Using Floetrol in your acrylic paint pouring

Fluid acrylic paint pouring has been getting more and more popular in recent years and we can see why! Take a look at these beautiful examples;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These beautiful pieces were created by artist Asha Tank, with the helping hand of Floetrol.

Floetrol is a paint conditioner that is traditionally used to help alleviate the appearance of brush and roller marks when painting your walls.

However, we have had many artists asking us lots of questions regarding the use of Floetrol in their art projects, so we thought we would let you all know the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Can Floetrol be used with acrylic paints? Specifically artists’ acrylics?

Floetrol can be used with any water or acrylic based paints.

Will Floetrol yellow or change the hue of the paint over time?

No

Once cured/dry, should we expect any changes in future? With artwork we like to be sure work is archival in a sense, and whilst this is not an artists material… can we assume the product is inert once dry?

No, Floetrol will not change overtime. Any changes that do occur will be due to the natural aging of the paint.

Is it safe to heat/torch Floetrol when working?

Floetrol is non-flammable so should be safe to heat/torch when working.

Should we be worried about any fumes or skin contact in general?

When used as is there is no concern needed regarding the fumes and skin contact when using Floetrol, what I can’t guarantee is the lack of fumes when heating/torching Floetrol as this is new area of use for the product and is not something that it has been tested for. As with any item/product that is being heated/torched all necessary safety precautions should be taken.

Will it chalk or flake over time?

No. Floetrol will not chalk or flake but it cannot stop the paint from doing that.

Is there anything that should not be mixed with Floetrol?

Floetrol should only be mixed with water or acrylic based paints. It may also be mixed with paints where acrylic and oil have been blended together. However for these types of paints a test should be carried out to check for compatibility and ideally it should be established whether it is an Acrylic/Alkyd paint or Alkyd /Acrylic paint mix and the order in which it is written often determines which medium is the greater in the paint.

Will using higher ratios of Floetrol than those recommended for house paints have any negative or long-lasting effects? (for example, mixing 50:50 acrylic paint to Floetrol, 1 part Acrylic paint to 3 parts Floetrol or 1 part Acrylic paint to 4 parts Floetrol)

It will not have any negative or long lasting effects. However you may find that by adding more than the recommended values that the paint may start to become opaque. Whether this is a negative or not I guess is determined by what the artist wishes to achieve.

Is there a shelf life to Floetrol?

Floetrol has a shelf life of one year in its original unopened packaging, once opened it is not possible for us to give it a definite shelf life as there are too many variables, however assuming that the Floetrol is kept in the right storage conditions then you should find it still good to use after 12 months.

What about once mixed with paint?

It will last for as long as the paint lasts.

Are there any surfaces you shouldn’t use Floetrol on?

Other than a silicone surface there are no surfaces that we are aware of the you cannot use Floetrol on.

Using it as directed, how soon should you expect to have to repaint where it was used as an additive?

As soon as the paint required a repaint.

Does Floetrol change the sheen of the paint, or dull the colours in any way?

Water/acrylic based gloss paints that have a gloss level of 70% or greater may have their sheen level reduced slightly, other than that it will have no effect on the sheen level of a paint.

When was Floetrol launched?

It was originally launched in 1974.

So there you have it, a nice little list of the most common questions we get asked about Floetrol.

We hope this is of help, however, if you have any further queries regarding the use of Floetrol, then please, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Images and questions courtesy of Asha Tank

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16 thoughts on “Using Floetrol in your acrylic paint pouring

    1. Hello Sirpa,

      Thank you very much for your query.

      Yes we have Floetrol in both Greece and Finland.
      For Greece you can get in touch with our Sales Agent Mr. Orestis – his email is: ory@otenet.gr
      Or, for Finland, you would need to get in touch with Mr. Ilpo Jousimaa – his email is: ilpo.jousimaa@bogenland.com

      I hope this was helpful to you – please don’t hesitate to contact us again in future should you have any more questions.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi there Josephine,

      Thank you for your query.
      I’m not certain that Floetrol is available in Malta, however, I have the contact details for the sales agent out there who will be able to assist you further on this matter:

      Name: Mr. Oleg
      Number: +356 79 970 970
      Email: owatrol@go.net.mt

      If they do not hold Floetrol, there is a chance he could potentially get it shipped to you from a neighbouring country.

      I hope this information is helpful to you.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  1. Could you please tell me if Floetrol is available (and under what name) in Turkey, and who distributes it?

    Thanks very much

    Alex

    1. Hi there Alex,

      Thank you very much for your query.
      One of our sales agents in Turkey, who works for Shible, is surveying the option to bring Owatrol Easy Flow (it is Floetrol branded outside of Europe) to Turkey.

      The contact details for the sales agent are:
      Name: Mrs. Fahriye Akçal
      Number: +90 (543) 496 11 75
      Email: fahriyeakcal@shible.net

      She may be able to assist you further and get some shipped to you from a neighbouring country.

      I hope this information is helpful to you.

      All the very best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi Fiifi,

      Thank you for your recent query regarding Floetrol’s availability in Ghana.
      Sadly, we do not currently have a distributor in Ghana, however, I have passed your information onto someone who might be able to help in getting some shipped to you.

      I hope this was helpful.

      All the very best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi Aneta,

      Thank you for your recent query regarding Floetrol.
      We are happy to inform you that Floetrol is available in Sweden!

      Our distributor in Sweden is as follows:

      Contact person: Ulf
      Address: Vattengatan 1, 702 27 Örebro
      Tel: +4619446485
      Mobile: +46733857353
      Website: http://www.owolja.se

      I hope this is helpful.

      All the very best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi there Rasha,

      Thank you very much for your query.

      I can confirm that we have a stockist in Germany who sells Floetrol and their details are as follows;

      Name: Mr Oliver Werner
      Phone number: +49 (0)4193 754020
      Email address: o.werner@innoskins.de

      I hope this is helpful. If you have any other queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us further.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi Helena,

      Thank you for you query regarding the price of Floetrol.
      We can see that there is one seller in the UK on eBay that currently sells 1l Floetrol for 45p less than we do.
      We sell our products at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP), so other sellers / companies may be able to sell the products for less than the RRP if they have less over heads etc.

      I hope this is helpful and answers your query – If you have any further questions, please do not hesistate to contact us further.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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