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5 Reasons Why You Need to Varnish Your Oil Paintings

brush varnish down the painting
brush varnish down the painting

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If you were wondering whether or not to varnish your oil paintings, here are the reasons why I always apply at least one coat to my completely dry pieces.

Do you have to varnish oil paintings?

If you want to protect your paintings it is a good idea to varnish them. Varnish protects the painting from dirt and dust and evens out the painting’s final appearance, making it all equally glossy or matt. 

The five reasons you should varnish oil paintings is to:

  • prevent dust and dirt getting into the painting surface.
  • protect the surface of the paint from mechanical impact that might damage the painting.
  • protect it from ultraviolet light.
  • give a uniform finish or sheen to the painting (either matte or gloss).
  • saturate the colors of paintings and intensify the transparency of glazes.

How do you varnish an oil painting?

See how to varnish an oil painting.

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Happy painting!

Barry John Raybould
Virtual Art Academy

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