Decoupage Varnish is a heavy-bodied version of Gloss Varnish for artists who wish to finish their projects with a thick, lacquer-like coating. It has been specially formulated for decoupage artists to hide the cut edges of paper. Applying 8 to 10 coats of Decoupage Varnish is equivalent to 35 to 40 coats of other, thinner varnishes.
Decoupage Varnish dries to a thick, glossy finish that does not yellow over time. It may be used both indoors and outdoors to provide maximum long-term protection and when cured is corrosion, chemical, scratch and wear resistant.
All Purpose Sealer or Clear Glaze Medium may be used for adhesion of decoupage paper to the surface.
• For large areas, a coat of All Purpose Sealer applied to the back of the paper and allowed to dry may decrease bubbles during application. Repeat on paper front. Allow to dry.
• Bubbles may be avoided if paper is brushed lightly with water to moisten prior to application. Apply All Purpose Sealer thinned with Flow Medium 1:1 or Clear Glaze Medium to the surface and the back of the paper.
• Begin to press the paper against the surface from the center out to work out air bubbles. A soft cloth and a circular motion are recommended.
• Lock down by gently using a brayer or wallpaper roller.
• A coat of Clear Glaze Medium is recommended as a barrier coat prior to varnishing.
• Gently shake the varnish and apply undiluted to the surface. If thinning is necessary for the first coats, add a few drops of Flow Medium, Retarder or Distilled Water to thin slightly. Do not over-dilute.
• Apply Decoupage Varnish in criss-cross motion using a soft but firm brush suitable to surface size.
• Smooth by brushing final strokes in the direction of the wood grain. Avoid overlaps or drips along the edges.
• Allow to air dry a minimum of an hour before applying additional coats. Drying time depends on the number of coats applied, climate and humidity. A hair dryer may be used to speed surface drying. Avoid excessive heat which could cause crazing.
• A minimum of 8 to 10 coats will be required to hide the edges of the paper.
• Allow varnished item to cure a minimum of two weeks before use. Cure time varies due to climate and humidity.
Note: Not recommended for use over oil based paint or oil based antiquing finishes.
Approximate Coverage: 1 ml = 188 sq cm / 1 oz = 6 sq ft