Underpainting Lead White Alkyd Paint

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Underpainting Lead White (also known as flake white or Cremnitz white) is a mixed white with lead white, titanium white, and chalk ground in oil-alkyd to make a brilliant, opaque white that is smooth, dries very quickly to a matte surface.


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Underpainting Lead White (also known as flake white or Cremnitz white). This is the ideal white for underpainting because it dries within an hour or two. Mix with any oil color and apply as your underpainting to dry quickly to a matte surface. This is the best surface for overpainting because the matte provides subsequent layers with ample texture for excellent adhesion. Dries to a matte finish. Underpainting Lead White does not contain driers and contains mineral spirits.

Not all painters use underpainting, and it seems that those who do want it to dry fast so they can begin coloring in the overpainting. Natural Pigments has a simple solution that does not require buying a whole new set of colors just for the underpainting. Introducing two new products: Underpainting Lead White and Transparent Base. With either or both products, you can use your standard oil colors and have them dry unthinkingly fast—usually within an hour or so. Add the Underpainting Lead White or Transparent Base—from one-third to one-half—to your oil color, and your underpainting dries quickly to a matte sheen. Add less for slower drying.

The image of the test panel shows the effects of Oleoresgel, Lead White #1, Underpainting Lead White, and Underpainting Transparent Base in mixtures with four oil colors: Maya Blue, Ultramarine Blue (Green Shade), Ercolano Red, and Italian Green Umber.

Note: We recommend using Underpainting Lead White in the underlayers of a painting or as the white in alla prima (direct) painting. Do not apply Underpainting Lead White over slower-drying oil paint, as this may lead to cracking or wrinkling of the layer.

Composition and Permanence

Underpainting Lead White
Color:Mixed White
Additive(s):Pigment dispersant
Pigment Information
Pigment 1:Lead White
Pigment Classification:Synthetic inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment White 1 (77597)
Chemical Name:Basic lead carbonate or lead(II) carbonate basic
Chemical Formula:2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2
CAS No.1319-46-6
Pigment 2:Titanium White
Pigment Classification:Synthetic inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment White 6 (77891)
Chemical Name:Titanium dioxide (Rutile)
Chemical Formula:TiO2
CAS No.13463-67-7
EINECS No.236-675-5
Tinting Strength:Medium
Drying Rate:Very Fast
ASTM Lightfastness:I
Permanence:A - Permanent
Safety Information:DANGER! CONTAINS LEAD AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID AND VAPOR. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Avoid ingestion and skin contact. Avoid inhaling fumes, vapor, or mist. Use with adequate ventilation. Wear protective clothing and gloves to prevent contact with the skin. Never use near children or pets. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.

Must be used exclusively as material for the purposes of arts, crafts or hobbies, not for use by children. Utiliser uniquement aux fins suivantes comme matériaux pour les besoins d'art, d'artisanat ou passe-temps, pas pour une utilisation par les enfants.

Always protect yourself against the chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhaling spraying mists, sanding dust, and vapors from heating.


For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.


All images of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, the results may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.

Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card to examine color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the full-color strength (mass tone) on the left and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with bone black on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.

More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Pigment TypeInorganic, Synthetic

California Proposition 65: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Hazard Pictograms

Exclamation MarkHealth HazardEnvironment
GHS07: Exclamation MarkGHS08: Health HazardGHS09: Environment

Signal Word: Danger

Hazard Designation

H302 Harmful if swallowed.

H332 Harmful if inhaled.

H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child.

H373 May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.

Safety Designation

P260 Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.

P261 Avoid breathing dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapors/ spray.

P280 Wear protective gloves/ clothing/ eye/ face protection.

P281 Use personal protective equipment as required.

P405 Store locked up.

P501 Dispose of contents/ container according to regional, national and international regulations.

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