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Can I use your varnish to protect wallpaper?
We recommend Decorators Varnish to protect wallpaper. Please have a watch of our video demonstrating the benefits of using decorators varnish to protect wallpaper. Remember to apply satin first, followed by dead flat, if you require a dead flat finish.
I need to use a solvent varnish but I don’t want it to yellow. What do you suggest?
Polyvine Extra Pale Varnish is our only solvent based varnish; it is far less yellowing than traditional solvent varnishes.
Will my wooden table turn yellow after varnishing?
All of the Polyvine water-based varnishes are non-yellowing and leave wood looking very natural. However wood will change colour naturally over time with age.
Can I use Polyvine Varnish and Paint Remover on solvent based products?
Yes, you can use Polyvine Varnish and Paint Remover on both solvent and water based products.
Are your varnishes vegan?
All our varnishes are vegan and contain no animal products. All information on ingredients can be found in the technical data and MSDS sheets.
What varnish should I use for interior wood protection that will not impart any colour tint to the bare wood?
We would suggest Polyvine Heavy Duty Wood varnish; this will keep the wood look as natural as possible.
Can I apply Polyvine Decorators Varnish over Polyvine Heavy Duty Wood varnish?
This is not something we would suggest: they are very different products, one type being an acrylic, the other being a polyurethane.
Is it ok to use Polyvine Heavy Duty Wood varnish over a water based paint?
Yes it is, as long as the paint is water based.
Are your varnishes food safe?
Once fully cured all Polyvine varnishes are food and child safe.
If I can not shake your varnish, how am I meant to mix it?
We suggest to invert the bottle; shaking will introduce bubbles.
“Just wondering what product of yours is best to seal a newly painted limewash wall?”
We would suggest Polyvine Decorators Varnish .
Can Polyvine Decorators Varnish be applied to paint?
As long as it is water based you can apply Polyvine Decorators Varnish over a painted wall.
Can I water down Polyvine Oil Scumble with white spirit?
Yes, but no more than 10% white spirit.
What colour is Polyvine Pearl Metallic?
Polyvine Pearl Metallic Paint is a white pearlescent paint. It can be coloured by adding an acrylic colorant to produce a lovely pastel coloured pearl paint.
Can the Wood Oil be sprayed?
Yes it can be sprayed.
Can I apply dead flat varnish over the satin?
Yes, we always suggest two coats of satin followed by one coat of dead flat.
Where can I buy UK/Abroad?
Take a look at our stockist locator, here you will find UK stockists and International stockists .
The paint does not look even.
Using a similar colour underneath as a primer (e.g. grey under silver) will help Polyvine Metallic Paint look even, and use less paint to cover; we suggest using a similar base colour (water-based) to the paint you are using.
Which varnish do I use to protect the glaze?
For all water based glazes we would suggest Polyvine Decorators Varnish.
Which glaze should I use?
Do you have anything suitable for bare plaster?
Polyvine Decorators Varnish is suitable for this application: The first coat can be watered down with up to 10% water as the surface will be porous. Subsequent coats need not be watered down. For a satin finish three coats will be required. For a dead flat finish we recommend two coats satin and the last coat that is applied should be dead flat.
Which varnish can I use to protect a mural?
We would suggest using Polyvine Decorators Varnish.
The varnish appears white?
The appearance of the varnish as it is poured out of the bottle is a white opaque thickish liquid. It will brush on clear.
The varnish is peeling off?
The varnish hasn’t adhered to the substrate. Please contact us for further advice or see our helpsheets.
What can I use for laminated doors?
We would suggest Polyvine Multi Surface Lacquer.
What can I use for external Oak?
We only have one product suitable: Polyvine Interior and Exterior Wood Oil.
Can I paint over Polyvine Decorators Varnish?
Yes, but always check with the manufacturer of the paint you want to use.
How do I prepare the job?
Take a look at our video on how to prepare the surface https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cQ1Rpg5n10
How long can I store the product for?
Polyvine Varnishes do not have a shelf life as long as they stored well; do not store in extreme temperatures.
Can I spray Polyvine Varnish?
Yes, if needed it can be watered down with up to 10% water. Please have a look at our helpsheets.
How do you apply Polyvine varnish?
You can use a conventional spray gun or a high volume low pressure spray gun. A short pile gloss roller is also suitable or you may use a synthetic varnish brush. Please visit the application page on our website.
What can I use to protect Gold leaf?
We would recommend Polyvine Multi Surface Lacquer.
Dead Flat finish is not Dead Flat.
Have you painted on too thick a layer? Try sanding back and reapplying a thinner layer. The surface you are applying the varnish to may also be porous. Please call us for any further advice or read our helpsheets.
Exterior coatings and their performance in exterior applications
Please read our technical helpsheet on this subject.
Dead flat reflections and how we achieve dead flat finishes
Have a read of our technical helpsheet on this subject.
Exterior wood varnish and avoiding the most common problems
Have a read of our technical helpsheets.
Varnish failures and why your varnish might fail
Have a read of our technical helpsheets.
Protecting timber from the effects of UV
Can I colour Wax Finish Varnish to match a particular wood?
Yes you can. By using Polyvine Acrylic Colourant.
This range of 25 concentrated colours and wood tones are inter-mixable, so you can mix and match to your required colour. They have super high quality pigments, specifically formulated to give superior colour saturation. Polyvine Acrylic Colourant can be used with many waterbased products including varnish, scumble glaze, stain, emulsion, glue, filler, masonry paint, tile grout and cement.
Which varnish should I use to protect wooden surfaces from moisture in a bathroom or kitchen?
Our Heavy Duty Extreme Varnish fits the bill… it’s designed to protect surfaces that need an ultra-tough waterproof finish. It offers the ultimate protection of interior and exterior surfaces to an industrial level of finish which makes it great for kitchen work surfaces and cabinet doors, plus it’s food safe when dry.
Can Polyvine Acrylic Enamel be used in an airbrush?
Yes it can. We recommend diluting with water to aid the passage of the paint through the nozzle and applying at least 2-3 coats. It’s always good to test your mix out first, as airbrushes differ in their paint viscocity requirements.
Polyvine products are stocked at all good decorators’ merchants across the UK. Search our directory to find your nearest stockist.