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Liquid Mirror Paint

By October 25, 2009

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Liquid Mirror If you've been dissatisfied with what you get out of a paint tube labeled "silver", that it seems more like a slightly tarnished, dull gray silver than shiny silver, then you might want to look at a color called Liquid Mirror produced by Canadian paint company Tri-Art. It contains bismuth oxychloride and is a pale, very shiny, silver color. Like the shiny highlights on silver jewelry, the closest to what I visualise when I think "silver" that I've come across in paint.

I used it as when I painted the Color Theory Triangle but none of my photos do it justice. It's tricky to photograph as it reflects so much light and so I eventually decided to just show you a photo of it in its jar. (I was perversely pleased to see the color-chart sample on Tri-Art's website isn't a great photo either.)

The word "mirror" does tend to make me think of the reflectiveness of a mirror, but you're not going to get that kind smooth reflection by painting this down with a brush. "Liquid shine" is possibly more apt, but that sounds like a dishwashing liquid.

Besides being a fine silver for where you might want silver, it's interesting to use this as a base color rather than white. After all, with glazing, it's all the layers of paint that make the final "color" as the light travels through and bounces back to your eye. But please don't ask me for step-by-step photos without light reflections in them!

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Comments

April 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(1) Nina says:

Does this paint reflect light well? I’m guessing by the trouble you had taking photos, yes. Would it reflect the sun do you think?

April 8, 2013 at 1:32 am
(2) Marion BE says:

It does and I think it ought to; think “shiny silver”. It’s much shinier than iridescent paint.

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