Gamblin Gamvar

by Chess

Gamvar

Gamvar

If you have ever been afraid to varnish your paintings because you worry about making a sticky mess you don’t need to worry anymore. Gamblin’s Gamvar varnish (now available pre-mixed) is as easy as it can get when it comes to applying varnish. The liquid itself is water clear and brushes on with the feel of water as well. There is very little odor, if any and no special brushes are needed. In fact in their application video they suggest a standard hog hair brush and I would agree that this works just fine.  Being that this varnish is carried in odorless mineral spirits, which is much more mild than turpentine you can varnish fairly soon after your painting is complete. In fact I have safely varnished paintings after only 2 weeks (I work really thinly and most times use alkyd mediums to speed up drying of layers. Thicker work won’t be ready in that short of a time span.) Overall, in my opinion this is as good as it can get for varnish. You don’t have to worry about making a sticky mess at all and the look is a very nice gloss surface. If you find you don’t like it a little OMS will take it right off.  I have not been paid by Gamblin to write this review nor given any products to test, I just simply really like this varnish.

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