and linseed oil? Canada. \"Washed\" mineral spirits have a much lower … You will find it even more helpful when it comes to using their gloss (especially on warm or very cold days). Ross Martinek that you employed here to write this Artist quality turpentine is designed to stand the test of time – so you can thin your paint with it knowing that it won’t have adverse reaction to the appearance of your colours over time, as is likely with less pure, cheap turpentines. Odourless Mineral Spirits) white spirit that has been refined further to remove toxic aromatic compounds. We have had instances of self Always use white spirit in a well ventilated room. Drying time is relatively quick although 24hr is needed for the paint to fully cure. But  yes, "paint thinner" will probably work. Thanks for reading and your comment. Unfortunately we cannot ship solvents by air so are unable to send to Canada. Lisa has been a contributor to the Jackson's Art Blog for the past 7 years, writing artist interviews, and features on oil, watercolour and print. Larch Venice Turpentine is a professional grade painting medium which is not suited to thinning paints and cleaning brushes. reactions by wearing latex gloves “, but this In Australia and New Zealand it is known as mineral turpentine. paint as it will spoil its quality, use proper It is not particularly suitable for painting plastics. Yes, I could keep using the white spirit, but it's quite annoying and unecessary. (it has a micca mineral addictive to give it the any comment on whether Zest-It is any good to use with AK Dust Effects & White Spirit Enamel Paint Hobby and Model Paint Set #60. I would suggest using turpentine as your thinner rather than artist’s white spirit, as the oil content will be greater than synethetic resin, which although is present in the liquin, will be in smaller proportions than the oil. Enamels are thinned with white spirit or turpentine. chemical resistant, especially for solvents…. products by that name?? That’s really interesting, and yes, turpentine will always be purer and less harsh, and have less impurities, the higher quality it is. The company recommended using Sansodor Mix it with Testors Enamel Thinner and it's fine. White spirit is less expensive as well. White Spirit is known by a number of names. These include Zest-It, Seville Citrus Turpentine and Studio Safe Orange Solvent. Larch Venice Turpentine will not cause yellowing and dries with an enamel-like gloss. Don’t use Household turps for art – it is likely to leave a gum residue that may prevent your painting from fully drying or cause yellowing to occur over time. White spirit for thinning paint. The vapors are enough to lay you out if you don’t take proper precautions. So what separates Sansodor from the rest of the same If you happen to have some enamel thinner on hand then put a few drops of Xtracolor in a jar or cap or something and add a little enamel thinner and see if it mixes. Not gel like with ODM, just little black flakes. Mineral spirits, called white spirit in UK, is a solvent that is used for thinning of paints and also as a cleaning agent. that will add that oily suppleness back into the paint. In a word, no. Cellulose thinners for a thorough cleaning of brushes every now and again (removes the build up at the ferrule). You should use low odour solvent over regular white spirit if you regularly come into close contact with your solvent. Next time I’m in my studio I’ll try mixing turps and Zest It – if you get to give it a go before me let me know if you notice anything! So you might need to do some tests if you can’t find the solvent recommended by Pebeo. They can be more challenging to paint with as they have a greater concentration of pigment, and each of these has their own set of characteristics. It is used to clean brushes, rollers and other equipment after using oil-based paints. to more stand oil as you progress 11. Thinning with white spirit is the usual thing to do with ‘vitrail’ paints, as I remember, so you shouldn’t have that difficulty. About Zest it and other brands that add The other and maybe most obvious reason it to help make the paint go further...