The essential auxiliaries

With its solvents and thinners, binding agents, drying agents, varnishes and cleaners, the Pebeo range of oil paint auxiliaries covers all the essential needs for painting in oils. This includes: diluting, thinning, creating relief, accelerating drying, varnishing and cleaning painted surfaces and tools. 

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Refined Linseed Oil

Extracted from linseed seeds, this oil is an excellent binder. It makes the paints pleasant to work with. It hardens them faster and gives a resistant finish of depth and great beauty.

Médium à peindre incolore

Composed of acrylic resin and carthame oil, this medium makes the colour more fluid without diluting it. It is non-yellowing, while increasing brilliance, transparency and depth.

Medium gel Fragonard

With a base of alkyd resins, acrylic and polyamid wax, this medium stands out by having more body. It makes the colour more fluid without losing its liveliness.

Médium siccatif

Medium composed of Chinese wood oil and formophenolic resin. It allows for very interesting possibilities. It speeds up the formation of films and improves their resistance.

Siccatif de Courtrai

This siccative based on octate of zirconium and calcium, works on the surface and the depth, while it accelerates drying time and allows for thick coats to harden evenly.

Vernis à retoucher

A very fine and discreet varnish composed of acrylic resin and plastified polymeric. Used in smaller areas, during painting, to repair coats which produce an unneeded matt sheen.

Vernis à tableau satiné

Fast drying varnish, it gives a uniform, satin finish, between a gloss and a matt finish. Composed of acrylic resin and polythene wax, it is very easy to apply.  It is transparent and discreet.

Vernis à tableau surfin

A supple and responsive finishing varnish, very transparent, it holds well to the brush and adds a strong brilliance and durability to less durable works.  It makes the colors brilliant and rich.

Vernis à tableau mat

Matt varnish based on acrylic resin and polyethylene wax. It is easy to apply and performs well, resulting in an even matt finish.

Vernis dammar

Dammat varnish is a light amber finishing varnish based on natural resin. Bright and responsive, it needs to be applied rigorously. Rich and very covering it holds well and gives very brilliant films.

Nettoyant pinceaux

This cleaner is suitable for use with all painting ustensils. It dissolves oil and varnish even after dry, while retaining the suppleness and form of the brushes. 

Gel de structure

This translucid gel based on alkyd resin, siccative oil and silico aluminate of sodium extends the colour for economy of use. It gives a light satin finish.

Médium d'empâtement

This thick opaque paste allows for works of heavier thickness and relief creations. This thick opaque paste is made of polyurethane resin, silicate of aluminum hydrate and beeswax.

Essences and Diluents for oil colours

Obtained by the distillation of certain varieties of pine, it gives a matt aspect. It is used to thin the first coats of colour.

Essence minérale inodore

Odourless Mineral Spirits do not present any risk of irritation or allergic reaction. It is recommended for working in small, non-ventilated areas.

Huile essentielle de pétrole

An excellent diluant, Essence of Oil of Petroleum evaporates much faster than turpentine and allows for a longer open time with the paint. It also makes the matt finish more significant. 

Clarified poppy seed oil

Refined linseed oil is an excellent binder while Clarified poppy seed oil is particularly suitable for grinding light colours.

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Makes the colour more fluid without diluting it, and increases its transparency and satin finish. Good resistance to yellowing.

Cobalt Siccative

It is used on the top surface of a work and performs best with fast and efficient strokes. It is to be used only with fine coats.

Crystal varnish

Very clear, transparent, and easy to work with, it covers well. Finish is very brilliant.

Universal Paint Remover

Used to strip off any dried-on oil, acrylic and other material from all painting tools. It works in 15-30 minutes and can be rinsed off with water.

One Coat Gesso

A very solid, covering white finish for preparing surfaces to be painted. It dries rapidly and leaves a light matt finish.

Propriétés

The R & D laboratory of Pébéo worked closely with the conservators from several European museums to develop auxiliaries for oil painting, prepared from methacrylate resins that are more resistant to thermal oxidation than ketone resins, mastic or copal. Their behavior over time is monitored and reviewed by the National Center of  Physio-Chemical Studies.

Application

Oils

Synonymous with depth, brilliance and strength over time, the oils are the binders used in the grinding of pigments for the colour paste. They allow more fluid colours without thinning them.

Refined linseed oil

Extracted from flax seed provides excellent binder pastes that are very pleasant to work with, they harden quickly and thoroughly, and give them a resistant finish of depth and great beauty. Clear and slightly acidic, despite its tendency to yellow in the dark, refined oil offers the best of linseed oil. It allows for smooth colour and an increased brightness. Thinner: Mineral spirits or turpentine.

Clarified Poppyseed Oil

This oil comes from black poppy seeds and is particularly suitable for grinding light colours. Brighter than the linseed oil, less siccative and it hardly yellows. This excellent binder enhances the brightness without using a siccative. Thinner: Mineral spirits or turpentine.  

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Essences and Solvents

Essences and solvents allow to liquefy the oil paints, mediums and varnishes, they are the most thinning. They are also used to clean the painting tools.

Rectified Turpentine

It is a volatile oil distilled from the resin of certain varieties of pine, it has a matte finish which is less pronounced than that with turpentine. It is used to thin the first layers of colour. The bottle must be kept sealed, protected from light, and avoiding long periods of storage.

Petroleum Essence

Excellent thinner, it evaporates much more slowly than turpentine and allows prolonged work. It also makes the colours more matte.

Odourless Mineral Spirit

This solvent, which offers similar characteristics as turpentine, has the advantage of being odourless.

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Universal Paint Remover

This strong solvent, strips dried on oil, acrylic and other material from all painting tools. Very efficient, it works in 15-30 minutes and can be rinsed off with water. Rinse well in the event of contact with the skin.

Brush Cleaner

This cleaner is suitable for use with all painting tools. It dissolves oil and varnish even when dry and it retains the suppleness and form of the brushes. It works in 20 minutes and must be rinsed with soapy water.

The Siccatives

The siccatives are derived from metal salts. They add colour sparingly to speed up the drying time. They activate the oxidation reaction and are used with restraint to avoid possible surface defects.

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Courtrai Siccative

This siccative based on octate of zirconium and calcium works  both on the surface and below. It accelerates drying  time and allows thick coats to harden evenly. Very powerful, it must be controlled with care. It is colourless and will not alter light colours and is very efficient for blacks and lacquers.

Cobalt Siccative

This siccative based on octate of cobalt and zirconium works predominantly on the surface, and it favors fast and efficient strokes. It must be used only for fine coats. It presents a dark appearance before application and must be used carefully, as excessive use will curl the colour.

The Mediums

Each medium has a specific role. Added to the colour it can change its structure, brightness and transparency. Mediums allow the paste to be “enriched”.