Looking for glossy, self-leveling, resin-like one-part arylic clear coat
October 9, 2013 11:04 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a product comparable to Ranger's "Glossy Accents" but cheaper and/or sold in larger quantities. I use it between paint layers to get a deep glaze effect on a playing-card-size panels.
posted by blnkfrnk to media & arts (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for a larger quantity, ideally at a lower price per ounce (I am currently paying about $5/2oz.) Larger jar is more important than price point-- the tiny bottle is annoying because I go through it so fast.
The product needs to be a glossy, self-leveling (no brushstrokes, totally flat), permanent, compatible with acrylic, and should look like deep resin/epoxy. It should stay dry in every environment, or if it tends to get a little soft in a hot room, I need to know about that so I can warn people.
Liquitex pouring medium gets close, but levels out too flat/ doesn't "pillow up"-- I want to totally eliminate surface texture in one coat. The paint layer should appear "encased" in the glaze coat. It doesn't have to encase very high peaks, but it should encase a surface texture at least as deep as stucco in one coat. Two coats would be OK if I could pour the second on top of the first midway through the first's drying time. GAC 100 and Golden Polymer medium also do not dome up enough. I have not tried a clear tar gel yet.
A little bit of yellowing over time is OK. I would prefer to minimize yellowing. I don't really want any coloration in the product, but I'd like the option to tint with acrylics. I am ok with polishing the surface for a higher shine.
It should dry in 24 hours or less, and I'll settle for a two-part resin if I have to, but I'd like it to be premixed. I don't care what it smells like so long as it doesn't pose a danger to myself or others in my apartment. Minimal toxicity or toxicity that can be easily mitigated is somewhat important.
I'm pretty sure this product doesn't exist, but please surprise me. I will try every wackadoo idea that has half a chance of working. I have not tried 2-part resins or Envirotex because of the hassle of mixing them, the relatively large batches you have to mix up at once (I could probably adjust my workflow around doing big batches of pours at once, but I don't want to), and the difficulty of finding one that "domes" similar to the Glossy Accents. But I'd love to hear if you think that 2-part resins would work. Brand names please! Thanks for your help!