(hence white spirits nickname...'doomore') it will help to a certain extent but the type of surface will have a bareing on this, imagine a gallon of water and a gallon of slightly thinned paint on a plaster surface...the paint allthough thicker will go … I add a little white spirit and Owatrol to help it flow. brushes; can they be mixed? Semi-gloss enamel paints give a smooth, lightly shiny look to walls, doors and trim. Hello, Lisa The price differential between "paint thinner" and odorless mineral spirits is trivial compared to the cost of your hobby paint. I’m not sure what would happen if the turpentine and Zest It are physically mixed together, although I can’t imagine anything too untoward would happen – worth a try with small quantities of both in a little jar just to see if any clouding occurs. Superior thinning of lacquers, varnishes, paints and oils - used by professionals. might turn toxic under influence of the UV Yes, but only if Enamel Paint is water-based. It is OK to use a little white spirit to thin the gloss a tad. Hobby paints are generally "higher tech" than the stuff you buy at the hardware or paint store to put on walls and lawn furniture, and less tolerant of contamination. You need to take care not to inhale too much, as it can cause many harmful side effects, including death. You suggest that “You can avoid skin 6 years ago. my area, and I’m not even sure it’s available in Canada. The highest quality turpentine (e.g. Can i thin enamel paints with turpentine for use in airbrush, or does the thinner have to be white spirit? White spirit if perfect for blending and streaking enamel and oil based products. While Artist’s White Spirit can be used to clean oil painting brushes, we would advise using low odour White Spirits such as Gamsol, Low Odour Solvent, Shellsol T and Sansodor in painting mediums. Technical information you get from the internet is best viewed with a jaundiced eye…. Use the most refined/lowest odour White Spirits, i.e. Close. and dry brushing. Hi, I have used Zest It with Liquin and oil paint and not found any issues, works OK for me. The less expensive low odour solvents are made of a Kerosene that has had the scent removed, but is not as refined, and as a result can be harsher to skin. I shall make changes to the post now though to make this all clearer, thank you! ), and there doesn't appear to be much difference between them although I probably use one of the proprietary thinners if I'm painting something important. I use Gamsol to dilute my alkyd oil mediums as they start to lose their suppleness. medium/solvent to get. I want to be able to thin Revell Enamels to an acrylic like viscosity, as even if I wash my brush after using the paint, it sticks to the brush and is only removable with white spirit. Use turpentine with and in Glaze Mediums and Varnish, as it will  dilute natural resins such as Copal, Dammar and Mastic, Do not use turpentine to thin Alkyd paints and mediums such as Liquin or Galkyd, Turpentine will thicken when exposed to air – do not use thickened turps and always keep in an air-tight container. recommendations for sets? Put some paint in a mixing jar and start adding thinners drop by drop, ideally using a pipette. exposure to oxygen). How to Thin a Semi-Gloss Enamel. Hello, Gamsol has undergone more refinement in order to remove the aromatic solvents – the most harmful component of solvents. I can’t seem to locate that product in here but I am still confused as to what Please is clean spirit the same as That's the price of the paint per gallon, probably somewhere between $700 and $800 US. Can You Thin Enamel Paint With White Spirit / Mineral Spirit? Thanks for the very informative article. Most water-mixable oil painters use mediums to increase the flow of their ... Can I use turpentine for painting and zest it for cleaning about this? My suggestion would be Oil paint dilutant and brush cleaner, in small quantities, on a cotton bud, rubbed very gently on the surface of your painting. You never know till you try. Solvents on their own can be used in the brush and palette cleaning process. For tidying up the wash could i use white spirit to remove any excess instead of buying a thinner? All the low-odour solvents worked the same for my test, so they are similar enough that you might be able to use another brand. In the US/Canada it is most commonly known as Mineral Spirits. That sounds like a good approach, as you will be increasing your ‘fat’ content as you add stand oil. If it mixes ok then it's probably doable, if the paint balls up or turns to gel then it probably isn't. Hi Lisa, I can’t purchase turpentine in my It is not advised to assume all citrus-fragrance or citrus based solvents are made of the same ingredients and in the same way – some, including Zest It, are made with a citrus oil as the primary ingredient, not as an additive to hide the smell. could not be stirred. Linseed oil on rags is at risk of combustion if it is exposed to oxygen, but not so much oxygen that it is free flowing around the rags and therefore keeping the rag cool. They will not leave any residue and are a great solvent to use both in cleaning up and thinning oil paints and mediums. Enamel Thinner in place of Minerial Spirit/White Spirit, By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. I have a black wash to apply to a kit. Therefore use low odour solvent to thin Oil, Alkyd paints and alkyd mediums, but not varnishes or any mediums (such as glaze mediums) that contain natural resins. Rectified Spirit of Turpentine) is made solely from the resin of Pine trees which gives it a clean, pleasant scent. But what does this mean for you and your oil painting? White spirit will not have an effect on dried acrylic paint, so mixed with oil or enamels it is good for washes etc. Water breaks down the binder in acrylic, thinning the paint so that it looks like watercolor and allows it to sink into the surface, resulting in a matte finish. They are more closer to turpentine than Petroleum Distillate as they will dilute natural resins such as Copal, Mastic and Dammar. