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Old 04-02-2007, 09:23 AM
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Flattener for oil and alkyd paint?

Does anyone know what's used as a flattening agent in oil and alkyd paint? If so, do you also know where to purchase it? thanx!

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Old 04-03-2007, 02:27 PM
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Re: Flattener for oil and alkyd paint?

by ' flattener ' do ya mean less shiny ? Or do ya mean something that will level the paint , make it more smooth ?

Wax for the first and/or some mineral spirits ( although you have to watch out --too much thinner and it wont have enough binder in proportion and the paint will powder or crack off ) , the appropriate thinner or maybe stand oil for the second ( using oil paints )

What are you doing that needs flat paint anyhow ? If you are painting frames may I reccomend using Ronan Japan colors ? They are a real nice , flat oil base paint for decorative uses and sign painting - they cover well, dry fast and dead flat . You can get them from Pearl Paint or any big art store or sign painter supply house
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Hi Anthony, matt varnish?

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Old 04-06-2007, 06:39 AM
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Re: Flattener for oil and alkyd paint?

Hello--thanks for responding. I was able to locate the flattener--it's amorphous silica--a fluffy substance that's also used as an extender in cheaper grades of oil paint.

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Hello--thanks for responding. I was able to locate the flattener--it's amorphous silica--
Handle this with great care. It's one of the best materials for mixing into paint for a matt finish but you don't want to breathe in any dust.

I would still recommend matt varnish, since of course you should varnish the completed painting regardless of finish

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...also used as an extender in cheaper grades of oil paint.
There are other things commonly used as extenders.

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Re: Flattener for oil and alkyd paint?

Thanks. Actually, I paint in encaustic but didn't want to confuse people with the question on flatteners since the wax is also oil based and any flattener for oil would work for wax. There's no final varnish in encaustic.

Cabot has an inexpensive silica that I used in the past to dull paint--I'll try to locate the product on their site. I posted a new painting on the Abstract art board--have a look!

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Ah, thanks for the clarfification

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