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    Question asked 2018-12-21 17:24:39 ... Most recent comment 2019-01-01 12:07:54
    Drying Oils Oil Paint Solvents and Thinners

    ​I see recomendations for water miscible oil paint for ease of clean up and not using solvents.
    Can you please comment on them from the viewpoint of longevity?

    Ron Francis

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    They appear to remain sensitive to water even after dry for a substantial time. However, this could be said of other popular paint mediums as well. I also believe that the additives used to make them initially water miscible can migrate. Again, this is not unique to Water miscible oil paints.

    Water miscible oil paints tend to be less fully pigmented than the highest quality ranges and are usually sold as entry-level paints. Therefore, it is probably unfair to compare them to superior oil paints lines that contain no fillers and only the most minimal stabilizers.  

    Brian Baade
    2018-12-25 17:34:31
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    ​Can I assume that a painting done with water miscible paint is more sensitive to water than one done with linseed? (Or poppy, walnut, safflower etc?)

    Also, could this make it more hygroscopic and therefore more susceptible to cracking caused by changes atmospheric moisture?

    2018-12-28 01:00:20
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    ​For now these assumptions are probably good ones. However more time is still needed (and far more research) in order to confirm these theories regarding WM oil films.

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2018-12-28 14:27:12
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    ​Some of the stabilizers/fillers used in this category of oils are borrowed from the food and cosmetics industries (as revealed in patent applications). I've been curious for a while about the long-term performance of these additives, which are different from stearates.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2019-01-01 12:07:54

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