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There are varnishes for every application and we are here to advise if you have questions. Artist varnishes based on a solvent or mineral spirit are hardwearing and can be used over acrylic paints or oil paints. Acrylic varnishes are suitable for acrylic colour only. Nowadays both solvent and acrylic varnishes are often available in either gloss, satin or matt finishes and either in liquid form or easy to use spray aerosols.

Varnishing your artwork can help to protect it from dust and dirt and gives a painting a that finishing touch instead of housing the work behind glass. There are varnishes can be removed at a much later point, taking the dirt with it, and a new layer can be reapplied which keeps the painting looking as good new. It also means that paintings can be cleaned more easily and it unifies the artworks surface if this is desired.

We have a large selection of artist varnishes to suit your creative requirements from a range of popular brands including Atelier, Golden, Schmincke, Spectrum and more. Need more help, hints or tips for varnishing paintings then take a look at our guide for some handy advice.

Atelier Interactive Gloss Varnish 250ml Atelier Interactive Gloss Varnish 250ml
£8.29
3 in stock
Atelier Interactive Gloss Varnish.250ml This artist quality product is a water-based finishing final varnish for your acrylic paintings. use as a final varnish for acrylic paintings to protect your artwork and increase gloss levels. Gloss Varnish is water based, non-toxic, self-leveling and is an over-varnish for acrylic painting. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and G…
Atelier Interactive Matte Varnish 250ml Atelier Interactive Matte Varnish 250ml
£8.29
1 in stock
Atelier Interactive Matte Acrylic Varnish 250ml This is a water-based finishing final varnish for your acrylic paintings. This Matte Varnish is water based, non-toxic and self-leveling. Dries fast and waterproof for traditional acrylic techniques. Gives an even matte finish whilst maintaining colour intensity. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and Gloss Varnishes are cr…
Atelier Interactive Satin Varnish 250ml Atelier Interactive Satin Varnish 250ml
£8.29
6 in stock
Atelier Interactive Satin Acrylic Varnish.250ml This artist quality product has three uses. It can be used to give a semi-gloss satin sheen to your Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints,as a translucent satin glue for collage work or as a water-based finishing final varnish for your acrylic paintings. Atelier Varnishes are water based, non-toxic, self-leveling and can be used either as a medium to ch…
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Gloss - 200ml Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Gloss - 200ml
£12.80
1 in stock
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Gloss - 200ml This non-yellowing, self-leveling varnish is recommended as a final varnish after painting with Atelier Interactive acrylic paints As a good quality varnish it can also be used with other makes of acrylic paints and oil paints. This gloss varnish from Chroma allows paintings to be cleaned more easily at a later date by swabbing with mineral turps. C…
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Invisible - 200ml Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Invisible - 200ml
£12.80
2 in stock
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Invisible - 200ml This Chroma Solvent Finishing varnish is non-yellowing, self-leveling varnish which allow a painting to be cleaned more easily at a later date by swabbing with mineral turps. Chroma Invisible Varnish provides a protective coating and does not alter the surface quality of a painting. Recommended for use as a final varnish with Atelier Interactive…
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Satin - 200ml Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Satin - 200ml
£12.80
3 in stock
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Satin - 200ml This is a non-yellowing, self-leveling strippable varnishes which allow a painting to be cleaned more easily at a later date by swabbing with mineral turps. Recommended for use as a final varnish with Atelier Interactive paintings. This varnish can also be used for other acrylic paints and oil paints. Chroma Solvent Satin Varnish - 200ml size
Cobra Painting Varnishes - Gloss 400ml Cobra Painting Varnishes - Gloss 400ml
