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Golden Sandable Hard Gesso 236ml


GOLDEN Sandable Hard Gesso is formulated with 100% acrylic polymer emulsion. It contains high levels of titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate and talc to produce an easily sanded surface.

NOTE: This product is designed for rigid substrates only and is NOT to be used on flexible materials, as cracking may occur.


NOTE: Only apply GOLDEN Sandable Hard Gesso onto surfaces prepared with one or more coats of regular GOLDEN Gesso. Do not apply directly onto substrates, acrylic paints, or other primers as cracking may occur. Potential for cracking and film failure can occur if used on highly absorbent surfaces, like canvas, even when adhered to a rigid surface beforehand. To minimize this risk, GOLDEN Sandable Hard Gesso should only be used on inflexible substrates, such as hardboard, wood or metal panels, that have been initially primed with GOLDEN regular gesso. Any other use of this product might result in product failure. Apply in multiple thin layers, gradually building up to the desired thickness. A single thick layer tends to crack upon drying.


When sanding, follow these general guidelines:

  • Allow Sandable Hard Gesso to dry completely before sanding. Cured acrylic films are easier to sand.
  • Start with coarser grit sandpapers, followed by subsequently finer grits until desired smoothness is achieved.
  • Both wet and dry sandpapers may be used.
  • Wet sanding generates less airborne dust and tends to produce a smoother surface than dry sanding.
  • Sanding to a glossy (polished) surface can reduce mechanical adhesion of paint films. As always, test for your application.
  • Upon completion of sanding, use a damp, soft cloth to remove sanding dust particles from the surface. Failure to do so can cause poor adhesion.


  • Brushing: This product may be diluted with up to 20% water for ease of brush application.
  • Spraying: Dilute Sandable Hard Gesso with GOLDEN Airbrush Medium. Begin at a 2:1 ratio (Gesso:Medium) and test spray quality, as various spray equipment may require additional thinning. Further reduce viscosity by adding up to 20% water.

Acrylic Painting S.I.D. Protection

To reduce yellowing caused by Support Induced Discoloration (S.I.D.) of acrylic gel medium layers and glazes, first apply two coats of GAC 100 – allowing them to dry thoroughly- then apply one or more coats of regular GOLDEN Gesso, also allowing them sufficient time to dry thoroughly. Then apply the desired number of coats of Sandable Hard Gesso.

Oil Painting Substrate Protection

To protect natural substrates from linseed oil acids, follow the above instructions for S.I.D. protection. Allow the acrylic products sufficient time to cure before applying oil paints in order to maximize mechanical adhesion.

Mixing With Other GOLDEN Products:

GOLDEN Sandable Hard Gesso may be tinted up to 10% with GOLDEN Acrylic colors. Higher levels of paints reduce the sandability and absorbency of the product.

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