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Oiling Out and the Cause of Dead Spots in Oil Paintings

It’s been a problem for a very long time. At least according to the historical record. Blotchiness. Sinking in. Dead spots. For oil painters these are well known terms, conjuring up images of skin disease as much as painted surfaces, but whatever words are used the implication is clear – it’s an undesirable nuisance;  a loathsome […]

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Volume, Weight, and Pigment to Oil Ratios

Oil painters concerned with fat over lean will often turn to information about the oil absorption values for particular pigments as a way to compare how oily or lean certain colors might be. However this has led to many misconceptions and outrightly wrong conclusions which seem to persist in various forums and articles. In what follows […]

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Fuji Spray Systems “Mini-Mite” HVLP Setup

Selecting Equipment for Spraying Varnish

Large paintings present an increased difficulty level when it comes time to apply an “isolation coat” or a varnish layer. Spraying in lieu of brushing makes sense when a smooth, defect-free surface is desired.  After all, there are reasons vehicles are spray painted instead of using a brush!  While one may be receptive to the […]

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Painting on Dibond

Dibond is a trade name for a type of painted aluminum composite panel made by Alcan Composites. There are other brands and types of Aluminum Composite Panels that may have a bare aluminum side or different types of coatings, which may require different surface preparation. Dibond panels are made with two lightweight sheets of .012″ […]

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