh elements. For interior and exterior use. APPLICATION: Apply as a final varnish over dry acrylic paint. Varnish surface and environment must be clean, dry and dust free. Acrylic paintings must be completely dried and cured for 48-72 hours before varnishing. Application may be done by brush or spray. Generally a sprayed application will be thinner, smoother and more even. Rolling or sponging application is not recommended. Caution: Acrylic paints and mediums become increasingly brittle in cold weather. Do not apply below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Visit our Liquitex CARTGET Storefront for full product assortment.

Specification: Liquitex High Gloss Varnish-8oz, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) High Gloss Varnish

Weight 9.5 lbs
Dimensions 2.25 × 2.25 × 5.69 in

12 reviews for Liquitex High Gloss Varnish-8oz, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) High Gloss Varnish

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  1. JARED B.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND practicing the use of this varnish before applying to a grand work of art as this can ruin it very quickly. I use this brands high gloss varnish to cover, protect and add a shiny gloss clear coat over my acrylic paintings. Even though Liquitex brand cost more it’s worth the money for the end results. Other cheaper varnishes I’ve used have turned out to dry with a milky fog look, definitely not clear or near the shine level of what one thinks of GLOSS finish. A poor quality varnish can ruin a perfect masterpiece. _________________________________________________ I have learned a few tricks to create a glass smooth finish that dries 100% clear. Feel free to try them yourself. *apply generous amount on art work. *use silicone brush (reduces brush stroke ) to spread thick layer over artwork. *once cover in thick coat, begin to smooth varnish and remove extra run off by Holding brush almost horizontal with no pressure drag the brush across the top from left to full right past the canvas end allowing runoff to fall away from art work. The weight of brush will be enough to remove extra product but leave enough for the perfect coat thickness. Use light shinning off canvas to judge thickness. 2 coats will smooth the grit texture of canvas. * Any start or stop point of the brush will show up, so start stroke off canvas travel across to the other side continuing the stroke off the canvas. Over lap strokes at edge to smooth previous brush line. * Since product starts drying rather quickly, work fast and DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX ANY BLEMISHES or thin areas AFTER you’ve begun to smooth product. It will only make it worse. Can be fixed with another full coat. *i alternate vertical and horizontal strokes between coats to further prevent lines from forming. * Too thick = milky foggy wavy finish *Too thin= irregular shinny finish or none at all. *Mess with product while drying= lumpy uneven milky finish ( its sticky while drying) __________________________________________ personally i do about4-6 coats for a deep clear coat look. Its very hard to see in my pictures since yeah. the stuff dries clear. good luck and “happy little accidents”Read more

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  2. Ryan E Ridenhour

    The media could not be loaded. After just one coat with this product, I was stunned. For a gloss finish, I will Never use anything else on my Artwork. The smooth mirror sheen this product gives is absolutely beautiful. Easy to apply. Easy to work with.Read more

