Skip to Main Content
Sign In
Toggle Navigation

Open the Navigation Management window, which can be used to view the full current branch of the menu tree, and edit it.

  • Instagram
  • Facebook

MITRA Forum Question Details

Image Picker for Section 0


  • surfactantsApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
    Question asked 2018-01-02 07:41:09 ... Most recent comment 2018-01-02 10:03:21
    Oil Paint Acrylic

    ​Do all paints have surfactants in them?

Answers and Comments

  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​The short answer to this is: no.

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2018-01-02 09:56:46
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​Hi -

    All water-based acrylics contain surfactants and it is integral to their formulation. The same is largely true of water-based oils. Traditional watercolors do not have surfactants per se but they do have wetting agents - such as ox gall - that perform some of the same functions but are quite distinct chemically.  Regular oil paints at their most basic do not require surfactants or wetting agents, although many companies will use aluminum stearate which functions as both a dispersing and wetting agent, but its use is not universally embraced.

    In the end, surfactants are really mostly a term and class of chemical associated with water-based acrylics, and to a lesser extent, water-based oils.

    Hope that helps.

    Sarah Sands, Senior Technical Specialist, Golden Artist Colors
    2018-01-02 10:03:21

Page Settings and MetaData:
(Not Shown on the Page)
Page Settings
MetaData for Search Engine Optimization
MITRA Forum Question Details
This page cannot be accessed until you accept the Terms of Use, which can be found here.
Please note that this Terms of Use system uses cookies. If you have cookies disabled you will not be able to accept the agreement. If you delete our cookies you will need to re-accept the Terms of Use.
  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489