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Black 3.0 is the latest version of Stuart Semple’s super matte, ultra black acrylic paint.
It was created with the help of over 1000 different artists who beta-tested the paint. Thanks to the amazing support of the artistic community via Kickstarter we managed to fund the manufacture of this incredible paint (it was just too much for our little studio).
HOW TO USE BLACK 3.0
It’s simply a paint, so it’s super easy. You literally just brush it on. It will handle a bit different than your other paints, but you’ll get used to it
- Use a nice soft brush (not a rubbish scratchy comblike one)
- Apply at room temperature 10 - 25 c ( 50 - 77 F)
- Use as little paint as possible and spread it out nicely
- Allow to dry between coats (at least two hours, overnight is better)
- Use a hairdryer to get max blackness
- Seal absorbent (porous) things with 25% PVA and 75% Water
- Prime shiny (non-absorbent) things with primer or Black 2.0
WHY SHOULD YOU USE BLACK 3.0?
Black 3.0 is the blackest and mattest acrylic paint on the planet. Unlike other super-black coatings it can be safely applied with nothing more than a brush, and we’ve worked super hard to make it affordable.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
We created a new acrylic resin that holds more pigment than other acrylics which means 3.0 is capable of trapping much more light.
We developed a pigment (Black Magick) that is totally matte (normally black pigments are slightly shiny)
We have added a variety of brand new transparent mattifiers to flatten out stray light.
- Absorbs up to 99% of visible light
- Apply with a brush or a spray
- Works with most surfaces (wood, paper, canvas, plastic, metal, plaster etc…)
- Thins with water
- Lightfast and archival
- No need for cooking, vacuum chambers, or weapons-grade scientists
- Smells like fresh coffee
- Not available to Kapoor
More than 100,000 artists have been using it to create amazing art - here's some of our favourites]
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Can it be used with an airbrush?
Yes, it can be thinned with up to 40% of water for airbrushing. However, you would need to experiment and see what nozzle and ratio work better for you.
Can you paint your nails with it?
Yes, you can. However, since we do not recommend covering it with any varnishes it will scratch off easily, sadly.
How should I prepare a porous/non-porous surface before applying this paint?
We suggest sealing porous surfaces with a mixture of PVA (25%) and water (75%) and letting it dry overnight. Then you can apply Black 3.0 over it. We also suggest using a primer for non-porous surfaces. Black 2.0 is the best primer for Black 3.0. Check out Stuart's video onhow to use Black 3.0 here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahmvT2dXhiE&t=16s&ab_channel=StuartSemple
Can it be thinned?
Yes, you can thin it with up to 40% of water.
Can it be used on fabrics?
No, sadly, it will just crack on fabric and will get soaked in. The fabric medium will damage it and you won't be able to wash it as it is an acrylic paint. Check out Stuart's Raven, it is not as black and is not matte, however, it can be used on leather and can be protected with a clear varnish.
Can it be used for pouring art?
Black 3.0 will work in a pour, but it will become glossy if mixed with any kind of medium, so you will lose the black hole effect.
Can it be used on expensive shoes?
We wouldn't suggest doing it as it is not waterproof and cannot be protected with a clear varnish. It will crack.
Will it tarnish?
No, it will be fine.
My Black 3.0 looks grey… HELP!
Oh no… we’re so sorry to hear that :( Stuart has this really helpful video that shows the best ways to use Black 3.0 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahmvT2dXhiE&t=16s Hopefully this will give youa sense of how to get the most out of it. If that doesn’t help, let us know what you are hoping to make and we can try our best to support you with your art!
Is this Vantablack?
Nope, this is the world's blackest PAINT — the one Anish uses is a lab process, not a paint — he's banned from using all the materials Stuart created including this Black 3.0
Can it be used on a vehicle?
No, sadly, Black 3.0 is fragile for a vehicle and there is no clear varnish as matte as this paint at the moment.
Can it be used outdoors?
No,sadly this paint is not waterproof and will get damaged outdoors and near water.
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