Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bob Ross Finishing Spray

When I complete one of my Bob Ross style paintings, whether it be for display, sale, or just to hang in my home, I spray it with the Bob Ross Finishing Varnish. I do it right after I complete the painting and while it's still wet. However, you should NOT use other varnishes on your paintings this way. If you do want to put a protective varnish over your painting and don't want to use the Bob Ross Brand, you have a couple of options. The first is Retouch or Damar Varnish. You can safely spray this on your painting once it's been dry to the touch for over a month. Waiting longer is better, but you should be ok. FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS!!! The next option is to wait a year after you've completed the painting and brush or spray on a final gloss or matte varnish. Oil paintings take 6 months to a year to completely dry....even though they may feel dry to the touch. Try to think of oil paintings drying as being a chemical process...not evaporation. Again, read the labels and feel free to ask me if you have any questions. Happy Painting!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I hope you're still around because I'm kind of in a bind... I need to get a painting to someone ASAP and I have the Bob Ross Finishing Spray. There aren't many reviews of it online. My questions are:
    #1- How much handling can my painting take after I spray it? Can it really be touched, like passed around for people to look at? Maybe lightly touched but don't jab your fingernail into it? What if someone bumps it or leans it on something face down?
    #2- Before I spray I want to be sure it really won't yellow, and that if the painting never gets varnished, that's ok. The descriptions all say "until the final varnishing"... will using this spray make it *require* a final varnishing? I don't usually varnish and the painting will no longer be in my possession.
    Thank you for any advice,