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Travelling with your Paints

Outdoor paintingThere's great pleasure to be had in taking out your portable colour kit and painting under an open sky or during holiday travel. Any of our artists' materials are suitable for outdoor use. While many of our products are perfectly safe for air travel, some are considered dangerous and cannot be transported by air.

The carriage of dangerous goods by air is governed by the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. These regulations are reviewed annually and revised by the Dangerous Goods Board as necessary. Please see http://www.iata.org/ and search for "downloads" to find the current passenger information sheet.

We suggest that you consult with your airline before taking any art materials aboard. In our experience some airlines will adopt local rules beyond the scope of IATA that prohibit some product categories, such as oil colours. We also recommend that you print out this information and the relevant Material Safety Data Sheets for presentation to airline authorities and inclusion with any artists' materials in your checked baggage.  Click here if you would like to print out a PDF version of this page.

The following products are not classified in accordance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations; therefore they fall outside the scope of the regulations and are considered safe for transport by air:

Artists' Oil Colours (all colours)
Artists' Oilbar (all colours)
Winton Oil Colours (all colours)
Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours (all colours)
Artisan Water Mixable Mediums (all mediums)
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Bleached Linseed Oil
Thickened Linseed Oil
Linseed Stand Oil
Drying Poppy Oil
Artgel
Artguard Barrier Cream
Artists' Brush Cleaner & Restorer
Artists' Water Colour Pans (all colours)
Artists' Water Colour Tubes (all colours)
Cotman Water Colour Pans (all colours)
Cotman Water Colour Tubes (all colours)
Aquapasto
Art Masking Fluid
Water Colour Mediums (all)
Artists' Acrylic Colours (all colours)
Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic Colours (all colours)
Acrylic Gesso Primer
Acrylic Clear Gesso Primer
Galeria Gesso Primer
Acrylic Mediums & Varnishes (all)
Galeria Mediums & Varnishes
Designers Gouache (all colours)
Poster Colour (all colours)
Drawing Inks (all colours)
Calligraphy Inks (all colours)


A Note on Oil Colours & Mediums

Any product or material with a flash point below 61° Celsius is classified as dangerous goods and these products cannot be included in either checked or hand baggage during airline travel. 

(NOTE: the flash point is the temperature at which a product will flame; therefore a higher flash point is better.)

While a few of our oil colour products do have a flash point at or below the 61° mark, the flash points of a large number of our oil colour products are well above.  Products with flash points below 61° Celsius that are Group II or Group III flammable materials should be considered unsuitable for airline travel. These include:

  • Oil Colour solvents (except Artisan Water Mixable Thinner)
  • Oil Colour mediums (except Artisan Water Mixable Oil Mediums)
  • Oil Colour varnishes (except Artisan Water Mixable Varnishes)

We caution against travel with Liquin products. Although the flashpoints are in most cases greater than 61° Celsius, airline officials may still disallow their carriage. The same holds true for Sansodor; all solvents and thinners are banned regardless of flashpoint.

Winsor & Newton products with flash points above 61° Celsius, which therefore are classified as non-hazardous:

  • Flash point (closed cup):
  • Artists' Oil Colours >230° C
  • Winton Oil Colours >230° C
  • Refined Linseed Oil >230° C
  • Linseed Stand Oil >230° C
  • Thickened Linseed Oil >230° C
  • Bleached Linseed Oil >2 30° C
  • Cold Pressed Linseed Oil >230° C
  • Oilbar >230° C
  • Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours 70° C
  • Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours >100° C
  • Artisan Water Mixable Linseed Oil >200° C
  • Artisan Water Mixable Stand Oil >200° C
  • Artisan Water Mixable Painting Medium 70° C
  • Artisan Water Mixable Fast Drying Medium >70° C
  • Artisan Water Mixable Impasto Medium >70° C