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Ok last question for a while drying time of oil paint

Discussion in 'Oils' started by samson, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. samson Well-Known Member

    So instead of wanting to know how to speed The drying time of oils how long do they stay wet and workable ? for instance i put the oil on my pallet Work the figure a bit and want to get back to the figure later that day or the next morning how long will that be workable on the plt ?
  2. kagemusha A Fixture

    Always keep in mind the darker pigments dry quickest.
    As far as how long it will remain 'open' on the pallet...several hours is common before it starts to form a skin...however...if you want to ensure it stays workable for longer you have a few options...
    1) cover it with cling film...can be messy if your pallet is flat
    2) put the pallet in an air tight container
    3) put the pallet on a shelf in the refrigerator

    A lot will of course depend on the ambient temperature.

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  3. samson Well-Known Member

    Ok great thanks for the info I think when I get going I’m going to enjoy the longer drying and working time
  4. kagemusha A Fixture

    Oils lend themselves to many advantageous ways of working...not least of which the longer 'blending' times...but...for me personally...they offer a 'depth' and reality that acrylics don't.
    I think you will enjoy working with them...and any issues can quickly be resolved by doing what you have done so far...just ask us 'oldies' mate :sneaky:

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  5. samson Well-Known Member

    Thanks again that should be the last question until I get some paint on something LOL

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