BEVA Varnish

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[Conservator's Products, Chatham NJ] A registered trademark for a series of transparent synthetic varnishes primarily of Cyclohexanone resin. BEVA® varnishes are available in glossy, matte and UV stabilized formulations. The matte varnish contains Wax as a matting agent. Both contain a UV absorber and stabilizer.

Synonyms and Related Terms

BEVA Varnish (sp); BEVA® Matte Varnish; BEVA® Finishing Varnish


Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Advertised as remaining soluble in naphtha and low aromatic solvents after normal exposure to light for 20-30 years.
  • Boiling point= 140C
  • Density = 0.9 g/ml
  • Odor threshold = 2-5 ppm
  • Appearance = slightly yellow, transparent liquid

Resources and Citations

  • Conservator's Products: Matte Varnish and Finishing Varnish
  • Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997
  • E. Rene de la Rie and Christopher McGlinchey, New Synthetic Resins for Picture Varnishes?, IIC Preprints to the Brussels Congress, pp. 168-173.1
  • Robert L. Feller, Standards in the Evaluation of Thermoplastic Resins, Preprints of ICOM in Zabreg (1978), pp. 78/16/4.

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