Understanding Turpentine substitutes and Turpenoid in oil painting

Understanding Turpentine substitutes and Turpenoid
Many artists ask us about the possibility of using Turpentine substitutes or Turpenoid for oil painting. We would not recommend using either of these but recommend the use of Artists’ solvents to ensure the stability of your work.

As a cheap DIY solvent, Turpentine Substitute should not be used with oil paint because it can discolour the oil paint and lead to become non-drying. This type of solvent would only be useful for cleaning artists’ brushes. Using Turpentine substitute or cheap DIY solvents often result in tacky paint films and the sinking of oil colour.

If you are familiar with Turpenoid, the nearest equivalent to this in the Winsor & Newton range is Distilled Turpentine.



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