Would like to know more about DS Oil Gesso, especially the fumes
By: Pierre Coupey
How would you describe the quality of this product?
Very much like the buttery feel and how the DS oil gesso spreads: it gives good coverage and does dry overnight. Much easier to put on than some other oil gesso grounds.
How did this product perform compared to your expectations?
Gives a far brighter backlight to oil pigments than other oil gessoes or acrylic grounds. Makes the colours pop from the canvas, very nice.
How did you use this medium in your work?
Applied two coats of DS oil gesso ground over one coat PVA size, sanding between coats, on both linen and cotton canvas supports. As canvas sizes range from 50" square to 72" square, need a ground that applies evenly and smoothly on large supports.
Was this product true to its value?
What was your overall experience with this product?
Having used DS oil gesso now for the first time in the preparation of seven new canvasses, my major concern relates to the fumes this product gives off: the smell of DS oil gesso is very strong and permeates the studio and the house, despite the fact that my studio has excellent ventilation and two very powerful extractor fans. I'm worried that the fumes may be toxic, and whether one must wear a ventilator mask. What are the health implications of this product? Have searched the web and have not found any specific information, and the DS web site doesn't say anything explicit. I like everything else about DS Oil gesso but the fumes and their potential toxicity. Information please!
Merchant Response Hello Pierre, happy to read that you really like our DS oil gesso! We do have on this page, a link to the MSDS sheet pdf. for our DS oil gesso that should answer your questions. This is the url, not sure if it will actually link, but you can follow the MSDS link in the "Resources" section of this page. Thank you Pierre! http://www.danielsmith.com/ItemFiles/MSDS/MSDS_US00002_284-040-007_10042011.PDF