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What are suitable primers for oil paintings on copper?





Hi,

I'm doing a research and also just started painting on copper. One of my concerns is of adhesion: what type of primer should be used. On this site these chemicals are primers/lacquers are mentioned: UV curable primer,lacquer #2 and #8A. I would like to know if they are available in my country, the supplier and contacts. Also will artist oil paints adhere to them? I would also appreciate it if anyone could suggest other alternatives that are widely available.

Ry Sedrcik d.v. Bolodo
fine arts student - Quezon city, Manila, Philippines
2003


Dear Ry Sedrcik d.v. Bolodo:
While I don't know the answer, there is a conservationist from the National Gallery at the Smithsonian who answers inquiries for Artists Magazine. Do a search for Artist's Magazine, and it will get you to their online site. Best of luck, and it would be great if you could post the answer!

Clemmie

Clemmie B. King
Artist/Instructor - Monroe, North Carolina
2003



I have also been researching painting on copper. I found a great book examining the works of old master paintings. It says that there is not a whole lot of research as to what to prime the copper with except to use a clove of garlic. By rubbing it on the surface it is suppose to provide a fine tooth to paint on.

Hope this helps a bit.

Alisha Bavin
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
2003




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