speeding up drying time of oil paints?

Submitted by Becky on 2/9/01. ( KEYTAXIDERMY@aol.com )

I have beed searching the archives for the answer but can't seem to find it. What can I mix with oil base paint to speed up the drying? I have always used water base and an airbrush but have decided to use oils and a brush to finish waterfowl for competition. Having a difficult time on the bill. I can't seem to get a nice blended smooth look, combine that with not drying and I am ready to give it up and go back to the air! Any advice?

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This response submitted by Donna L. on 2/9/01. ( )

Becky Try using Japan Dryer with your paint to speed up the drying time. Donna,

Sallie Dahmes "Brush Magic"

This response submitted by Ken Edwards on 2/9/01. ( ken@taxidermy.net )

WASCO sells a product that is made specifically for this purpose. It is called "Sallie Dahmes Brush Magic" and it sells for $3.95. The code number is WN104. Here is the product description from the WASCO on-line catalog:

An extremely important part of using oil paints to finish taxidermy work is the use of this amazing multi-purpose fluid. Sallie Dahmes Brush Magic helps to thin oils and make them flow out to a smooth, even consistency. It produces transparent "washes" of color which look more realistic than the unnatural opacity of oil paints. It allows you to blend colors together for soft effects. It permits the oils to dry within minutes, instead of hours or even days. It easily removes excess paint from hair. It instantly cleans and conditions your fine brushes, allowing you to use them for years. It is even reusable -- just allow the color solids to settle to the bottom of the fluid and pour off the clear liquid. Brush Magic works great with Treasure Gold metallic waxes as well as for scale tipping effects on fish mounts. Flammable liquid. Cannot be shipped by air.

Thank you!

This response submitted by Becky on 2/10/01. ( KEYTAXIDERMY@aol.com )

Thanks both Donna and Ken! I did find the Japan dryer today and will try that and will add the Brush Magic to my next WASCO order!

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