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    Question asked 2017-02-14 13:09:24 ... Most recent comment 2017-03-08 17:26:00
    Acrylic Industrial and Non-Traditional Products Scientific Analysis
    I am interested in finding a list of Golden Paints  acrylic fluid color density, both fluid and high-Flow, as compared to one another and not to oil or a lacquer based paint. Can you help?

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  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser CommentRegarding my question above about a comparison of the Density of The fluid paints, I am mixed media and collage artist and use pours. I would like to have more control by knowing this simple fact.
    2017-02-14 14:21:15
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​​Hi - I am sure we can generate that data you need. And just so you know, you can always reach out directly to us at Golden for any of these types of needs. Just in case you felt information like this was not available.

    So, hang in currently at the College Art Association meeting, where tomorrow I will be moderating a panel discussion on MITRA, so it might take me a few days to format things into a document.

    Sarah Sands
    Senior Technical Specialist
    Golden Artist Colors

    Sands, Sarah
    2017-02-15 07:03:03
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    ​Hi -

    We have added a listing of the pigment densities used in our colors on our website, which you can now find here:

    GOLDEN Artist Colors Pigment Density

    or access it through the Application Section of our Technical Info page:

    GOLDEN Technical Info

    Let me also add a few words in terms of why we chose to share Pigment Density rather than Paint Density.  In pours and other applications where pigments can either settle or float in different ways, it is really the pigment density at work more than the density of the paint overall. And then, of course, paint density quickly changes the moment one adds any water or medium, or even from evaporation of water whhile sitting out. Pigment density by contrast stays constant. 

    It is also important to note that even pigment density will only predict behavior so far. For example, there is the impact of particle shape (especially with mica-based ones) and the fact that simply dropping paints into a medium, or even thinning them down with water beforehand, will not mean the pigment will be stripped of the various components we use to keep them in suspension. So you are almost never truly dealing with the pigment as an isolated pure solid. That said, this info might still be useful as a place to start and a guide to explorations.

    Lastly, if you ever do need paint density, it is the easiest of things to calculate - simply weight a 1 oz. container, tare the scale, fill with paint, weigh again - and presto! While only as accurate as your scale and container, it will serve quite well to sort out paints into their major groupings.

    Hope that helps!

    Sarah Sands
    Senior Technical Specialist
    Golden Artist Colors


    Sarah Sands, Senior Technical Specialist, Golden Artist Colors
    2017-03-08 17:26:08

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