Gamblin Gamvar is a varnish used to provide a protective surface on top of a finished oil painting. It saturates and gives greater depth to colours gives a unified shine to the surface. Gamblin Gamvar is available in Gloss, Satin or Matte depending on the desired finish. It is water clear and stays water clear throughout the life of the painting. Formulated with resin and a mild solvent (Gamsol Odourless Mineral Spirits) it is virtually odourless. Oil paintings can be safely varnished after the paint is touch dry (test by gently pushing a clean fingernail into a heavily painted area. If it is firm you are ready to varnish). There is no need to wait 6-12 months before varnishing with Gamblin Gamvar.
Apply Gamblin Gamvar as thinly as possible. Use a wide varnish brush in a vigorous brush action to ensure a thin even layer. Any excess can be patted off using a paper towel prior to applying to your painting. Gamblin Gamvar is easily removable with Gamsol, posing very little risk to paint layers below. To remove take two cotton cloths, one dry, the other soaked in Gamblin Gamsol. Rub in circular motion on the painting the wet cloth then repeat with the dry one.