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All the comments Iíve read agree with you, which is not surprising. Itís a pricy material. How does this look without putting on a veneer coating? I read that a spray coating is required for this canvas, as opposed to roll coating, and I donít have the ability to spray coating at this time.
I think it looks fine without a coating, but I also think the claims that it doesn't need a coating are laughable. I'm not sure which manufacturer claimed it first, but now many of them are saying they have a gloss canvas that doesn't need a coating.
I started using gloss canvas just before I gave in and moved to coating. (I'm now another person who wishes I started spraying sooner.) Some varnishes seem to re-liquify the ink. If you use really light pressure and few passes to get a base coat on, you can sometimes get away with it, although you'll occasionally wreck a print and that's not the best way to start out with a base coat anyway. I did a few prints on Breathing Color's Crystalline gloss canvas with their Timeless coating, however it's not a recommended way to go. Basically, if it re-liquifies, but you don't smush it around and it dries, you're generally OK. Not smushing it around is the tough part.
I also found that IJ Technologies' Black Diamond top coat rolls fine onto their gloss and satin canvases, and that's officially supported by them. There's something different in its formulation that it doesn't eat the ink on gloss canvas like some others. Granted, it's very pricey at ~ $268 for a 44"x40'. (But I also found a higher gamut than Epson or Breathing Color.) It does curl the heck out of it as it dries. Like, your large canvas print is about ready to fit in a 2" diameter shipping tube! But, it stretched OK, and I never found any damage due to it.