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  3. G. Conner

    After decades of trying every varnish out there, I have settled on the Liquitex Gloss spray varnish whenever I want gloss. Don’t get me wrong, Krylon, Golden, Grumbacher and WN varnishes are also good, so if price is your only criteria, they will do a good job. But I have run experiments where I test various varnishes side by side on the same substrates. Here’s how… I paint acrylic patches in primaries, secondaries and gradient washes, wait for them to dry completely, cover half the samples with tape, then apply one coat of varnish at a time. I spray at the same distance, the same angle, same direction and the same speed. When each coat is dry, I examine it by eye under good lighting AND photograph it for later comparison in photo editing software. Here’s what I’ve noticed: Krylon is very good but it requires five coats to get the same gloss and coverage that Liquitex does in three. If your spraying technique is less than perfect, thinner coats with Krylon might provide an advantage! The Krylon dries slightly faster so it can save some time between coats, (about ten minutes) but the Liquitex has better adhesion, more even coverage and less tendency to run. Since Liquitex takes fewer coats, it is the overall speed champion too. Golden is almost as clear, adheres well (does not run easily) and dries fast, but it costs more. The Golden brand gloss seems to have a golden cast in color too. It is VERY slight and you won’t see it when the finish is new or under poor lighting. Under fluorescent bulbs, there is no noticeable difference. But after some time and with good full-spectrum lighting, you CAN see differences. Golden seems to warm up reds and yellows. If you want that effect for bright red or yellow floral paintings, that might be desirable! Otherwise, it usually is not. Grumbacher and WN varnishes are decent and slightly cheaper than liquitex, but since I need less of the Liquitex to achieve the same level of gloss, the Liquitex ends up being more economical. It’s just like the difference between professional paint and student paint. Sure, the pro-stuff cost more per tube, but you get more pigment, so it goes farther. Well, although there is no “pigment” in varnish, the ingredients still matter. Liquitex is purer and does the job faster. That saves time and money. Grumbacher has more tendency to yellow over time. WN varnish does not yellow, but becomes turbid in thick applications. Since it requires more coats to achieve the same level of internal refraction, that turbidity is noticeable. I also check the colors under 4500 to 5400K lighting. By removing the masking tape, I can see the effect of each varnish on each color sample. All these good brands provide good protection. All these clear gloss varnishes do a decent job of enhancing color, but I notice that on any mixture with blues (purples, greens) the liquitex really POPS the colors more. Perhaps you know that BLUE is a higher wavelength of light. Therefore it takes a finer size of particulate matter to refract blue. The Liquitex varnish has a slight blueish cast when you see it in a thick glob. (as in the fluid form from the jar) Perhaps this is due to its finer particulate formula or manufacturing processes or some ingredient. Either way, Liquitex enhances colors without changing their temperature and the difficult litmus-test in BLUE family of colors remains brilliant, saturated, value and hue-accurate. Colors look “wet” and intense, but do not darken or lighten comparitively. Also, the liquitex varnish does not change the warm or cool character of mixes. This effect can be photgraphed and then measured by placing photographs of the samples into photoshop (or any other digital imaging software that accepts HIGH RES JPEGs) then sampling the color patches. To insure my photography technique does not influence these tests, I rotate the samples 180 degrees and place them in the exact same spot under the exact same lighting. Each little sample is only one inch anyway, but I do that just to be sure I am not skewing results. With the naked eye these effects are subtle, especially when the varnish is fresh. Wait one month, photograph the samples again and use your software to pinpoint samples of the various varnishes. THEN you will see! Liquitex is the “clear” winner. (pardon the pun) It dries clear and STAYS clear like clean glass. (actually BETTER than glass!) It has a higher level of gloss, which increases the internal refraction index of the film. That, in turn, makes the colors achieve higher luminance and saturation. Even if your monitor is not expensive and the room you view photos in has poor lighting or wierd colored walls and furniture, the software will show you the difference. So, for overall value, color enhancement and ease of use, Liquitex varnish is my first choice. The others are good too, so you won’t need to worry if that’s what you already have. But sometime you owe it to yourself to at least try one can of the Liquitex. Try these experiments if you’re scientifically inclined. Or just view your color samples by eye under sufficient illumination. Either way, I think you’ll see the difference. Regarding another review and the spray nozzle or “bad can” problem… Absolutely ALL spray cans do that. Technique is paramount for professional results. We must understand that unlike a professional spray gun or air-brush, internal pressure of a can changes as we use the product. Even professional spray equipment clogs and spatters occasionally. That’s when we know it is time to STOP, clean the tip, then try again. With spray cans, timing is important if you want to get all or almost all of the product from the can. By shaking the can (as you must before each use) you can feel how much is left. If there is little product left, then you can be sure there is also less pressure available to push it out. Therefore, shaking the can thoroughly for two full minutes at 70 degrees F, will help. In fact, although most directions do not mention this, I know that heat from your hands transfers to the can. So even in a cold studio, shaking the can BY HAND for two full minutes helps warm up the internal temperature of the varnish. (After asking my local paint store guy to put my spray can in his machine, I discovered that machine-shaking does not work as well! Shake BY HAND for TWO FULL minutes.) Always use a freshly cleaned nozzle and spray until the first sign of spatter occurs. Do NOT let up on the tip for more than a few seconds. Varnish dries fast, so we don’t want to give globules a chance to form. I keep a lint-free rag soaked in turpentine handy and wipe the nozzle anytime I must pause painting. This method insures you get most of the varnish ( or any other spray paint) out of any can by any brand. I know from experience that Krylon, Liquitex and Golden ALL have good nozzles… so I doubt that is the problem. Montana and Liquitex have the BEST nozzles and the best variety of nozzles too. (especially for artists!) I have painted cars and boats and hundreds of woodworking projects with liquitex and krylon paint, and the results were indistinguishable from pro-painting equipment. Except for one time I dropped a can from scaffolding, I have never had a tip-failure with any of these brands. I’ve been using spray cans for one thing or another for about five decades now. Temperature, timing, technique and THOROUGH SHAKING will help, no matter what brand you use. Alway clean the tip after use and if you must, soak the tip in turpentine or mineral spirits to clean it. But whatever you do, do NOT use a wire to unclog the tip. That inevitably damages the finely-made hole in the tip and WILL cause spatters. As far as I can tell, wire never works well. I hope that helps anyone reading this and GOOD LUCK with your spray finishing!Read more

