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Alkyd Medium

Alkyd medium is an alternative to using oil in oil painting. Alkyd medium is made from a synthetic resin and dries faster than oil mediums but slower than acrylics, whilst retaining many of the benefits of oil mediums.

Alkyd medium is popular as it removes the need for a solvent when oil painting.

I personally do not bother with alkyd mediums, as I prefer the feel and finish of oil mediums and do not feel the slow drying times of oil mediums is an issue as I like to work alla prima (wet on wet).

However, if you enjoy the feel of acrylic paints but are put off by the disadvantages such as the very fast drying times, the plastic-like finish, and the darkening color as it dries, then you may want to try alkyd mediums.

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Dan Scott

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  1. Thanks for sharing in your post that alkyd coating is made to go on over a suitable primer or undercoat to protect the chosen surface. And it’s best for marine paint. My husband would like to repaint his boat after seeing that it looks old already. What you said about preventing corrosion for up to five years is remarkable.


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