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    Question asked 2020-01-06 11:15:30 ... Most recent comment 2020-01-14 09:36:04
    Paint Additives

    ​Hi MITRA,

    Do you know specifically what substance(s) are added as matting agents to matte varnishes and mediums?   

    Thanks, Koo

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  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​Typical types of matting agents for varnishes are fumed silica, wax and zinc stearate.

    George O'Hanlon
    2020-01-06 11:42:14
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser Comment

    ​I recently learned about a substance called Terpineol, a few drops of which can apparently be added to a medium to make it more matte. Has anyone used this before or have more information about it? 


    2020-01-11 15:00:53
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    I am unaware of the use of this substance as a matting agent. Perhaps Matthew or George can shed more light on this.

    Brian Baade
    2020-01-12 11:24:17
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    I have corresponded with a few other moderators and no one has heard of turpeneol being used as a matting agent. It is a colorless liquid at room temperature. Where did you get this information?

    Brian Baade
    2020-01-12 14:33:18
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    Matthew Kinsey found this product on Kremer’s site and it does appear to create a matte paint surface. We have no experience with its use.  George has said that he will be experimenting with it. We will report back when there is more to say.

    Brian Baade
    2020-01-13 18:39:53
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser Comment

    ​Hi Brian - Apologies for the delayed reply. Yes exactly, I learned about it from Kremer. They only have a very large container available at this time, so I'm waiting for smaller bottles to come in before trying it out as well. Thanks for looking into this!


    2020-01-14 09:36:04

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