Dammar gum comes from a natural resin (copal) that flows from the bark insects Dammara pine in India or in Southeast Asia. It is a product known to painters and cabinetmakers who use it in varnish or mediums because the Dammar resin combines three remarkable properties:
- It is very transparent,very slightly coloured (it is the least coloured of all the natural solid resins) and does not turn yellow .
- It gives a very bright paint or varnish.
- It is inexpensive.
Dammar gum is used for the composition medium to paint and especially in the manufacture of soft and glossy varnish Crystal style. Dammar gum has excellent adhesive power and is often mixed with wax.
The Dammar gum dissolves completely in the citrus solvent.