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Oil painting often requires the use of solvents both to dilute the paint and to clean brushes and other tools. While the most popular solvent is turpentine, some othershave smells that are easier to handle.

Instructions:

Turpentine is an essential oil extracted from various coniferous tree resins. It comes
under many names: rectified turpentine, purified turpentine, distilled turpentine, and pure gum turpentine. Make sure you use the kind made specifically for artists; products sold at the hardware store often contain impurities that may affect the quality of your painting, whereas turpentine made for artists is clear. Turpentine is the best choice for dissolving dammar gum to create a varnish; an odourfree solvent won’t fully dissolve it. However, turpentine yellows and thickens over time, so avoid exposing it to air or light for too long. Once it’s evaporated, it leaves a mildly sticky residue. While turpentine is an excellent solvent and a very good diluter for oil
paints, it gives off a strong odour and can cause major allergic reactions. It’s generally
a better idea to use mineral spirits to clean your brushes and wash your skin.
 
Lavender oil (aspic oil) is also a plant essence; it doesn’t smell as strongly as turpentine, but it evaporates more slowly, which in turn slows the drying process. It’s strong enough to be used as a solvent for dammar gum instead of turpentine.
 
Mineral spirits (odourless solvents) are petroleum distillates that can also stand in for turpentine when it comes to dissolving paint, but not for dammar resin and related products. Mineral spirits cause very few health problems (e.g.: Allergies,) are usually less expensive than other products, and won’t deteriorate over time. When they’re properly prepared, they don’t smell; they’re a good choice for painting and for cleaning. As solvents, mineral spirits are not as strong as turpentine; as mediums, they give similar results when it comes to drying and final appearance.
White spirit and petroleum essential oil are mineral spirits that are stronger and a bit less pure. While they have a faint smell, they help colours dry faster than odourless solvents.
 
Some of these products contain a high percentage of aromatic solvents, usually derived from benzene. Frequent exposure to these aromatic solvents can be extremely toxic. Citrus-based solvents act much like mineral spirits, but they speed up paint drying a bit. Most of them contain very little aromatic solvents. Grumtine, however, is as strong as turpentine.
 
Important notice
You can use any number of products to clean your brushes, but your best bet is to stick with products specifically designed for cleaning. Most importantly, never use household products, which are much more dangerous to your health, such as gasoline used for cars, benzene or methanol for cleaning your hands and brushes.

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Kiss-Off Stain Remover Stick 0.7 oz

G136BP

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Turpenoid Natural

NATTURP

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W1812

  • 8 OZ
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Turpenoid Natural

W1814

  • 32 OZ
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Odorless taltine solvent

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D03250

  • 237ML
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Odorless taltine solvent

D02000

  • 2 LITRES
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Odorless taltine solvent

D03500

  • 473 ML
$5.49

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Odorless taltine solvent

D03000

  • 1 LITRE
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Odorless taltine solvent

D03600

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  • 120 ML
$2.99

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Rectified turpentine 75 ml

P650301

  • 75 ML
$10.29

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Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

GAMSSO

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Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

GM0094

  • 4 OZ
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Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

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  • 16 OZ
$17.29

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Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

GM0092

  • 32 OZ
$25.99

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Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

GM0099

  • 3.78 LITRES (1 GALLON)
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Ecological turpentine

DOTECOL

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Ecological turpentine

DETP-10

  • 237 ML
$9.99

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Ecological turpentine

DETP-2

  • 100 ML
$5.49

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Odourless Turpenoid

TERWEB

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W1683

  • 473 ML
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Odourless Turpenoid

W1684

  • 946 ML
$21.99

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DeSerres Odourless Solvent

DS4000

  • 3.6 LITRES
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DeSerres Odourless Solvent

DS1000

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DeSerres Odourless Solvent

DS500

  • 500 ML
$5.29

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DeSerres Odourless Solvent

DS125

  • 125 ML
$2.49

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DeSerres Odourless Solvent

DS225

  • 225 ML
$3.79

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