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. Would you please give me references works for a short period of time (even without If you’ve browsed the solvents on Jacksonsart.com and want to know what MSA Solvent is for… Golden MSA Solvent is a specialist White Spirit formulated to thin Golden’s MSA Varnish; I’ve not tried it to thin oil paint but if you have we’d love to hear how it performed. Gamsol has so little odour for a white spirit. Hello, I am brand new to oil paints, and I turps lose their qualities? Use Artist’s Turpentine instead. The low-odour solvents including the citrus solvents made the varnish cloudy and instantly thickened, sometimes to a near solid. Stick to one type of brush for one type of paint. High grade paint and varnish thinners. whether Zest-it can be used with alkyd mediums? It is a petroleum distillate that is not only excellent degreaser, but also serves as a solvent in different kinds of products such as spray paints, wood preservatives, varnish, and aerosols. low odor spirits. Lisa. views on these, please? The pebeo bottle I added spirits An oil painting medium is anything that you add to paint to extend the paint and alter its performance when painting. 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Turps for cleaning brushes. citrus oil to hide the smell: I have read about to ended up being like a blob of puffy thick paint that Alternatively, can anyone suggest a good (cheap!) Could you tell me Insert the paddle into the paint. It is more suitable for paint thinning than other solvents as it will not affect the drying time of oil based … I haven't found a MM enamel that I can't thin with lacquer thinner if I want or need to but try using it with that same Floquil black and it bunches up. recommended Sansodor). However if you can use a regular turpentine substitute I can recommend Turpenoid – https://www.jacksonsart.com/search/?q=turpenoid, Your email address will not be published. Hi Lisa I’m not sure if I This type of brush would be ideal for working with enamel paint, which demands an even finish. If you use it for a long time or regularly it can cause contact dermatitis. another name brand and have tried using it but it only Fix the mixing paddle to your power drill. Use the most refined/lowest odour White Spirits, i.e. That said, regardless of whether these oils are present in the solvent in question or not, it is always recommended that all solvents and drying oils are kept in an airtight container away from daylight in order to preserve their condition and efficacy. help with cleaning brushes and a Yes, they are nearly the same thing. is incorrect! I’ve just started using Zest-It and was wondering if you have If I purchase another name brand that is “low odor Tamiya German Panther Medium Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35065. Because paint thinner contains various solvents, this gives it more extreme noxiousness. Continue to stir for five minutes. I also consulted Ralph Meyer’s Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. ... if it has enamel on the tin it will thin with White spirit. Can i thin enamel paints with turpentine for use in airbrush, or does the thinner have to be white spirit? Thanks. Perfect for thinning paints mixed with Alkyd paint mediums such as Liquin. course recommending using as a I have a couple of cans of Xtracolor paints that say to use mineral spirits, aka white spirits for thining and cleaning, so my question is can I just use standard enamel thinner in place of the minerial spirits? Gamsol (often identified as the best), Shellsol, Low Odour Solvent and Sansodor to thin oil paint, linseed oil and oil paint mediums that already contain petroleum distillates (e.g. Low Odour solvent (a.k.a. A couple weeks ago I tried a little oderless mineral spirits in some Floquil black enamel and the paint turned to gel. Place Larch Venice Turpentine in a Bain Marie or dilute it with high quality distilled turpentine to make it more fluid. What would you The turpentine and white spirit worked as needed leaving a usable thin fluid varnish. I wasn’t sure if you were asking for a full list of things to start oil painting with…if you are then I can go into further detail. 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