February 15, 2008, Newsletter Issue #106: What Should I Protect My Painting With?

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Every completed oil painting needs a protective finishing coat on it. This protective finish is usually found in the form of a varnish. Oil paint takes several months to dry so usually the varnish isnít put on the oil painting for quite some time. It is important to ensure that your painting is completely dry before putting a protective topcoat over it. You should store you drying oil painting in a closet or other dust-free place until the painting is completely dry. When dry you can choose which type of varnish works best for you. There are different types of varnish and they dry in different finishes.

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