Top Coat Craquelure System

Crack effect varnish for a traditional aged finish

This high-quality Polyvine product produces a cracked varnish effect for a traditional aged finish.

By using a simple two part (base coat and top coat) clear acrylic system, this varnish faithfully reproduces the regular crazed pattern associated with old porcelain glazes.

The crackle effect produced by craquelure can be accentuated with a crack highlighter, available in either white or dark brown for a truly aged finish.

Please note that you need to buy both the base coat and the top coat to create the effect.

ideal for

  • Decoupage
  • Small objects
  • Picture frames
  • Decorative finishes

unique qualities

  • Water-based
  • Low odour
  • Water wash up
  • Quick drying
  • Easy to apply

available in

  • 100ml
  • 500ml
  • 1 litre

drying times

  • 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on temperature


  • 8 square metres per litre

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