Understanding Quality in Artist Oil Paint Brands

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Understanding Quality in Artist Oil Paint Brands

When it comes to the question of quality in artist oil paint brands, it all comes down to one issue: Purity of Pigment.

Have you ever wondered why some artist oil paint brands are so expensive? Have you used cheaper artist oil paint brands and been disappointed with the results?

Have you ever wondered what is the main difference between the high quality expensive artist oil paint brands and the low quality cheaper brands?

These are excellent questions. And knowing the right answers can put you on track to using artist oil paint brands successfully.

When it comes to the question of quality in artist oil paint brands, it all comes down to one issue:  Purity of Pigment.

Simply stated, an artist oil paint brand that uses more pure pigment is going to be higher quality.  Higher quality means that the colors will be more vibrant and have greater coverage capacity. It is also going to be more expensive because pure pigments are expensive. The more pure pigment that is used equals higher quality and higher cost.

When a manufacturer wants to make a less expensive artist oil paint brand, they simply add more fillers such as wax or other inert materials and put in less pure pigment.  The inert materials or fillers that they add dilute the pure pigment and make the colors weaker, duller and less vibrant.  The fillers also dilute the the coverage capacity of the oil paint, meaning that you have to use a great deal more paint to cover a given area.

Does this make sense?

Think of it this way. Imagine that you are buying a gold ring.  If you buy a 24K gold ring it is going to be more expensive because it has a higher percentage of pure gold.  But if you buy a 10K gold ring, it will be less expensive because you are getting less pure gold.

Would you like to know which manufactures use more pure pigment and less fillers?  I’ve written a blog post and rated the top 9 artist oil paint brands. Take a look: https://garybolyer.com/9-top-oil-paints-rated-for-the-serious-oil-painter/

So next time you are putting your artist oil paint brands supply list together, consider the differences that a higher quality paint could make to your finished painting.

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