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    Lead Alkyd Ground

Lead Alkyd Ground


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Quick Overview

Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground is a blend of white pigments and alkyd for a semi-absorbent ground ideal for oil painting. It is formulated for coating non-absorbent supports, such as ACM, and absorbent rigid supports, such as hardboard.

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Lead Alkyd Ground 8 fl oz
Lead Alkyd Ground 16 fl oz
Lead Alkyd Ground 32 fl oz


CAUTION! This product contains lead and petroleum distillates. Read the Safety Data Sheet for more information.

Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground is a blend of white pigments and alkyd for a semi-absorbent ground ideal for oil painting. It is formulated for coating non-absorbent supports, such as ACM, and absorbent rigid supports, such as hardboard. Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground dries within eight hours.

Rublev Colours Lead Alkyd Ground has a high concentration of pigments so usually only two coats are necessary, but more coats create a smoother, less absorbent surface. Apply directly onto panels sized with acrylic dispersions, polyvinyl acetate (PVA) or Conservar Isolating/Finishing Varnish. Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground is an excellent foundation for oil and alkyd paints.

The important characteristics that grounds should have are (1) adhesion, 2) flexibility, 3) penetration control, 4) a type of surface to which upper layers can adhere well, 5) blister and crack resistance, and 6) good application properties. Careful selection of ingredients in an oil ground is essential to impart these qualities to the ground. Ground natural calcite (calcium carbonate) in combination with lead white (basic lead carbonate) and a maximum chalk resistant grade of rutile titanium dioxide have proven to be an excellent choice of pigments in such grounds.


We make Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground using all three white pigments; calcite, lead white and titanium white in just the right proportions to make a film that remains flexible, tough and has some degree of absorbency.

The dry ground calcite we use in Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground has a closely controlled particle size distribution. This grade of calcite is designed to provide the lowest possible oil absorption. It offers the desired penetration control with maximum chalk resistance. Calcite aids in forming the type of surface on grounds to which upper layers will adhere easily.

Lead white, and to a lesser degree, ground calcite, have low water absorption properties and hence develop better blister and crack resistance. Furthermore, lead white contributes to more film flexibility.

The presence of titanium white increases the opacity of this ground and provides a brilliant white surface. We have selected a grade of titanium white that exhibits good hiding and excellent dispersion properties.

Does Not Contain Zinc Oxide

Many manufacturers use zinc white (zinc oxide) to get a brighter white in their grounds and paint. Zinc oxide is not recommended in oil grounds, since it tends to cause blistering and cracking in oil paint and grounds—we have not used any zinc in this product.


After many trials, we have carefully chosen a specific alkyd such that there is a limited penetration of oil into the panel to assure good adhesion to this substrate and yet maintain sufficient holdout to establish a good foundation for the upper layers. This alkyd also provides the best possible leveling properties, so brush and knife marks are minimized.

As part of the vehicle, Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground contains mineral spirits to provide the right fluid consistency and to hasten drying.


A blend of cobalt, zirconium and calcium driers have been added in precise amounts to ensure rapid drying of the primer once it is applied.


Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground contains an anti-skinning agent to prevent skinning and drying in the can during storage. If kept tightly closed the contents can be expected to last for indefinitely, but we recommend purchasing only an amount that can be used within one year.


STIR WELL BEFORE USING. Using a bristle brush, brush the first coat of Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground evenly across the canvas or panel. Remove any excess and smooth the surface with a brush or palette knife. Let it dry completely—hard dry. Apply at least one more coat by repeating the process. Allow the canvas or panel to dry thoroughly before painting.

If necessary, Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground can be thinned with mineral spirits, odorless mineral spirits (OMS) or turpentine. For best results, do not over dilute.

Health and Safety

WARNING! CONTAINS LEAD AND PETROLEUM DISTILLATES. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Avoid ingestion and skin contact. Wear protective clothing and gloves to prevent contact with skin. Avoid inhaling fumes of mineral spirits. Use with adequate ventilation. 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.

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

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