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  4. LBF

    Liquitex is an excellent value. One bottle lasts a long while. For the art work I do I do find that using this product alone will usually smear the medium I’ve used. So I first use another type of sealant (Krylon spray or Mod Podge), then apply Liquitex High Gloss Varnish to give my work a glossy finish. 3 or 4 coats of varnish really amps up the gloss to a brilliant shine. I find that it is essential to allow my work to dry completely before applying another coat of varnish. If I work too impatiently the varnish will usually peel. How long of a wait between coats? In my experience, at least 8 to 10 hours, with 15 hours being optimal. I apply the varnish with a foam thingy, being sure to rinse it well under hot water after use. So application is a bit tricky, but not too difficult. I highly recommend Liquitex High Gloss Varnish. I have not found any product that is glossier, except resin – which is very expensive and an involved process.Read more

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  5. *Rock Star*

    I’m glad I found out that I needed this varnish. I’m a new artist and I learn things daily. I found out that we need to coat our finished acrylic canvas paintings with varnish to prevent yellowing and chipping of the paint in years to come. Phew! I would’ve hated to see my many paintings slowly deteriorate just because I wasn’t well informed.Read more

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  6. MR D

    This Varnish is Very Good . I purchased some to Varnish over my Finished Acrylic Painting & What a Lovely Finish it has Done

