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How to Keep Oil Paint Soft

By August 29, 2010

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"What can you mix with oil paint to keep the paint soft till the next painting day? I have heard of using oil of cloves. Does this work and where do you get it?" -- Ingrid O
Clove oil does work but it's perhaps not the best option as in the long term it darkens as it dries (see clove oil as a retarder for more details). I'd look for it in the health food section of a store as it's used for toothache.

I'd rather try dropping a little of whatever oil you're using as a medium onto the paint at the end of each day. Read more tips on keeping oil paint soft here...

See Also:
Clove Oil as an Oil Paint Retarder, Or Not?
Freezing Oil Paints to Keep Them Soft
Readers Respond: What Do You Do to Keep Oil Paints Workable?


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