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craquelure system
crack effect varnish
  • craquelure  base coat   100ml
  • craquelure  base coat  500ml
  • craquelure  top coat   100ml
  • craquelure  top coat  500ml
  • craquelure  top coat 1 litre
  • craquelure base coat 1 litre
  • craquelure highlighter
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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.
Please note that you need to buy both the base coat and the top coat to create the effect.
The crackle effect produced by craquelure can be accentuated with a crack highlighter which is available in either white or dark brown for a truly aged finish.

ideal for
• antiquing • decoupage • small objects • picture frames • decorative finishes

unique qualities
• easy to apply • water based • low odour • quick drying • wash brushes and tools in water

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  • craquelure base coatcraquelure base coat
  • craquelure top coatcraquelure top coat

at a glance product info

  • interior
  • quick drying
    quick drying

available in: 100ml • 500ml • 1 litre

drying time: 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on temperature • coverage: 8 square metres per litre

application and advice

Invert bottle to mix. Apply with a good quality brush. Craquelure performs very well between 16°c (60°f) and 21°c (70°f). Performance outside this range is impaired. Seal porous surfaces with the Top Coat before starting and allow to dry. Apply a liberal coating of Base Coat to the surface, avoiding brush marks and unevenness. Allow to dry – the milky appearance turns clear but the surface remains sticky. Apply a coating of Top Coat avoiding brush marks and unevenness. As the Top Coat dries, fine cracks will appear. If the temperature is too high, play a fan or cold hair dryer over the surface.
Use Polyvine Craquelure highlighter in dark or light to emphasise the craquelure effect - see swatches for effect.
For extra protection apply a coat of Top Coat.

Always try the technique on a test piece before embarking on the project. Walls and vertical surfaces need a lot of practice.

Protect from extremes of temperature during storage and application.

health, safety and the environment
Non-hazardous. Ensure good ventilation.
Keep out of reach of children. Contact with eyes - wash immediately with warm water. Remove excess from tools and mixing vessels before washing in warm soapy water. Do not empty into drains or watercourses.

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VAT and Delivery

VAT: All prices exclude VAT, which will be added at the checkout

Dispatch: Orders are dispatched on the next working day after your order is placed. The orders are then sent on a next working day service. There are no weekend deliveries. Deliveries outside mainland UK may take longer.

Delivery Costs: Delivery costs £10.00 +VAT within mainland UK. Delivery to Northern Ireland, the Scottish highlands and offshore islands costs more. You will see the cost of your delivery at the checkout before committing to pay. Orders over £175 are delivered FREE

Faulty products that are deemed to be manufacturer error will be accepted free of charge. A 10% re-stocking charge will be made on returned items that have been refused delivery by the customer.