Gamblin Gamsol is 100% pure odourless mineral spirits (OMS). Nearly all harmful aromatic solvents that can induce headaches when using cheaper solvents such as white spirit have been refined out of it, less than .005% remains making oil painting much safer and enjoyable.
It is now widely used and recommended in painting classes, home and commercial studios and is our best selling oil painting solvent.
Primary uses for Gamsol:
Thinning oil colours: A little goes a long way; stiff oil colours relax immediately when a little Gamsol is added. Be careful not to thin oil colours too much with solvent alone, this can compromise the ability of the paint to form a paint film.
Modifying painting mediums: The Galkyd line of painting mediums are formulated with Gamsol, so they readily accept Gamsol as a thinning agent. Note: Gamsol should not be added to painting mediums made with natural resins (dammar, copal, mastic). They require strong solvents such as turpentine.
Studio clean-up: brushes, palettes, palette knives, etc.
Most other solvents available to artists come from the industrial paint industry where solvent power and cheapness is prized. Gamsol is special: it is made for products and processes that come into more intimate contact with the body such as cosmetics, hand cleaners, and cleaning food service equipment.