£11.28
3 in stock
Cobra varnishes are all CFC free Cobra Varnish - offers protection against ageing of the paint, dust and the like - gives the painting an even sheen - adheres well to the underlying paint layer - does not turn yellow - does not crack - can be easily removed if necessary (also after many years) Cobra Spray Varnishes, with the exception of the Gloss varnish, are based on synthetic resin, odourless w…
Cobra Painting Varnishes - Matt 400ml Cobra Painting Varnishes - Matt 400ml
£11.28
5 in stock
Cobra varnishes are all CFC free Cobra Varnish - offers protection against ageing of the paint, dust and the like - gives the painting an even sheen - adheres well to the underlying paint layer - does not turn yellow - does not crack - can be easily removed if necessary (also after many years) Cobra Spray Varnishes, with the exception of the Gloss varnish, are based on synthetic resin, odourless w…
Cobra Painting Varnishes - Satin 400ml Cobra Painting Varnishes - Satin 400ml
£11.28
6 in stock
Cobra varnishes are all CFC free Cobra Varnish - offers protection against ageing of the paint, dust and the like - gives the painting an even sheen - adheres well to the underlying paint layer - does not turn yellow - does not crack - can be easily removed if necessary (also after many years) Cobra Spray Varnishes, with the exception of the Gloss varnish, are based on synthetic resin, odourless w…
CRP Picture Cleaner - Wax Emulsion 120ml CRP Picture Cleaner - Wax Emulsion 120ml
£9.00
Out of stock
C.R.P. Cleansing, Reviving & Presenting Wax Varnish Emulsion 120ml Cleans surfaces from dirt, replacing soap and water, whch may harm certain paintings.  This wax emulsion can be used for oil paintings, objets d'art, sculptures and any painted surfaces. The CRP varnish emulsion does not attach the varnish or old paint surfaces, it will revive old varnish that has become dull.  Recommended for any…
Daler-Rowney Perfix Aerosol - Pastel Fixative Spray Daler-Rowney Perfix Aerosol - Pastel Fixative Spray
£6.75
In stock
We agree with out customers who find this Perfix Aerosol Colourless Fixative for pastels the best on the market. The fixative for pastels, crayon and charcoal sprays evenly with a minimal effect on tonal values and is easy to use. Lay your drawing flat and holding the can about 12 away, spray back and forth across the drawing ensuring even coverage over the surface. Daler Rowney Perfix Aerosol Fix…
Dammar Retouching Varnish - Rectify Dull Oil Paint Areas Dammar Retouching Varnish - Rectify Dull Oil Paint Areas
£5.70
Out of stock
Retouching Varnish - Roberson Dammar Retouching Varnish 60ml This useful varnish rectifies dull areas caused by sinking of oil paint.  It also helps adhesion of the succeeding layer of oil colour. Composition: Damar resin & white spirit Use white spirit for cleanig brushes
Dammar Varnish 5lb Cut - High Gloss Varnish Dammar Varnish 5lb Cut - High Gloss Varnish
£6.20
In stock
Dammar Varnish 5lb Cut Gum Damar/Turpentine varnish which dries hard and clear to a high gloss finish.  Thin this varnish with turps to use as a varnish or use neat and combine with other ingredients as part of an oil painting medium.  This Dammar Varnish 5lb Cut varnish is less prone to blooming than mastic varnish. Removable with white spirit or turpentine. Always allow 6 months for an oil paint…
Dammar Varnish Spray - Glossy 300ml Dammar Varnish Spray - Glossy 300ml
£14.88
Out of stock
Dammar Varnish in aerosol form.   This glossy natural resin varnish is made from the best white Palembang dammar. Provides elastic and resistant protection for artist's oil colours. Less yellowing - glossy almost no yellowing Fast Drying - Schmincke strongly suggest pretesting before use.   Apply to oil paintings only when all colour layers are thoroughly dried (after 8-12 months at the earliest)…
Exhibition Picture Varnish - Temporary Varnish For Oil Paintings Exhibition Picture Varnish - Temporary Varnish For Oil Paintings
£5.70
Exhibition Varnish - Roberson Temporary Picture Varnish This is a useful temporary varnish to protect your oil paintings.  Apply to touch dry paintings as a temporary exhibition varnish.  After 6 months a final picture varnish can be applied with no need to remove this temporary varnish. Composition: Damar resin & White Spirit
Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Gloss 400ml Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Gloss 400ml
£11.55
1 in stock
Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Gloss 400ml This is a waterbased varnish for artists paintings which has 90% less solvent content.  It is suitable for the  protection of oil paintings and acrylic paintings.  UV-resistant. Instructions:  Ensure painting is dust free and completely dry before application. Recommend two layers with 12 hour interval between sprays. NB Oil paintings take approximately 6…
Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Matt 400ml Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Matt 400ml
£11.55
2 in stock
Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Matt 400ml This is a waterbased varnish for artists paintings which has 90% less solvent content.  It is suitable for the  protection of oil paintings and acrylic paintings.  UV-resistant. Instructions:  Ensure painting is dust free and completely dry before application. Recommend two layers with 12 hour interval between sprays. NB Oil paintings take approximately 6…
Golden  400ml Archival Varnish Gloss Aerosol Golden 400ml Archival Varnish Gloss Aerosol
£23.95
1 in stock
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Golden  400ml Archival Varnish Satin Aerosol Golden 400ml Archival Varnish Satin Aerosol
£23.95
3 in stock
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Golden 400ml Archival Varnish Matte Aerosol Golden 400ml Archival Varnish Matte Aerosol
£23.95
Out of stock
Spray Varnish Matte 400ml Aerosol A non-yellowing archival spirit based varnish with UV filters.  This varnish is removable with white spirit so can be recommended for conservation purposes. Formulated with 100% solvent-based, reversible acrylic co-polymer resin. Easy to use spray varnish made with fast drying acetone and a propellant.

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Atelier Interactive Gloss Varnish.250ml This artist quality product is a water-based finishing final varnish for your acrylic paintings. use as a final varnish for acrylic paintings to protect your artwork and increase gloss levels. Gloss Varnish is water based, non-toxic, self-leveling and is an over-varnish for acrylic painting. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and G…
Atelier Interactive Matte Acrylic Varnish 250ml This is a water-based finishing final varnish for your acrylic paintings. This Matte Varnish is water based, non-toxic and self-leveling. Dries fast and waterproof for traditional acrylic techniques. Gives an even matte finish whilst maintaining colour intensity. Provides a non-tacky protective coating. Atelier Matte, Satin and Gloss Varnishes are cr…
Atelier Interactive Satin Acrylic Varnish.250ml This artist quality product has three uses. It can be used to give a semi-gloss satin sheen to your Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints,as a translucent satin glue for collage work or as a water-based finishing final varnish for your acrylic paintings. Atelier Varnishes are water based, non-toxic, self-leveling and can be used either as a medium to ch…
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Gloss - 200ml This non-yellowing, self-leveling varnish is recommended as a final varnish after painting with Atelier Interactive acrylic paints As a good quality varnish it can also be used with other makes of acrylic paints and oil paints. This gloss varnish from Chroma allows paintings to be cleaned more easily at a later date by swabbing with mineral turps. C…
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Invisible - 200ml This Chroma Solvent Finishing varnish is non-yellowing, self-leveling varnish which allow a painting to be cleaned more easily at a later date by swabbing with mineral turps. Chroma Invisible Varnish provides a protective coating and does not alter the surface quality of a painting. Recommended for use as a final varnish with Atelier Interactive…
Chroma Solvent Finishing Varnish - Satin - 200ml This is a non-yellowing, self-leveling strippable varnishes which allow a painting to be cleaned more easily at a later date by swabbing with mineral turps. Recommended for use as a final varnish with Atelier Interactive paintings. This varnish can also be used for other acrylic paints and oil paints. Chroma Solvent Satin Varnish - 200ml size
Cobra varnishes are all CFC free Cobra Varnish - offers protection against ageing of the paint, dust and the like - gives the painting an even sheen - adheres well to the underlying paint layer - does not turn yellow - does not crack - can be easily removed if necessary (also after many years) Cobra Spray Varnishes, with the exception of the Gloss varnish, are based on synthetic resin, odourless w…
