Matisse MM33 UV* Conservation Varnish produces a hard, non-yellowing, UV protected coating similar in appearance to Damar varnish. it is a final clear gloss varnish (similar to Matisse MM14 Gloss Varnish), quick drying, designed to give your painting that final “glow”, but with the added benefit of UV protection. This makes it ideal for varnishing items that will be exposed to daylight or for extending the light fastness of items that are not traditionally so e.g. printed images from your home printer. MM33 UV Conservation Varnish will slow the rate of fading of printed material as it reduces UV light spectrum by more than 99%.
Easily dissolved with mineral turpentine, this varnish can be removed without any impact if applied over Matisse Acrylic paints. If used over other brands of acrylic paint a patch test in an inconspicuous area is recommended.
MM33 UV Conservation Varnish is easily applied with a soft bristled brush. It does not need to be diluted and can be used straight from the container. The size of brush chosen will depend on the area to be varnished and the dimensions of the artwork. Apply in light coats moving quickly over the surface. Avoid over working the varnish as the surface may become matted if brushing continues as the varnish begins to dry.
Two coats of UV Varnish are recommended, ensuring that the first coat is thoroughly dry before a second application.
Under regular conditions (20C), this varnish should be dry within 4-6 hours. If uncertain, leave to dry for 24 hours before applying the next coat.