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  7. Anonymous

    I’ve written this product review in the hope that it helps others who may be looking to purchase this product. As an avid crafter, I was looking for a high gloss varnish to coat some pieces of my craft project to give a high gloss effect. After MUCH browsing here on Amazon, & also after having read SEVERAL product reviews, I decided to go for this one. I think, if a high gloss finish is what you are looking for, you will find that in general, there are several varnishes, gloss sprays etc, all diff brands, all claiming to be ‘gloss’ or a ‘high gloss’, which sounds perfect-if that’s exactly what you are looking for & the product itself claims to be of that effect, however, SEVERAL of these (when you take the time to read their reviews) are very disappointing in terms of their ‘gloss’ ‘high gloss’ finish. So choosing one product out of several, I decided to go for this particular one as it had some pretty good reviews, – of having been tried & tested, so this seemed the most promising out of several gloss varnish/gloss spray products. It arrived speedily, which was great, as I was keen to try it out, for the purpose i had purchased it for. It came well packaged, & it was a sealed product, in that before using you had to remove the lid & peel back the seal. I’d say on 1st impressions, its a fair sized bottle, not that big, but equally not as small as maybe I was expecting, & the labeling on the product appears very professional, & as though it’s quite a reputable brand & product. So, obviously I tried this out straight away!! The product itself is very much a thin watery consistency, so it’s really easy to apply with a standard brush, & its coverage is also really good when applied. What’s more is that it doesnt give off any sort of chemical odour that may be expected of using varnish, or even a spray varnish, like some of these products do, so that was a benefit, & also, I’m not sure how long I left it to dry for, but I know that it didnt take too long to dry, which again is a big benefit, especially as its advised to use 2-3 layers of this, reapplying once the previous coat has fully dried, & on its application, it made very little mess, – another benefit of this. However, i applied the 1st coat on top of fully dried acrylic paint, i applied generously, & left this coat to fully dry. Before then applying the 2and coat, I noticed that the painted items which I had varnished, which were a plain matte white, on some of them, about half of them, the paint had a cracked effect to the whole surface. When I say cracked effect, it wasnt wrinkled, or any visible actually protruding to the cracking effect, it was still a flat, smooth surface, but it just had this all over cracked effect look to it, which at first, I thought that this product was not ideal for applying on top of acrylic paint. But, when I was then looking at these cracked effect pieces, in comparison to the other half of the pieces which hadnt reacted with this same effect at all, due to the particular style of the craft project I’m working on, i figured that it was in actual fact, a subtle effect, which if placed in between the ones which havent got this effect, it would actually give a pretty good effect, which kind of works with the style of the whole piece itself. In a way, it kind of gives that more authentic & purposeful authentic look to it. So this I didnt mind, as I felt that I could use this to its advantage & work with it. However, in terms of the promising ‘gloss’ finish the product itself actually claims, & the ‘high gloss’ & ‘really shiny’ surface, as claimed in some of its reviews, I wasn’t very impressed at all. In all, I applied 3 generous coats, allowing each coat to fully dry before applying the next, & the result??? – it pretty much looks as though I had coated them with a standard sealer or varnish, & I wouldnt say that there was any ‘gloss’ appearance to its surface at all. In fact, as a sealer spray for a lot of my crafting products, I use a Plasticote Industrial Clear Acrylic Spray, which I also always purchase here on Amazon (cost just over £9, & is a good sized can ((highly recommended!! ) , & just 2 even coats of this sealer spray gives a nice shiny looking, glossy finish, which is FAR better that the result of using this varnish, which gave hardly any ‘gloss’ appearance at all. All in all, obv I was after a high gloss finish, so I’m glad I tried this product, as one of the best ones on here, just so that I now know that it didnt work as I had wanted & expected, & that from now on I know to stick to my usual clear acrylic spray, with 2-3 good even coats, to achieve the desired glossy finish that I want. I wouldnt recommend this varnish product to anyone, & I deffo wont be purchasing again. For me, it was deffo worth trying it out though, for my own future reference.Read more

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  8. J.M

    I’ve had to edit this review. Was pleased with product at first and trusted it because of the brand but after coming back to my artwork stored in a portfolio case for a few months I’ve found it has yellowed quite badly, rendering all painting coated in this spray now unsellable. All untreated paintings are still in perfect condition, I’ve owned my portfolio case for 10+ years. Also stored in a none smokers environment. Really really not happy about this and wouldn’t recommend.Read more

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  9. Batracien

    Utilisé pour recouvrir un travail d’art plastique avec une structure (épaisseurs, sur-épaisseurs). J’utilisais auparavant du vernis bi-composants incolore brillant “spécial carrosserie”. Là j’ai tenté celui-ci car les vapeurs sont beaucoup moins nocives n’incommodent pas toute la maisonnée. Par contre le résultat n’est pas le même du tout. Malgré 6 ou 7 couches passées en plusieurs jours impossible d’obtenir un aspect réellement “vitrifié”. Le brillant n’est pas non plus “profond”. En peinture on dirait “satiné” plus que brillant. Bref je ne suis pas convaincu par ce produit. Par contre il protège ça c’est évident et il ne sent pas fort à l’application. Donc si vous ne recherchez pas un vernis haute brillance et seulement un vernis de protection, ça peut tout à fait convenir.

