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Whiting

Whiting is basically ground CHALK.  It is made of mostly calcium carbonate and mined in various parts of the world.

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Whiting is used in a wide variety of industries.  In the painting industry, it is used in most paint products as a thickener, in putty products, and as a polishing compound for glass, ceramics, and metals such as silver and brass.

In decorative painting, it has many valuable uses:

  • As a thickener for paint, glaze, varnish, etc
  • It thickens without adding color. Don’t be fooled by the name, there isn’t any white color.
  • It is an effective matting agent (but talc powder is better)
  • Used to polish a surface
  • Great to use for cleaning really dirty brushes (as a scrub)
  • Fantastic at “degreasing” or preparing an oil basecoat for a water glaze 

See Also:  Degreasing an Oil Basecoat with Whiting

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