Glamour 2

Archival print varnish

Protect your canvas and fine art prints

  • * Matte & gloss finishes
  • * Pint & gallon sizes
  • * Spray or roll application
  • * Provides UV protection
  • * Great for larger prints


Glamour II Veneer, an award-winning and proprietary canvas varnish (and/or giclee varnish), has been developed to protect, preserve and enhance fine art and photographic prints produced on digital inkjet printers. This new non yellowing, water based canvas varnish is a perfect solution for easy inkjet print finishing. Glamour II will enhance the color of pigmented and ultrachrome inks on matte media and increase resistance to image fading. It will protect your expensive images against moisture and abrasion.

Glamour II Veneer giclee varnish has been specifically developed as a water based product to avoid the unpleasant and hazardous fumes given off by solvent based products, and is an absolutely perfect compliment to our very own Brilliance Canvas range. The combination of Glamour II Veneer with our Brilliance "Chromata White" Canvas (free of optical brightener additives) delivers the most archival and color-stable fine art reproduction available. Please visit the FAQ to get tips on how to varnish our Chromata Canvas range.



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If you would like to spray coat your prints using an HVLP system (high volume low pressure), we recommend the Fuji 2903-XPC Mini-Mite 3 HVLP Spray System or the Wagner Control Spray Plus HVLP .


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In smaller production, Glamour II Veneer giclee varnish should be roll brush applied. Only one coat is necessary. Glamour II Veneer can also be brush applied, sprayed, and used in roll coaters. The product has self-leveling qualities that make it virtually ideal for one-step hassle free coating and no streaks.

Glamour II Veneer is available in Gloss and Matte finishes. Furthermore, Gloss and Matte can be mixed together, enabling you to creatively produce your own perfect look and feel. Whether it be gloss, semi-gloss, semi-matte - the choice is completely yours. 

*Glamour II Veneer is also commonly used as a very effective mounting adhesive.

Always heat the water before you mix with Glamour II Coating. Put a cup of distilled water in the microwave for 8-10 seconds, then mix. This will make mixing easier and allow G2 to be applied more evenly and effortlessly. Do not apply any pressure with the foam roller. Only use the weight of the roller to spread around the coating. Pressure will cause streaks and lines that are impossible to get out. It will also cause air to pass through the foam roller and inject into the coating, creating air bubbles.

The canvas is so thirsty that it will pull the coating into the weave, by itself. Be VERY generous with the coating. Your print should look like you have spilled a glass of water on it. Almost every problem that can happen during this coating process can be solved by using more Glamour II. Be generous. Do not spend too much time coating. The more you work it the worse it gets. Quickly spread the coating around the print, making sure there is a lot of coating touching every area, then walk away. THE PRINT WILL NOT LOOK PERFECT WHEN YOU WALK AWAY. Do not try to make the print look perfect or even while it is still wet. Do not watch the print dry. Just spread Glamour II around as quickly as possible, then walk away. There are leveling agents in the coating will do the rest.

Do not use the bumps inside the roller tray. They will definitely leave an impression on the print itself.

When rolling, dilute no more than 30% with distilled water. You may experiment with using less water, but never use more. Water is only a vehicle to allow the coating to spread around quickly and easily. As a general rule, the less water, the better.

When spraying, dilute no more than 50% with distilled water. Depending upon your HVLP gun, you may be able to dilute only 30% with distilled water, which would be ideal. Only use an HVLP gravity feed gun when spraying. Spray the prints flat, or at a 30 degree angle. Spray one heavy coat first, then about 30-45 minutes later, spray a thinner coat.


glamour 2 data sheet

  Retail$250+$1000+ Qty
Glamour 2 - Pint, Matte $2135 - -
Glamour 2 - Gallon, Matte $9625 $7989 $7055
Glamour 2 - Pint, Gloss $2135 - -
Glamour 2 - Gallon, Gloss $9625 $7989 $7055
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