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AlkydPro Fast-Drying Alkyd Oil Colors are artist's colors for the 21st century.
Because AlkydPro Colors dry much quicker than traditional oil paints (within 20 hours), artists can complete paintings in a fraction of the time. The quick drying time also allows more creative freedom for artists who travel, paint plein air, or work in layers.
The binder used in AlkydPro Alkyd Oil Colors is a sunflower oil alkyd resin. Because they contain no linseed oil, AlkydPro Oil Colors won't yellow, crack, or dull over time. At the same time, every color offers a high pigment concentration and the buttery feel that is consistent with professional-quality paints. The high pigment concentration also means that colors are purer, and a larger tube size means paints stretch further, ensuring a better value for the artist.
AlkydPro Alkyd Oil Colors are compatible with traditional oils, mediums, mineral spirits, and turpentine, as well as with other alkyds. They also can be used to speed the drying time of oil paints. They contain no fillers, adulterants, or opacifiers.
AlkydPro Alkyd Oil Colors dry to a brilliant, flexible finish and retain their color intensity after drying.
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Mixed feelings about Alkyds.
By Spencer the Artist
from Broomfield, Colorado
Comments about CAS AlkydPro Fast-Drying Alkyd Oil Colors:
The advantage of alkyds is they dry quickly: You can paint and blend one day and the painting will be dry to the touch the next. The disadvantage is they dry too quickly and within an hour or two they tend to drag on the brush and, as someone said, they are like "painting with glue." They soon lack the buttery feel of regular oils such as M. Graham's. Still, they are great to work with if you can work within the time frame. I have found that adding OMS helps. Perhaps the manufacturer can provide other tips to lengthen their workability. I have found them to have rich colors with a high pigment load. They should work well as an underpainting where glazing and such with regular oils can be done the next day. "Fat over lean" is not a problem with them, but they are NOT to be painted over regular oil painting!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great quality product
By Art Lifer
from Melbourne Australia
I love Alkyds and was really happy to find such a great product with the best extensive quality colour range available and most importantly having tube sizes up to 120 ml which is great for larger scale paintings
Sets up too fast, intense heavily pigmented.
from Seattle, WA
I have used alkyds since W & N introduced them. When the EU required elimination of cadmiums I looked for alternatives.CAS is much more intense, more heavily pigmented than W & N or any other alkyd manufacturer I've used. Their pigment information is excellent. Their Alizarin Violet, for example, is so intense only a fragment colors Titanium white. It functions as a black.However, their paints unevenly set up - skim over - in the palette almost as soon as they're set out. The open time can be less than an hour. I complained to Blick about their Titanium white. Blick sent another tube, same story. Not only does it set up too soon but it's granular.I corresponded with CAS making them aware or the problem but as far as I know, no remedy. As for complaints about the tubes polymerizing prematurely, I wipe off the threads with a paper towel, dunk the end in thinner and wipe it off. I also use a wringer to close up the bottom of the tube. This practices reduce or eliminate the problem for me.
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing your feedback with us on these oil colors. The AlkydPro are formulated to dry fast. If you find it drying on your palette, we recommend setting less out at a time. The granulation may be a defective batch and we would be happy to assist you with a return or exchange. You can reach our Customer Care team at 1.800.723.2787.
from Summerville, sc
I have only used alkyds a few times, but certain colors of these CAS alkyds just ran out of the tube. They were not at all creamy, instead they were gooey! I have tried Other brands and found the quality much better.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing with us. Occasionally paints may settle in their tubes and some oil separation may occur. This excess oil is typically fine to pour off using an absorbent paper towel that is then properly disposed. You may also attempt to gently massage the tube, but this is not necessary and could result in damage to the tube. If you feel that your paints are defective, please give our Customer Care team a call at 1.800.723.2787. We are happy to see if we can help with a return or exchange.
Heavily pigmented but tube clogs up fast.
from Dundee, IL
I use these paint when I want an intense, fast drying film of paint. They are great for that but I end up losing a bit of the contents of the tube because it gets dried up at the top and is difficult to squeeze paint out. Don't buy these unless you plan to paint almost every day.
