Originally Posted by buraky
I bought a tube of oil paint from italian brand Ferrairo. when I opened it there is this strong "thinner" smell. I tested the paint on canvas. it looks ok. but this smell is too strong, is this normal??
never had something like this with other brands I use.
Ferrario is the oldest italian brand (since 1919), 4 years before Maimeri.
They produce, today, 3 oil paint ranges: OilMaster (students), Vand Dyck (superfine), and "Ferrario 1919" (extrafine/premium grade).
Ferrario has had in the recent past, enormous problems. Then, 2/3 years ago, have resolved these issues, and have completely redrafted their palettes. New oil colors formulations are:
- Oil Master is students grade oil color, with very fast drying;
- Van Dyck is artists grade, with medium/regular drying;
- 1919 is artists/premium grade, with medium/regular drying.
Ferrario decided to use in their own oil paints, as a desiccant, an alkyd resin, with typical thinner smell, instead traditionals driers. Oil Master, indeed, has a very strong thinner smell. In Van Dyck range, it's less strong, and in "Ferrario 1919" range it's almost absent.
I tested these colors (all three ranges), and I had no problems.
Also, I found something similar in Norma Professional Titanium White (Schmincke).