White Paints

White paint or ink is everybody’s biggest nightmare. Not just the user but the manufacturers aswell. Thin it too much and it does not cover, thin too little and it does not spray.

Well I tested a few makes and was shocked to see you do not necessarily get what you pay for. All the brands tested was used straight out of the bottle – except for one brand that came out of a tube – and air regulated to get the best spray.

What I tested for was opacity, how fast you get tip-dry, how easy to clean, how easy it is to get from the container, availability and obviously price per milliliter. With the opacity test, I wrote the name of the ink on the black board and counted how many coats I had to give for it to cover. Everytime just trying to lay it down thick enough so that it did not start running. Below each solid panel, I did a continuous line to see how well it held together before tip-dry affects it. This also shows the opacity of a single coat.

The test panel is normal matt board that I covered in Molotow black. This gave a nice smooth sealed surface.

Dala Drawing Ink

Opacity stopped at 12 coats
Tip dry slow
Ease of cleaning very easy
Tapping from container had to replace container because once it is flowing it does not stop
Availability at all Dala stockists
Price (approx) 50ml bottles @ 50c/ml
Personal rating

Com-Art

Opacity 6 coats
Tip dry moderate
Ease of cleaning easy
Tapping from container easy but a bit of wastage when closing cap
Availability only through Iwata agents
Price (approx) 30ml bottles @ R1.66/ml
120ml bottles @ R1.16/ml
Personal rating

Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink

Opacity 5 coats
Tip dry moderate to fast
Ease of cleaning easy
Tapping from container eye dropper makes things very easy. Just make sure you mix the ink inside the dropper with the rest
in the bottle as the pigment drops to the bottom
Availability Most good art supply stores
Price (approx) 30ml bottles @ R2.16/ml
Personal rating

Molotow ONE4ALL

Opacity 2 coats
Tip dry fast
Ease of cleaning moderately easy
Tapping from container very easy
Availability Only from the agent or graffiti shops
Price (approx) 30ml bottles @ R3.16/ml
180ml bottle @ R1.30/ml
Personal rating

Liquitex

Opacity 9 coats
Tip dry fast
Ease of cleaning moderately easy
Tapping from container eye dropper makes things very easy. Just make sure you mix the ink inside the dropper with the rest
in the bottle as the pigment drops to the bottom
Availability Sellected art shops only
Price (approx) 30ml bottles @ R3.30/ml
Personal rating

Winsor & Newton

Please note that this Winsor & Newton was the exception and had to thin it to the consistancy of milk.

Opacity 6 coats
Tip dry fast
Ease of cleaning difficult
Tapping from container easy but had to thin
Availability Most good art supply stores
Price (approx) 60ml tube @ 0.93c/ml
200ml tube @ 0.68c/ml
Personal rating

Conclusion

Don’t only go according to price. Just because it is expensive, does not make it good. The Liquitex is way overpriced for what you get. The Dala is only good enough to tint the other colours in the range. Some brands you will have to do a little more leg work to get hold off. So my vote goes to Daler-Rowney’s FW Acrylic ink. The reason is that is readily available, not too expensive, sprays nice and covers well.

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