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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Alkyd Paints? The binder used in Alkyd or Alkyd-Oil paint is an oil-modified alkyd resin. Alkyds are soluble in odorless mineral spirits or turpentine. Other artist's paints use alkyd resin in combination with linseed oil. C.A.S.AlkydPro paints contain sunflower oil.(Paints made with linseed oil tend to yellow.) However, they are fully mixable with linseed oil paint.


How do AlkydPro paints compare to other available alkyds? C.A.S.AlkydPro paint is a true professional grade paint. It is the only genuine professional alkyd that does not contain linseed oil. In other words, C.A.S.AlkyPro dries faster, yellows less and is more durable. Many artists may be accustomed to using an alkyd that has lower pigment concentrations and a higher mineral spirits content, but AlkydPro paint is formulated with more pigment and much less of a low-odor mineral spirits. Besides the obvious benefits, this allows a thicker consistency, much like that of professional oils, while still retaining brushstrokes and smooth application.


37ml alkyd vs. 70ml AlkydPro


How do AlkydPro paints compare to traditional oils? In terms of safety, most oil painters are using mediums and solvents which contain the same materials as AlkydPro. They will not notice a significant difference.We have also overcome the common complaint that alkyd paints do not contain enough pigment. C.A.S.AlkydPro paints contain as much pigment as professional oils. One clear advantage alkyd-oil has over traditional oil is the ability to complete a painting in less time. AlkydPro paint dries much faster than oil, but slower than acrylics. The drying time is slow enough to work the paint with wet in wet techniques if desire, and fast enough to speed the preparation of shows, do last minute on-site touchups and help meet commission deadlines.

How do AlkydPro paints compare to acrylics? It is a common misconception that acrylics are a completely safe alternative to oils or alkyds. Acrylics, though they clean up with water, do contain several chemicals, such as ammonia. Artists using acrylics still need to take safety precautions like using ventilation. Acrylics contain much less pigment than our alkyds. Acrylics also dry to a dull, flat finish, while AlkydPro paints remain vivid and keep a semi-gloss finish after drying.


Any technical tips for using AlkydPro Paint? Painting with our AlkydPro colors is much like using traditional oils. They can be cleaned/thinned with odorless mineral spirits or other paint thinners. They can be used with oil, however, do NOT paint alkyds over the top of oils UNLESS THE OIL IS COMPLETELY DRY. This can result in cracking. Mediums and varnishes intended for oil can be used with AlkydPro. Check our usage tips page for more information.


Can you explain the differences between your mediums: Detailed descriptions of each medium are available on our Medium Information page. In short, Gel Medium FastDry is the thinnest bodied of our mediums. It is great for extending colors and glazing. Impasto Medium is a very thick bodied medium for building up thick layers. It allows for quick drying throughout a 1/4" layer. Textured Impasto Medium is also a thick consistency, but it has a grainy or sandy texture. It is not quite as stiff as Impasto Medium and has a cloudy white color.


Gel Medium Fast Dry



Impasto Medium



Textured Impasto Medium


Can I paint in thick Impasto layers? Yes, but you must use a medium, such as our of AlkydPro Impasto Mediums. Otherwise, some colors may not dry thoroughly if the paint layer is too thick. Our paints are made to be used in thinner layers. If you are painting with a palette knife you should use a medium.


What are the advantages of using Alkyd paint? The most obvious benefit is a faster drying time. AlkydPro paints have the smooth buttery consistency of oil, but dry in a fraction of the time. In addition, unlike traditional paints, AlkydPro paints do not yellow or become dull when dry. The colors remain brilliant and fresh, maintaining a semi-gloss finish. Unlike oil which is prone to cracking, alkyd paint film remains flexible.


Can AlkydPro Paints be mixed with traditional oils? Yes, adding alkyds to oil paint will still result in a faster drying time. However, do NOT paint alkyds over the top of traditional oils. The alkyds would dry faster than the oils underneath, resulting in cracking.


How fast do AlkydPro paints dry? In general, AlkydPro paints are dry to the touch in less than 24 hours. Exact drying times vary with pigment, room temperature, and thickness of paint application. Alkyds dry faster in warmer temperatures/slower in cool. It is important to clean up brushes, palettes, etc. and tightly close lids immediately after use, as it will dry quickly.


Do AlkydPro Paints smell bad? We use an odorless mineral spirits in our paint. Our paints have a clean smell. However, smell or no smell, you should always use adequate cross ventilation.



Last Updated on Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:12