Oil Painting Solvents

If your new to oil painting (or even if your an experienced oil painter) you need to be aware of the proven, harmful, health effects that working with solvents can produce.

Keep in mind, when working with solvents, is that they have a more more insidious cumulative effect than they have short-term – although you certainly can have some down right harmful short-term health issues.

That being said, you can make better choices. In my continuing research, more and more options are becoming available. There truly is a good, bad and ugly of solvents and this is critical stuff to know.

Just as an example, turpentine is one of THE worst solvents you can use. It has a low PEL (Permissable Exposure Limit) which can be translated into how much exposure you can have without creating adverse health effects and high evaporation rate – meaning the minute you smell it it’s already in your bloodstream.

Just these few distinctions can go a long way toward making more informed decisions regarding the oil painting solvents that you use on a regular basis.

I go into much more details (including my best recommendations for solvents based on extensive research) in the solvents section on my DVD, Oil Painting Tools and Supplies*, so if you feel inclined, feel free to check it out.

In my experience there is a lot of mis-information about oil painting and solvents. From which ones to use, to which ones have more serious health hazards, to “green” alternatives and more.

This is important stuff and it pays to get a true, unbiased look at the solvents you are using.

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