When using Oils do you find the dry time a little frustrating?

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  • M T
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    There are several things that can be done depending on which direction you want to go........speeding up or slowing down. Most people are not interested in extending the drying time of oils.

    1. The safest thing one can do with oils is to select pigments and oil vehicles with faster drying times. This varies between brands, pigments and even within the lines of the same brand in some cases. This route takes the most knowledge. This can be a goal if you are not up to speed on materials. The first bit of info towards this end is that earth pigments dry the fastest in most cases. Cadmiums, most whites and blacks dry the slowest.

    2. Using paints made with the faster drying oils is the next best option. Linseed dries faster than poppy, walnut or safflower oils.

    3. The third option is using a siccative. Of the alkyd mediums, M. Graham Walnut Alkyd Medium is a good product. It has no odor or solvents. It tacks up within 6-8 hours and is dry to touch overnight. Avoid other alkyds like Liquin which has problems with archival integrity and some cases of delamination between layers (if you paint in layers). Lead Napthanat is another option. If handled carefully it is a safe and effective product. Lead also strengthens the paint film. Avoid Cobalt and Japan driers. They are prone to cracking.

    If you wish to extend the open time do the reverse of the above suggestions where applicable.........use slower drying oils and pigments. Additionally, clove oil (used in small amounts as an additive not as a paint vehicle replacing linseed or the other oils) will extend the open time.

    With drying times you need to learn about your paints. If there is already a drier mixed in the tube by the manufacturer it will have an effect when you add another drying agent. Having knowledge allows you to make informed choices. It is necessary to know which brands or colors typically require a drier at the factory due to their inherent tendency to dry slower.

    Use the smallest amounts of the clove oil or siccatives. Too much will cause problems. A rule of thumb is thinking of a tiny drop in a mixture and using even less than that. The smallest amount will produce the effect. More is overkill and risky. In the case of clove oil, for instance, the paint will never completely dry.

  • 1 decade ago

    It can be obnoxious but there are things you can do to get around it.

    Add liquin to the oil paint. It cuts down the drying time. Don't confuse liquin with linseed oil.

    Use a little mineral spirits, it helps increase the workability of the paint so you can push it around the canvas a little more easily and it dries much faster.

    Source(s): I'm a multimedia artist, but primarily I'm a painter.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some think so, but you have to be patient and wait. it may take a few days and try not to think about it and u start becoming patient.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you have more than one painting going at a time

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    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Not at all.

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