• Liquitex Soluvar Matte Varnish 237 ml

Liquitex Soluvar Matte Varnish 237 ml

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

Use with:

  • Acrylic paints and mediums
  • Oil paints

Use on:

  • All acrylic-friendly surfaces


    • Lightfast and archival
    • Permanent
    • Non-yellowing
    • Flexible and non-cracking
    • Water-resistant when dry
    • Intermixable with all Liquitex materials

    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 colour 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 - application:

    • 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

    How to use it - removal:

    • 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