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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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Value of Plastics as a Painting Support

Artists have been using plastics as a substrate for their work since their development as a consumer material. Early plastics were heralded with such acclaim that they were awarded special honors during the London 1862 World’s Fair. These nitrocellulose plastics were used in constructions by artists Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner in their work of […]

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Good Wetting and Poor Wetting

Acrylics on Plastics

By Vaikunt Raghavan, Ph.D. Basics of Wetting and Adhesion When a liquid comes into contact with any solid, new interfaces or boundaries are generated between these dissimilar materials. Although many factors exist which will promote or inhibit adhesion of the acrylic paint onto the solid plastic, the most important element is the ability of the […]

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Fluorescent Magenta.10 mil. Uncoated, with Isolation Coat, and with 2 coats MSA Varnish. Left is unexposed, right after 1 year exposure.

Selecting the Best Exterior Mural Pigments

An exterior mural is likely the most extreme test for lightfastness and weatherability of a paint system. One of our most popular Application Information Sheets, “Painting Exterior Murals” is the culmination of decades of experience and research. If you have never read it, please do. You will soon realize a mural is only as durable […]

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Testing for strikethrough of oil ground on top of a size. Dark areas on back of canvas show where oil from the ground has penetrated through.

Preparing a Canvas for Oil Painting

By Sarah Sands with Amy McKinnon What follows is mainly about the materials needed to prepare a canvas for oil painting. Many important elements have been left out completely: stretcher bars, cross bracing, how to stretch a canvas or mount it to panel, instructions on applying the products, use of backer boards, pre-washing, etc. Some […]

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