Varnishes (Artist)

Industrial Consumer

Art materials are inherently hazardous. Even the least harmful products may have some amount of hazardous ingredients. Try reducing your exposure by using personal protective equipment, ventilating your space and only buying what you need.

The following product reviews have been requested by program partners. To know which of your existing products are safer to use, please review their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to see if they have the same ingredients as the products listed here.

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Weber Synvar Varnish

Weber Synvar Varnish
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Manufacturer(s)
Martin F. Weber Co
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated space. Wear nitrile gloves and protective goggles.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

SpectraFix Spray Fixative

SpectraFix Spray Fixative
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Manufacturer(s)
Spectra Fix
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Use in a well ventilated area.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Liquitex Gloss Spray Varnish

Liquitex Gloss Spray Varnish
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Manufacturer(s)
Liquitex
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials
When to Use

Wear nitrile gloves while working with this material. Use in a well ventilated area.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

Golden Polymer Varnish w/ UVLS (Gloss)

Golden Polymer Varnish w/ UVLS (Gloss)
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Manufacturer(s)
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Vendor(s)
Dick Blick Art Materials, FLAX Art & Design
When to Use

Wear a N95 mask while working with this material. Use in a well ventilated area.

Product/Service Type
Consumer

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Info on this product category: Varnishes (Artist)

Why Go Green

Many art products contain hazardous ingredients that are harmful to your health and the health of the environment. There are safer alternatives available for most categories of art materials. In case, safer alternatives cannot be used, use the recommended personal protective equipment and ventilation.

Criteria for Varnishes (Artist)

These products have been evaluated and shown to not contain carcinogens, asthmagens, mutagens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins and reproductive toxicants. They have been evaluated using the Pharos Project and the ChemHAT database.

Last updated

Last updated: 
November 7, 2014

Reports

The Safer Art Products & Practices factsheet helps artists make safer decisions when it comes to purchasing, using and disposing art materials.

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

Many art products contain hazardous material that should not end up in the trash, recycling or composting bins or be poured down the drain.
Professionals: Call Recology SF's Very Small Quantity Generator Program at (415) 330-1425 to dispose of all art waste.
Hobby Artists: Call (415) 330-1405

Empty clean containers can be recycled in the Recycling bin.