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Old 05-05-2012, 04:02 PM
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Hi, I'm Betsy, from Northern California. I'm mostly in Pastels and Coloured Pencils, but I want to do a project with Acrylics (pro from tubes.) I read yesterday that many Acrylics often have an unpleasant smell. (It was written by a company claiming theirs didn't, so grain of salt...) I will be working in a very small space and I have a serious problem with smells. Any of you experienced folks know if this is true, and/or what brands would be best to use to avoid the bad smell? It's funny - I always thought Acrylics wouldn't have a bad smell at all ... Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:23 PM
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I have never smelled any acrylic paints and I'm painting with them 20 years now and have had all brands.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:49 PM
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Been working in acrylics for nearly 35 years and the only time I have ever had an issue with the smell was when a mold had formed in a bottle of paint. It wasn't the paint, it was the mold. On rare occasion I have heard some folks say there is a slight ammonia smell. I haven't experienced that much and I have an overly sensitive nose.
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You might check out this thread:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...hlight=ammonia
Sometimes old/cheap/left-over acrylics off-gas when first exposed to air.

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The only paint I've ever had a smell from is Zinc White. No idea why, and only that colour. Nothing else in acrylic has ever smelled to me!
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All acrylic paint colors have a slight smell but not bad. The smell I like best is the Winsor & Newton brand. Having said that, I try not to inhale it when I'm painting, I read that cadmium pigment in acrylic paint is carcinogenic.
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I would like to know how you stop breathing while painting. I can't seem to accomplish that feat. Would like to know your secret.

Just use common sense and be clean.
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I didn't mean I hold my breath, just paint in a well ventilated room. When I do a large swath I stayed away while the paint is drying, anyway it takes only a few minutes. I also avoid the paint getting on my skin even though our skin absorbs only 1% of the cadmium if left on to dry. Yes, like you said... just use common sense and be clean.
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I have all kinds of acrylic paints and have never noticed any smell from any of them.
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The off gassing from paint would be mostly water. As far as I know pigments don't off gas in this case unless you ultra heat them. Burning them might not be a good idea. Spraying paints might be a different problem altogether. Then it is airborne and can be inhaled easily.
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Hi again. Thanks so much for your responses; I'm hopeful I've met a medium which my asthma can't defeat!
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Being asthmatic my entire life, and painting in acrylics a major portion of my life. I am hoping you have the same reaction I have had, none.
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Acrylics don't have fumes - Mental image of Bob Ross dipping his brush in OMS and slapping it dry against the easel. Now I have to learn to keep the second brush and knife out of my mouth
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I am terribly sensitive to the smell of things. I have been painting with acrylics now for years. I use mainly Liquitex but there are several other brands in my studio. I have never smelled any unpleasant or chemical odours coming from the acrylics. However, as Howard says, if you allow them to get mouldy , there will be a nasty mould smell. Happened to me once and never again. Keep everything nice and clean and you will be okay.
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i dont smell em
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