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Household Materials for Pouring in a Pinch

Let’s face it, this hobby can get expensive in a hurry. All of these fancy additives for a silky finish and the silicones that boast the best cells in all the land—you want them, but sometimes it’s just not in the budget or all that easy to find without some online shopping. Maybe you’ve run out of floetrol and it’s 10pm but you just need to pour. Well, have no fear, there are a few things you can use as substitutes for those additives that can be found in your own home!



WD-40 is something nearly any household has, it’s a product that most people seem to buy once and the can lasts them for a good long while. It’s cheap and available at just about any store that has a hardware department, no matter how small. Just make sure you read the label first to make sure it does have silicone in it, otherwise it won’t achieve its intended purpose as an additive for cell promotion.

Elmer’s glue


If you ever find yourself low on or out of floetrol give Elmer’s glue a try. Obviously, you need to add water to thin your paint for a pour, that’s the name of the game, but you’ve got to make sure you have something in there that keeps the paint sticky. I don’t necessarily mean consistency wise, I mean when it comes to sticking to your canvas. Elmber’s glue helps the paint bond to the canvas while keeping the colors of your paint rich.



You might be a little less likely to have this product in your house, but it’s worth a shot. Rainx is a spray people use on their cars to keep rain from leaving those annoying water drop stains after a storm—it also promotes cells in pours.

Rubbing alcohol


Believe it or not rubbing alcohol can be used to get some cells in your pour. Alcohol can kind of be seen as a two-in-one, it helps thin things out while also creating cell potential. Keep in mind, it’s a little hit or miss with rubbing alcohol, I’ve found that it depends on your ratios in the mixing cup as well as the colors you’re using and torching.

Hair products


This one is probably more likely to be in the bathroom of any long haired lady (or man with good grooming habits). Some people swear by using a few drops of some hair oil in their paints to get cells to explode on their canvas rather than a treadmill lubricant or some other silicone product. Make sure the product you’re using has dimethicone as an active ingredient, that’s the key to cells.

Please share any success stories you’ve had with these products, we’d love to see them. And let us know if you’ve tried any household objects that knocked your socks off as a quick fix or replacement for the real deal!

4 thoughts on “Household Materials for Pouring in a Pinch”

  1. All of this is random. Too many of us want exact directions, ratios, methods and a pattern to follow. I’d say more than half of the creative process is in selecting your mediums. Take pleasure in the process of execution and the product could end up being something you want to look at more than once.

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