A finish is given to works of this nature by a coat of spirit varnish.
The surfaces of the body, of the cavities, and of the incisions, were supplied with several applications of spirit varnish.
Gold can also be applied with a brush in the form of powder suspended in liquid gum or spirit varnish.
No spirit varnish ought to be made either near a fire or by candle light.
To reblacken brasses, mix a little lampblack with spirit varnish.
Again, they deem it wise to get a colour at any price, which can only be done in our day by the use of spirit varnish.
In using bronzes or gold in powder, some spirit varnish or specially prepared varnish is necessary to make them adhere.
Varnishing is nowadays always done with spirit varnish, which is convenient for working.
At present, spirit varnish with its quick drying and high surface is almost exclusively used for this purpose.
mid-14c., from Old French vernis "varnish" (12c.), from Medieval Latin vernix "odorous resin," perhaps from Late Greek verenike, from Greek Berenike, name of an ancient city in Libya (modern Bengasi) credited with the first use of varnishes. The town is named for Berenike II, queen of Egypt (see Berenice). Figurative sense of "specious gloss, pretense," is recorded from 1560s.
late 14c.; see varnish (n.). Related: Varnished; varnishing.