Our artists usually don't apply varnish for custom oil painting reproductions while it is finished, unless customer request us to do that. So customer need to appy varnish while receiving the painting.

Why Varnish Oil Paintings?

After completing the painting, varnishing is the final step. It will protect it from water and other harmful elements. The process of varnishing an oil painting can be easy and is an effective way to increase the final luster of your painting. It also combats the uneven drying of the layers of paint. Various types of pigments in oil paints tend to dry with a matte finish, and darker colors tend to lose their luster when dried. This is why applying a varnish is so essential.

Types of varnishes

There are three main types of varnishes: permanent, temporary, and breathable. The difference between these two is in the drying time and the application process. The latter will protect the painting for a longer period of time and prevent cracking. Depending on the material used, the paint may take anywhere from two weeks to a few months to dry fully. Fortunately, this process doesn't have to be painful. And the process is quite simple. All you need is the right tools and knowledge.

It is also important to consider the oxidation time of your oil painting. While varnish will help protect the surface of an oil painting, it will cause the colours to fade over time. This means that the varnish will have to be removed regularly to restore the original appearance of your painting. The oxidation process is a slow process that can take years. The resulting paint will need to be protected to prevent fading.

How to Apply Varnish on Oil Painting?

When applying varnish to an oil painting, the first thing you should do is check to see how it reacts with the solvent. Try to use a Q-Tip or a piece of tissue paper and wet it with the solvent. Then, wipe the surface with the dampened Q-Tip or tissue. If the painting reacts negatively to the solvent, it is time to apply the final varnish.

Varnishing oil paintings is very straightforward. It is beginner-friendly and will help your painting have a more finished appearance. It will also enhance the depth and intensity of the colours. And it will protect your painting from UV rays that cause pigments to fade over time. This article explains some of the basic steps involved in applying varnish to an oil painting. Once you have mastered these basics, it is time to learn how to apply the final varnish.

The varnishing process will take time. Thin earth colour paint applications will dry in a few months, whereas thicker oils can take up to six months or even two years to dry. Although this may seem excessive, artists will need to wait this long to make any changes. However, modern synthetic varnishes will allow the oxidation process to take place. This process is the most time-consuming, but it will last for years.