How To Finish an Acrylic Pour Painting with Resin (Beginner’s Guide)

Many artists like to use a gloss varnish on their paintings to seal and protect them, and give a nice shiny finish. I use MinWax Polycrylic on mine. But if you really want to take your finish up a level, then adding resin on top of your pour gives the most glossy, the most luxurious and the most professional looking finish.

However it comes at a price. Resin is more expensive than varnish or other finishes. But when you feel you are worth it, and so is your art, or you have a very special piece, or a special commission, then you should give it a try. Danny shows you how to apply resin in two thin coats on top of a canvas with an acrylic pour in this video.


After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.

You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.


    1. I honestly don’t know Michelle. Crazing in the varnish maybe, but not in the paint. The resin would only add a clear top coat so if the paint looks cracked, it would still look cracked but with a clear coat over it – I would have thought.

  1. Hi Deby, You mention at the top of this article that you use Minwax polycrylic. I have purchased some and am eager to try it. Do you mix it in directly with your paint, coat the top after or both? What would be the ratio of minwax to paint? Your help would be tremendous. Thank you Michelle

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