Just like the original Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner, it leaves no residue of itself in your work, however, it has a slightly faster drying time because it is without the citrus element. Use it as a solvent, a diluent, a medium and for brush cleaning.
The Zest-it Citrus Free Solvent is a much safer solvent for oil painters than Gum Turpentine and makes an excellent replacement because it is non-toxic and non-flammable.
The solvent is just as easy to use as the original Zest-it Brush Cleaner and can be used in just the same way.
The Aliphatic Hydrocarbon has a slight solvent odour because it contains no Aromatics or CFC’s, has low VOC’s and is kinder to the environment. It can travel by road, sea and air, therefore an excellent accompaniment if you are going on a painting holiday. It is re-usable, which makes it economical and a little goes a long way.
It is an excellent solvent for Gum Damar and Mastic resin for making varnish. You may have read that only turpentine will dissolve these resins, that is not the case anymore, so you can use it to make your own varnish, for your own use, if you wish.
Please note: it will not dissolve synthetic Damar Resin
With Zest-it Citrus Free Solvent can make a standard “5 lb cut” varnish and dilute it down to your required strength. However we would advise using Zest-it Citrus Free Solvent for dilution as mixing solvents could cause your varnish to go cloudy.
Use it as a medium for mixing with Linseed Stand Oil and Cold Pressed Linseed Oil to make your own painting mediums.
Your painting medium will be easier to make-up if you add the Linseed Oil to the Zest-it Citrus Free Solvent and not the other way round.
Linseed oils are very viscous and it takes a decent amount of ‘agitation’ for the two products to mix together thoroughly.
Painting mediums can be a personal ‘thing’ and the ratio of the mix is not fixed. If you are unsure, as a suggestion, try a 50/50 mix and adjust the proportions from there.
It is a diluent for oil paint, oil bars, oil based ink, oil pastels, wax pencils and wax based media.
You can use Zest-it Citrus Free Solvent to thin oil paint as ‘thin as ink’, ideal for colouring a canvas and/or under-painting.
With oil bars try ‘dampening’ the canvas before working, gives a different look and finished result.
Excellent for blending oil pastel and can be used to give a smooth finish, the same techniques can be used with wax based media.
Use for cleaning oil paint, oil colour, oil bars, oil pastels, oil based ink, wax based products, Damar varnish and other oil based products from your brushes, palette, painting knives, rollers and equipment.
The Zest-it Citrus Free Solvent has considerable active strength, meaning it is re-usable many times for brush washing.
After use allow to settle (dispose of the paint sediment responsibly; place onto dry soil or sand) and decant off the clear liquid, this saves on waste and makes it economical in use.