Notes from the Lab

36 New Low Viscosity Colours and Improved Formulations

Tri-Art is proud to introduce 36 new Low Viscosity colours to our profession line of acrylic paint. Ask your favourite Tri-Art retailer about these new colours.


  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Med Hue
  • Permanent Crimson
  • Primary Magenta
  • Pyrrole Red Light
  • Pyrrole Red Medium
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Quinacridone Scarlet
  • Transparent Pyrrole Red


  • Bismuth Yellow Light
  • India(n) Yellow
  • Primary Yellow


  • Manganese Blue Hue
  • Phthalo Turquoise
  • Primary Cyan
  • Prussian Blue Hue


  • Sap Green


  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Transparent Permanent Orange


  • Naples Yellow Hue
  • Red Oxide Tint
  • Transparent Brown

Grey and Black

  • Graphite Grey
  • Mars Black
  • Payne’s Grey


  • Unbleached Titanium
  • Warm White
  • Zinc White

Effect Colours:

  • Interference Blue
  • Interference Green
  • Interference Orange
  • Interference Red
  • Interference Turquoise
  • Interference Violet
  • Liquid Mirror

Low Viscosity Reformulations:

Here at Tri-Art we are always striving to improve our products. You may have previously noticed that our Low Viscosity colours tended to separate and required quite a strong arm to shake up, particularly colours that contained titanium white and iron oxide.

Titanium white and iron oxide are very heavy pigments. Like sand stirred up on the bottom of a lake, they have a strong desire to settle back down to the bottom. To prevent this settling, typically paint formulas are thickened, gelling these pigments in place. When it comes to creating thin and liquid paints like our professional Low Viscosity line, it posed quite a formulation challenge. We wanted to keep the formula liquid and fluid, but also keep the pigment load as high as possible, so we previously opted to allow for some settling to occur.

We’re now happy to announce that after over a year of R&D we are releasing not only 36 new colours, but also re-releasing several new and improved original Low Viscosity colours. This new formula retains the same colours, pigment load and low viscosity characteristics, but has greatly improved pigment suspension, ensuring your paints stay ready and useable.

Original and improved Low Viscosity Colours after stress testing in our lab.

Reformulated colours:

  • Brilliant Purple
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Magenta Light
  • Permanent Green Light
  • Raw Sienna
  • Sepia
  • Yellow Oxide



Notes from the Lab

Notice: Masking Fluid Reformulation

Here at Tri-Art we are always striving to improve our products. When we noticed our Masking Fluid was failing quality control we took to the R&D department to research and resolve the problem.

Masking fluid is made with natural latex – not the paint you for your walls – but the latex that comes from rubber trees. Latex is a highly unique material that allows for products like Masking Fluid, but it is also an unfortunately sensitive one. Heat, sunlight, pH, and bacterial colonization can all cause latex to fail in dramatic ways – even simply mixing the latex too fast will cause it to coagulate.

After considerable testing we found that our previous Masking Fluid formula was prematurely solidifying in-can largely due to a drop in pH over time. We are happy to announce this has been corrected and that all new batches of Tri-Art Masking Fluid will have a greatly improved shelf life. The working properties of the Masking Fluid will remain unchanged.

jelled masking fluid vs. still fluid masking fluid

Masking fluid after stress testing in lab. Left: original formula. Right: improved formula.

All Tri-Art Masking Fluid with a batch number greater than 44559 will contain the new, improved formula.

To keep your Masking Fluid liquid and useable for as long as possible:

  • Always tightly close the jar when not in use
  • Keep out of direct sunlight
  • Store in temperatures between 5°C and 25°C
How to use Tri-Art Masking Fluid