Ultra-Pale Shellac Lavender Varnish

$38.95 - $138.95
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Double Carbon Treated Shellac based varnish used for Tintypes, Ambrotypes, and Glass Negatives.

This varnish is made with the lightest shellac flakes available, with a small amount of sandarac resin added for smoothness. The dissolved resin is DOUBLE carbon treated and micro filtered to remove as much additional color and impurities as possible. Only pure 95% ethanol is used to ensure that no harsh denaturants harm the image during the most dreaded step of the wet plate process.  The resin, alcohol and steam distilled French lavender oil are balanced so that the varnish can be applied at room temperature, then heated to dry.   

One of the main advantages of this varnish is that the final coating is harder and dries faster than sandarac.  This means that post varnishing the surface is less likely to be scratched.  The durability and light color makes for beautifully protected plates.

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  • 5
    No Better

    Posted by Shane Balkowitsch on Apr 13th 2021

    This is the best varnish for wet plates, period.

  • 5
    Favorite Shellac

    Posted by Liz on Mar 29th 2021

    After struggling with huge ridges from sandarac, I made the switch to shellac. I tried the light shellac originally because the UP was sold out, but now that I've tried this one it's my new favorite. It flows super evenly and doesn't darken the image so it doesn't even look as if there's varnish on it. And no more flow back edge, the best.

  • 5
    Best Varnish for Wet Plates

    Posted by Shane Balkowitsch on Oct 21st 2020

    I have tried them all, this is by far the finest product on the planet

  • 5

    Posted by Maxine on Sep 24th 2019

    I posted about this when I ordered it, and I had a few veteran tintypists reach out to tell me how much they love it. I understood once I used it. There’s no reason to use anything different TBH. This formula is thin, which makes it nearly fool proof. No varnish ridges. Which I admit I’m prone to. My plates hardly look varnished which is exactly what I’m looking for. I want my plates to look the way they look once they dry out of the wash. Just silver on aluminum. No yellow tint and I don’t have to compensate my exposure knowing that I’ll end up varnishing. This stuff is gold. (Very clear, pale gold.)

  • 5
    Good Stuff

    Posted by Nick on Sep 24th 2019

    Goes on the plate nicely and leaves a beautiful glossy finish. Compared to sandarac it leaves an almost colorless finish. It also has a much fainter aroma. If you like to use a pour spout with your varnish bottle, be advised that the narrow bottle opening doesn't accommodate a standard sized spout, so you'll have to transfer the varnish to another bottle that can.