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Denatured Alcohol

Denatured alcohol is a solvent used with alcohol-based products, such as shellac.  This product is purely a solvent, without additives.

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USAGE

This is a handy solvent.  We put it in small containers that go on every job.   Here are some uses of denatured alcohol. 

  • Cleans off dry acrylic paint/glaze
  • A good cleaner for dirty surfaces (as long as a quick application)
  • Thins water-based varnishes and latex paints better than water, due to being an emulsion.  You will end up using 1/4 of the amount of water (never thin more than 10%)

THE DECORATIVE PAINTER'S TOOLKIT

Denatured alcohol is used as a negative painting technique, which gives a snake skin texture. See post: Shagreen, Red Griotte Marble, Green Campan Marble.

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