Mineral Spirit Acrylic
Golden MSA Varnish is very hard and durable, especially excellent for outdoor murals as well as regular paintings. It arrives needing to be diluted with solvent 3:1 (3 parts varnish to 1 part solvent) so that the mix is fresh. Not all solvents are compatible, some make the mixture go gloopy or solid. We tested 12 solvents to see which are compatible so we now know how to advise our artists as to the solvent to choose.
MSA stands for Mineral Spirit Acrylic, it is made with acrylic resin but is not water-soluble. MSA Varnish forms a tougher, less permeable film than waterborne acrylic emulsion varnishes. It reduces dirt penetration and surface marring, offering an extremely level film with less foam and fewer pinholes. It is removable with turpentine after drying. Available in Gloss, Satin and Matte. Recommended for either interior or exterior use. For use on acrylics, oils, temperas, watercolours and various other media.
Dilution Test Results
Twelve solvents tested.
7 mixed well, creating a clear, smooth, fluid mixture.
5 mixed poorly, making the varnish cloudy, and gloopy or even solid.
Yes- you can use these to dilute Golden MSA Varnish:
Jackson’s Pure Turpentine
Jackson’s English Distilled Turpentine
Roberson’s Rectified Spirit of Turpentine
Winsor & Newton White Spirit
Winsor & Newton Distilled Turpentine
No- you cannot use these to dilute Golden MSA Varnish
Jackson’s Low-Odour Solvent
Wallace Seymour Shellsol T
Daler-Rowney Low Odour Thinners
Opening the Tin
The tin is sealed to prevent leakage in shipping and needs a one-time puncture opening. This video shows the opening method clearly as well as the dilution procedure:
Customer Reviews of Golden MSA Varnish
– “its all I use for my work that how good this product is”
– “brilliant. wouldn’t use anything else”
– “excellent levelling properties leaving a very smooth glass like finish”
– “I’ve used this product before and it is top quality finish for my paintings and helps to save any damage during storage etc.”
Click on the underlined link to go to the Golden MSA Varnish on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39 or more.