Damar gum also protects against discoloration. You can use damar gum as an addition to your oil or alkyd-based paint. Damar gum is also used in paints as a binder for pigments. Damar gum is a 100% natural resin produced by the sap of the Damar tree which grows in Indonesia. It is also a safe resin to use in products. The main ingredient of Damar gum is guaiazulene, which has antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin when applied topically or inhaled briefly.

How to use Damar gum resin in artistic paintings as a varnish

Briefly — To use Damar gum as a finish, first dissolve the resin in turpentine by heating it until it thickens. Seal the lid and leave the mixture to infuse for about two weeks. Then strain the mixture through a filter cloth and add it to your paint.

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Step by step instructions

Step One:  Dissolve the Damar resin with turpentine by heating it until it thickens. You can do this in a double boiler or on the stove top. Do not overheat the turpentine! It should not boil.

Step Two:  Pour the mixture into a container and seal the lid. You can seal the lid with tape or plastic wrap to keep it from evaporating.

Step Three:  Leave the Damar gum resin mixture to infuse in a cool, dark place for a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours, and two weeks for best results.

Step Four:  Strain the mixture through a filter cloth and add it to your paint. If you desire, you can use coffee filters or muslin cloths for straining out the resin. You can also use fine sieves for this purpose if you have them on hand or prefer using them instead of coffee filters or muslin cloths. Just remember to strain out all materials before adding the infused mixture to any kind of paint to your project.

Step Five:  Add the infused Damar gum resin mixture to your paint. It is recommended to add the Damar gum resin mixture to your paint at a ratio of five parts Damar resin mixture for each one hundred parts of paint. In other words, only five percent of your paint should contain the infused mixture. And most importantly, consult a professional before beginning your project.


Damar resin will add a lovely sheen to your paint and it preserve your art work. But you have to be careful about how much Damar mixture you add because it dries hard. Adding too much could make your paint dry too quickly, which can result in cracking or flaking later on down the line.

Hope this article can benefit the readers. The information in this blog post is just a small taste of what we can offer. If you have any question about Damar sap then check out our website or give us a call. We would love to hear from you!

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Haircuts · January 6, 2023 at 4:51 am

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