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Roller heads differ in thickness. For smooth  to textured surfaces learn what's right for your job!

Find out how to use the proper paint sheen in your home.



A paint is created by mixing ground pigment (powdered colors) with a liquid, typically referred to as a 'vehicle'. Paint dries to an even, continuous surface and is used for decorative or protective purposes. 

Depending on the type of paint, the vehicle may be of various different forms, such as linseed oil in Artist oil paints, egg yolk for tempera painting and polyresin in acrylics, to name a few.

Following is a quick chart with basic information on all types of paint.

Quick Chart - Paints
paint type drying time thinner
clean-up durability
Oil slow mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Alkyd slow mineral Spirits mineral Spirits strong
Acrylic fast water water medium
Casein fast water water medium
Enamel slow mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Encaustic fast mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Ink fast water water medium
Lacquer fast lacquer thinner lacquer thinner strong
Colored marker fast denatured alcohol denatured alcohol medium
Japan pigment fast mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Watercolor fast water water medium
Gauche fast water water medium
Tempera paint fast water water medium


Step-by-Step tutorials



Silver leafing made easy
Gilding objects, ceilings or furniture in Silver leaf can be just the right touch to create the Modern look you are after.

More gilding tutorials




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