Thick and chunky
from De Pere, WI
I found the paint to be thick and chunky. Difficult to squeeze from the tube and must be thinned to be used. Not a great paint. Prefer Windsor&Newton Alkyyd.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that the paint you received did not perform well and may be defective. Our Customer Care team will be contacting you to see if we can help you with a return or exchange.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Fast drying, brilliant colors!
By Happy Painter
from Brooklyn, NY
Colors are great. Paints cover well, dry much faster than linseed oils. However, Think that they smell more than linseed oils. That may stop me from buying more and returning to transitional oils. Undecided.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
fine product and good value
By robot bonobo
from long beach, CA
Alkyds are excellent. The fast drying can seem too fast compared to traditional oils. I've learned to not mix really large amounts of paint since it does get stiff after a few hours. I personally like the sticky quality when it just starts to set. It's a very good value for a quality product.
(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
The other side
This is my second try to give a review for this paint...the website lost the first one. I hated this stuff so much I have to tell my story. I am an oil painter with forty years of experience. I have used Alkyds for a lot of those years. When the new line of CAS paints first came out, I thought I ought to try them. So when I needed to order more paint, ...I paint every day, so I use a lot, I went for it and bought a whole palette of colors worth of CAS. Bad idea. I am sooo disappointed. Let me count the ways. 1. Color fidelity. There are variances of color with all different paint manufacturers. The color differences with CAS are beyond variation. CAS Alizarin Crimson is a tint. Right out of the tube the color is a dark pink, not the almost black it should be, meaning I can't use this color. Then there is their version of sap green....so heavy on phtalo green that I am unable to use it. Several of the other colors are lighter than they should be. 2. Drying speed. These paints are made with straight alkyd, meaning they dry really fast...I spend a good day in the studio every day. These start drying up and gunking up within an hour of being put on my palette, meaning I have to start over laying out colors within a few hours...a waste of time for me. 3. Shiny weaselly dried paint surface. Again, since these paints use straight alkyd, they dry with the awful shiny gloss film of that medium, making it difficult to see the work underneath the shine. Hard to refine a painting when you can't really see it for the reflected glare. If you haven't guessed already, I am really not happy with these paints. I must say that Dick Blick has been helpful with me on that score. I wrote them a letter expressing my displeasure, and they sent me a return paid mailing form, but since I have already opened the paint and used it several times, I don't feel comfortable sending them back. I will keep them in my "Unusable Paint Don't Order Again" box..a rather expensive lesson not to buy a whole lot of paint from a manufacturer you aren't familiar with.. There are a lot of glowing reviews of this paint here. I have given the other side. If you want to try it, go ahead...but learn from me. Just one or two colors at first.
Merchant response: The makers of the CAS AlkydPro would like to offer the following clarifications:1. Alizarin Crimson is not a tint - it is a unique blend made by the pigment manufacturer with the highest lightfastness on the market at this time. 2. Sap Green is one of our best-seller paints - it is not heavy in phthalo blue, it just has a very concentrated pigment load 3. AlkydPro is formulated to dry fast - that is the point with our paint 4. The gloss can be controlled by diluting the paint with odorless mineral spirits - from semi-gloss to a matte finish.If you ever have specific questions regarding our products, please contact our Product Information department at email@example.com or by calling (800) 933-2542. Our product specialists will be happy to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great Alkyd paints!!!!
I have not tried each and every company out there that make fast drying paints but I do know that when you compare these paints (Alkyd pro) with winsor and newton the alkyd pro paints are much much thicker and have much more pigment. Even with the increase in pigment concentration the paints are still very usable and brushing qualities are extremely nice. Rich and thick is how I would describe these paints. The smell isn't offensive at all...barely noticable for me. I would like them better if they had a cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow lemon and a few others. I've already ordered 22 tubes in different colors. Most of the high oil pigments dry in a matter of 24 hours when used straight from the tube. Other quick drying pigments like the oxides dry in a matter of 4-5 hours. Great paints and I would highly recommend them to anyone who (like me) is a little more impatient about watching paint dry over the next few weeks.
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