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  10. Fran

    Una laca de un precio algo elevado pero vale su precio en oro. Excelente para lacar los faros desgastados. Los lijas para quitar la laca oxidada con lija al agua. Le das una 600 y luego alisas con 2000 también al agua. Limpias bien con alcohol, pintas con una temperatura de entre 18 y 27 grados con dos capas. La primera suave y la segunda despues de 5 minutos mas generosa. Quedan los faros que ni un profesional. Ademas lleva protección UV para que no amarillee. Me ha encantado esta laca.Read more

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  11. MR D

    This Varnish is Very Good . I purchased some to Varnish over my Finished Acrylic Painting & What a Lovely Finish it has Done

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  12. Anonymous

    I’ve written this product review in the hope that it helps others who may be looking to purchase this product. As an avid crafter, I was looking for a high gloss varnish to coat some pieces of my craft project to give a high gloss effect. After MUCH browsing here on Amazon, & also after having read SEVERAL product reviews, I decided to go for this one. I think, if a high gloss finish is what you are looking for, you will find that in general, there are several varnishes, gloss sprays etc, all diff brands, all claiming to be ‘gloss’ or a ‘high gloss’, which sounds perfect-if that’s exactly what you are looking for & the product itself claims to be of that effect, however, SEVERAL of these (when you take the time to read their reviews) are very disappointing in terms of their ‘gloss’ ‘high gloss’ finish. So choosing one product out of several, I decided to go for this particular one as it had some pretty good reviews, – of having been tried & tested, so this seemed the most promising out of several gloss varnish/gloss spray products. It arrived speedily, which was great, as I was keen to try it out, for the purpose i had purchased it for. It came well packaged, & it was a sealed product, in that before using you had to remove the lid & peel back the seal. I’d say on 1st impressions, its a fair sized bottle, not that big, but equally not as small as maybe I was expecting, & the labeling on the product appears very professional, & as though it’s quite a reputable brand & product. So, obviously I tried this out straight away!! The product itself is very much a thin watery consistency, so it’s really easy to apply with a standard brush, & its coverage is also really good when applied. What’s more is that it doesnt give off any sort of chemical odour that may be expected of using varnish, or even a spray varnish, like some of these products do, so that was a benefit, & also, I’m not sure how long I left it to dry for, but I know that it didnt take too long to dry, which again is a big benefit, especially as its advised to use 2-3 layers of this, reapplying once the previous coat has fully dried, & on its application, it made very little mess, – another benefit of this. However, i applied the 1st coat on top of fully dried acrylic paint, i applied generously, & left this coat to fully dry. Before then applying the 2and coat, I noticed that the painted items which I had varnished, which were a plain matte white, on some of them, about half of them, the paint had a cracked effect to the whole surface. When I say cracked effect, it wasnt wrinkled, or any visible actually protruding to the cracking effect, it was still a flat, smooth surface, but it just had this all over cracked effect look to it, which at first, I thought that this product was not ideal for applying on top of acrylic paint. But, when I was then looking at these cracked effect pieces, in comparison to the other half of the pieces which hadnt reacted with this same effect at all, due to the particular style of the craft project I’m working on, i figured that it was in actual fact, a subtle effect, which if placed in between the ones which havent got this effect, it would actually give a pretty good effect, which kind of works with the style of the whole piece itself. In a way, it kind of gives that more authentic & purposeful authentic look to it. So this I didnt mind, as I felt that I could use this to its advantage & work with it. However, in terms of the promising ‘gloss’ finish the product itself actually claims, & the ‘high gloss’ & ‘really shiny’ surface, as claimed in some of its reviews, I wasn’t very impressed at all. In all, I applied 3 generous coats, allowing each coat to fully dry before applying the next, & the result??? – it pretty much looks as though I had coated them with a standard sealer or varnish, & I wouldnt say that there was any ‘gloss’ appearance to its surface at all. In fact, as a sealer spray for a lot of my crafting products, I use a Plasticote Industrial Clear Acrylic Spray, which I also always purchase here on Amazon (cost just over £9, & is a good sized can ((highly recommended!! ) , & just 2 even coats of this sealer spray gives a nice shiny looking, glossy finish, which is FAR better that the result of using this varnish, which gave hardly any ‘gloss’ appearance at all. All in all, obv I was after a high gloss finish, so I’m glad I tried this product, as one of the best ones on here, just so that I now know that it didnt work as I had wanted & expected, & that from now on I know to stick to my usual clear acrylic spray, with 2-3 good even coats, to achieve the desired glossy finish that I want. I wouldnt recommend this varnish product to anyone, & I deffo wont be purchasing again. For me, it was deffo worth trying it out though, for my own future reference.Read more

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