ACRYLIC ARTIST FLUID COLORS

Extra fine colors, low viscosity formula, maximum pigment concentration, multiple single pigment colors, minimal colorshift wet-dry and does not contain fillers or matting agents.

 

Fluid Acrylic Artist colors have been formulated with the best pigments available for artists, chosen for their beauty, maximum stability and maximum degree of light-fastness. The pigments are disper-sed in an 100% acrylic polymer emulsion. The range contains organic and inorganic pigments such as quinacridones, cobalts and pyrroles, and is free of additives considered fillers or matting agents, so the drying of these colors will be brilliant, satin, matt and opaque or transparent depending on the nature of the pigment.

 

Acrylic Artist Fluid Colors have a viscosity of 1000 to 2000- cPs and brush on to a smooth, even film of color. The Fluid colors are very versatile: they are ideal for pouring and dropping techniques, staining and glazing, shading or as an alternative to watercolors, and can be used in airbrushing techniques when diluted with our Airbrush Thinner. The colors dry water-resistant, non yellowing and UV resistant.

 

All the colors form a film of excellent adhesion, flexibility and resistance. They can be mixed or combined with our mediums and textures. Fluid Artist Acrylic colors conform to the European Security Regulations and Environmental Standards of the REACH Protocol and to the U.S.A. certification ASTM D-4236 (No Health Label Required). For more information please consult the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) at the Vallejo website. www.acrylicosvallejo.com

 

REACH
R.E.A.CH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. One of the main reasons for developing and adopting the REACH Regulation was that a large number of substances have been manufactured and placed on the market in Europe for many years, sometimes in very high amounts, and yet there is insufficient information on the hazards that they pose to human health and the environment. There is a need to fill these information gaps to ensure that industry is able to assess hazards and risks of the substances, and to identify and implement the risk management measures to protect humans and the environment.
ASTM D-4236
Standard Practice for Labeling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards). In addition to compliance with European Common Market regulations, Acrylicos Vallejo decided in 2004 to begin the process of obtaining the ASTM D-4236 "No Health Labelling Required" certification for the U.S.A. distribution of their products. For a period of two years formulas for our colors were submitted to a U.S. laboratory, and were found within the safety limits set by the ASTM organization. This is a continuing process, as new formulations arise. For more information please see www.astm.org.

The ASTM certification, "Conforms to ASTM D-4236" is commonly accepted as a guarantee that the product is not toxic. However this should not be understood as a warrant to use paint without caution, since any color will contain some level of potentially harmful chemicals. Besides pigment and binder, paint contains many more ingredients and although no immediate or long term health hazards are anticipated with the use of any of these chemicals in the prescribed quantities, long term testing for chronic toxicity has been scant and incomplete. Colors should not be ingested or inhaled, no matter what their pigment content may be.
Pigments and safety
Pigments can only cause damage to health in case of inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin. Pigments in solvent-based mediums are more likely to be inhaled due to the volatile nature of the medium. If in addition these solvent based colors are used in vaporized systems such as airbrushing, they become truly dangerous to health, and the use of a mask and a protective screen for airbrushing is already part of the legislation in many countries. Acrylic mediums have a low rate of solubility, and are by far safer in airbrushing techniques.

Most artists' colors manufactured in these last 40 years are formulated with pigments which are considered safe to the artist or the environment. Synthetic pigments have found their place alongside the traditional pigments and shine in their own right; they are not only beautiful but have superb lightfastness and permanence. These organic pigments are also used in limited color ranges to replace some of the original inorganic pigments to manufacture colors identified with the word " Hue " on the labels. But the quality of artist's pigments such as Cadmium and Cobalt is still unequalled and they continue to be included in all the important ranges of artists' colors for professional artists.

Cadmium pigments are traditional pigments of great beauty, permanence and stability. They contain heavy metals and are not biodegradable. Care should be taken in the handling of Cadmium or any other pigment in powder form. Cadmium and Cobalt contained in Artist' Colors should not be taken internally, and if applied in spray techniques, the use of a protective mask is essential. Used cadmium containers should not be incinerated, because in this process the cadmium compounds revert to a soluble state and produce toxic fumes. They can also get into the sewage system, and for environmental safety it is recommended to discard used cadmium tubes in special containers (as one would treat used batteries, for example). See also Cadmium Regulations Update.