How To

Tips and Techniques / SOUL DECOR TOP COATS FAQ


Soul Decor Varnish is a NZ made water based sealer. Our vanish is eco friendly, low in v.o.c, non-yellowing and no added nasties.


Soul Decor Varnish should be stirred before use. Do not shake the can as this may produce bubbles. If the can has been shaken, leave it to stand for about 10 mins to let the bubbles disperse. On application, this varnish is white in colour, but will become transparent as it dries with a satin sheen finish.

It is important to apply the product rapidly and not keep working the surface as it begins to dry.Water-based Varnish should be laid down with a couple of quick strokes. Don’t worry too much about the appearance of the wet finish. It will look awful at first, but water-based Varnish has an amazing ability to pull tight as it cures, like shrink wrap. If you go back and try to rework the film, you’re likely to cause a big mess. Doing so can result in white patches as the brush scratches the drying varnish. Resist the urge. If you see a dust speck, just leave it alone and fix the problem later with sandpaper and another coat. A minimum of two coats is recommended.


Ensure the surface is clean and dust-free. Use a soft wide brush, do not soak the brush in the varnish but rather dip the bristles only half-way up their length. Brush in one direction, being careful when brushing back over an area not to “lift” the varnish. If the varnish has tacked off (become tacky), it is starting to dry, do not brush over this area. If the area becomes tacky and is brushed over, the brush will pull the semi-dry varnish and leave marks and little particles of dry varnish.

Dry time

Touch Dry – 1-2 hours this can vary due to climate .


You can re-coat in 4-6 hours. Do not attempt to speed the drying process with a heat source such as a blow dryer or fan heater, as this may cause cracking over time.


11-12 sqm per 1 litre. This can vary depending on the application.

Clean up and storage

Soap and water. Do not store vanish where the temperature is below 10 degrees or above 36 degrees. Store your vanish in a cool, dry place.