Cobra varnishes are all CFC free Cobra Varnish - offers protection against ageing of the paint, dust and the like - gives the painting an even sheen - adheres well to the underlying paint layer - does not turn yellow - does not crack - can be easily removed if necessary (also after many years) Cobra Spray Varnishes, with the exception of the Gloss varnish, are based on synthetic resin, odourless w…
Cobra varnishes are all CFC free Cobra Varnish - offers protection against ageing of the paint, dust and the like - gives the painting an even sheen - adheres well to the underlying paint layer - does not turn yellow - does not crack - can be easily removed if necessary (also after many years) Cobra Spray Varnishes, with the exception of the Gloss varnish, are based on synthetic resin, odourless w…
C.R.P. Cleansing, Reviving & Presenting Wax Varnish Emulsion 120ml Cleans surfaces from dirt, replacing soap and water, whch may harm certain paintings.  This wax emulsion can be used for oil paintings, objets d'art, sculptures and any painted surfaces. The CRP varnish emulsion does not attach the varnish or old paint surfaces, it will revive old varnish that has become dull.  Recommended for any…
We agree with out customers who find this Perfix Aerosol Colourless Fixative for pastels the best on the market. The fixative for pastels, crayon and charcoal sprays evenly with a minimal effect on tonal values and is easy to use. Lay your drawing flat and holding the can about 12 away, spray back and forth across the drawing ensuring even coverage over the surface. Daler Rowney Perfix Aerosol Fix…
Retouching Varnish - Roberson Dammar Retouching Varnish 60ml This useful varnish rectifies dull areas caused by sinking of oil paint.  It also helps adhesion of the succeeding layer of oil colour. Composition: Damar resin & white spirit Use white spirit for cleanig brushes
Dammar Varnish 5lb Cut Gum Damar/Turpentine varnish which dries hard and clear to a high gloss finish.  Thin this varnish with turps to use as a varnish or use neat and combine with other ingredients as part of an oil painting medium.  This Dammar Varnish 5lb Cut varnish is less prone to blooming than mastic varnish. Removable with white spirit or turpentine. Always allow 6 months for an oil paint…
Dammar Varnish in aerosol form.   This glossy natural resin varnish is made from the best white Palembang dammar. Provides elastic and resistant protection for artist's oil colours. Less yellowing - glossy almost no yellowing Fast Drying - Schmincke strongly suggest pretesting before use.   Apply to oil paintings only when all colour layers are thoroughly dried (after 8-12 months at the earliest)…
Exhibition Varnish - Roberson Temporary Picture Varnish This is a useful temporary varnish to protect your oil paintings.  Apply to touch dry paintings as a temporary exhibition varnish.  After 6 months a final picture varnish can be applied with no need to remove this temporary varnish. Composition: Damar resin & White Spirit
Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Gloss 400ml This is a waterbased varnish for artists paintings which has 90% less solvent content.  It is suitable for the  protection of oil paintings and acrylic paintings.  UV-resistant. Instructions:  Ensure painting is dust free and completely dry before application. Recommend two layers with 12 hour interval between sprays. NB Oil paintings take approximately 6…
Ghiant H2O Water-based Varnish Matt 400ml This is a waterbased varnish for artists paintings which has 90% less solvent content.  It is suitable for the  protection of oil paintings and acrylic paintings.  UV-resistant. Instructions:  Ensure painting is dust free and completely dry before application. Recommend two layers with 12 hour interval between sprays. NB Oil paintings take approximately 6…
Golden 400ml Archival Varnish Gloss Aerosol <>
Golden 400ml Archival Varnish Satin Aerosol <>
Spray Varnish Matte 400ml Aerosol A non-yellowing archival spirit based varnish with UV filters.  This varnish is removable with white spirit so can be recommended for conservation purposes. Formulated with 100% solvent-based, reversible acrylic co-polymer resin. Easy to use spray varnish made with fast drying acetone and a propellant.