How to Finish Canvas Prints With a Lacquer

Updated June 13, 2017

Printing photos on canvas is a cool and easy way to make artwork out of your photos. It also provides more durability for your photos, lasting up to one hundred years. You may find it useful to finish the print with lacquer, because lacquering increases the quality and the durability of the print. It also protects the print from fading, scuffing, and scratches.

Prepare your work space by putting down plastic or newspaper in the area where you plan to apply the lacquer. Also, be sure to cover any nearby items that you do not want covered in lacquer. Choose a space that is well-ventilated with no open flames nearby.

Fill the spray gun with lacquer. This is not necessary, if you purchased lacquer in a spray can. However, using a spray gun will allow for more even coverage. If you do not own a spray gun, you can rent one from a local hardware store.

Test the can or spray gun once, by spraying it directly onto the newspaper or plastic, but away from your print. This gives you an idea of what the flow will be like.

Begin spraying your print with the lacquer at the top corner and spray evenly across to the other corner. Continue spraying the lacquer -- back across to the opposite side -- until all areas are evenly covered with lacquer. Avoid applying a heavy layer of lacquer on the first coat. If you would like more applied later, it can be done in the second coat. Wait one or two days for the first coat to dry and reapply a second coat, if desired.

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