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Trouble with Winsor & Newton lamp black oil paint mixing


Daywalker

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I have been having trouble with my Winsor and Newton lamp black oil paint, and was curious if anyone else has ever encountered this?  When trying to thin it for a wash, it starts to mix with the thinner, but as soon as I stop stirring it, it begins to clump back together into tiny blobs immediately.  I have never had this problem with the other colors I use (raw umber, burnt umber, etc) nor a tube of Duro brand ivory black I have been forced to use (trying to save that one, as I cannot find Duro brand oils anywhere).  I usually thin my oils with Naptha (lighter fluid), but have tried mineral spirits and Mona Lisa odorless thinner- both of which have no difference on how the black oil reacts.

 

It is the Winsor & Newton Artist's Oils label, not the water based or the "Winton" label either.  I bought the artist's grade hoping it would be the best?  The Duro brand ivory black works beautifully, no matter how I use it. 

 

Has anyone else ever encountered this problem?  I am wondering if it is a bad tube of paint?  It is about one year old, so shouldn't be too old (assuming it didn't sit on the shelf at the artist's supply store for an eternity).

 

On another note, does anyone know where I can find Duro brand oil paints? 

 

Would love to hear any thoughts or advise on this problem.

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I usually thin my oils with Naptha (lighter fluid), but have tried mineral spirits and Mona Lisa odorless thinner- both of which have no difference on how the black oil reacts.

 

 

 

Strange Frank! What are you using to thin it?

 

Cheers Dave!  See my post above, usually use Naptha but have tried both mineral spirits as well as Mona Lisa odorless thinner.  A gentleman on another forum said he uses rubber cement thinner for these, never heard of that one!

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Ah... I missed that! Sorry Frank.. It's knock off time here...

 

Maybe a tube that's gone bad?

 

No worries Dave!  I too am thinking it's the paint itself, since all of the other colors seem to respond just fine.  

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