Gamblin Gamsol Odourless Mineral Spirits
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Uses of Gamblin Gamsol:
- Thinning oil colors. A little goes a long way; stiff oil colors relax immediately when a little Gamsol is added. Be careful not to thin oil colors too much with solvent alone, this can compromise the ability of the paint to form a paint film.
- Modifying painting mediums. Our Galkyd line of painting mediums are formulated with Gamsol, so they readily accept Gamsol as a thinning agent. Note: Gamsol should not be added to painting mediums made with natural resins (dammar, copal, mastic). They require strong solvents such as turpentine.
- Studio clean-up: brushes, palettes, palette knives, etc.
Performance and safety
Most solvents available to artists come from the industrial paint industry where solvent power and cheapness is prized. Gamsol is special: it is made for products and processes that come into more intimate contact with the body such as cosmetics, hand cleaners, and cleaning food service equipment.
Gamsol is a petroleum distillate but all the aromatic solvents have been refined out of it, less than .005% remains. Aromatic solvents are the most harmful types of petroleum solvents. The Gamsol SDS shows that it has an Exposure Limit Value higher than most solvents available to artists. In addition, Gamsol’s flash point allows it to ship via air cargo as a non-hazardous material.
Gamsol is widely used in oil painting classrooms as there are no solvent odors, only the wonderful smell of oil colors.
Gamsol is available in the following sizes:
- 125ml / 4.2 oz
- 500ml / 16.9 oz
- 1L / 33.8 oz
- 3.67L / 128 oz.
I've really enjoyed using this solvent. It's a smooth blender and works really well with a minimum amount of solvent. Best of all it really is odourless & doesn't effect my asthma at all. Highly recommended.
I bought this product after watching a American video on removing paper from self-adhesive stamps. It didn't work as well as the video, maybe because the gum on Australian self-adhesive stamps is stronger than American gum? It was an experiment that half worked.