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About Zest-it® Solvent (Citrus Free)

Zest-it® Solvent (Citrus Free) is ideal for those oil painters who wish a little more 'bite' to
their solvent, prefer a non-citrus smell and a slightly stronger action than the
original Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush Cleaner.

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Zest-it® Solvent
(Citrus Free)


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Use as diluent, medium and solvent for oil based media.
Also to clean your brushes and equipment

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Green text on the label for Zest-it Solvent (Citrus Free).


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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 Solvent (Citrus Free) is a much safer solvent for oil painters than Gum Turpentine and makes an excellent replacement. The solvent is just as easy to use as the original Zest-it and can be used in just the same way.
The Aliphatic Hydrocarbon has a slight solvent odour, contains no Aromatics or CFC's, it is classed as non-flammable, 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 if you wish.
With Zest-it Solvent (Citrus Free) you can make a standard "5 lb cut" varnish and dilute it down to your required strength. However we would advise using Zest-it Solvent (Citrus Free) 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 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 Solvent (Citrus Free) 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 Solvent (Citrus Free) 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) and decant off the clear liquid, this saves on waste and makes it economical in use.

Sizes available - 50 ml; 125 ml; 250 ml; 500 ml and 1 Litre.

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