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Golden Acrylic Flow Release
Acrylic Retarder
Liquitex Flow-Aid
Additives
Acrylic additives such as retarders to slow drying or skinning and flow enhancers to increase flow and staining power of all types of acrylic paints.
Golden Acrylic Flow Release
GOLDEN Acrylic Flow Release is a surfactant. A surfactant is a concentrated surface-active liquid which reduces surface tension, thus improving wetting and increasing the flow of acrylic waterborne paints.

A surfactant is used several ways in acrylic paint making. Surfactants are used to "wet out" pigments to ease their introduction into an acrylic resin, medium or gel. They can also be added to thinner paint mixtures, such as stains, to help reduce surface tension.

Acrylic Flow Release is very useful for staining techniques, as it dramatically reduces the surface tension between the stain (paint/water) and the support. Certain supports, especially raw canvas, are inherently water repelling in nature and require the use of such a surface-active agent to allow the stain to wet and penetrate into the support.
Acrylic Retarder
Golden Acrylic Retarder is an additive used to increase the drying time of acrylic
paints. Useful for “ wet-in-wet” techniques and reducing skinning on
the palette.
Liquitex Flow-Aid
Increases the flow of acrylic colors on all surfaces. This handy medium will give more even lay-down in flat brushing techniques (i.e., hard edge painting), and it allows better, deeper staining techniques