I HATED Yupo the first couple times I used it. Not until after taking a Dru class using blair synthetic did I try to use Yupo again. Now it is my favorite . Blair paper is better but I'm cheap I get the 74 lb (9x12) ten sheets for about $15 free shipping online. But yes, it is easy to damage. I at least put 4030 over it to protect. For my paint pal I used rattle can acrylic clear on it.