Easy Flow

Water-based paint conditioner to eliminate brush and roller marks

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

At A Glance...

  • Use in all water-based paints
  • Improves the flow and maintains the wet edge – paint without effort
  • Improves the finish – maintains the inherent quality and characteristics of the paint
  • Suitable for interior and exterior use
  • Great for acrylic paint pouring
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Easy Flow is a water-based paint conditioner which makes interior and exterior emulsion and acrylic paints including colored wood stains work more like oil-based paints. It helps to improve paint flow and work-ability and allows the paint to adjust to more difficult conditions such as hot, cold and windy environments. Arguably most importantly, it helps to eliminate brush and roller marks by improving the flow of the paint giving a much more professional finish and helping you to make progress more quickly. Unlike damaging paint thinners or water, Easy Flow does all this without affecting the inherent qualities of the paint and without affecting its color. When used in a paint sprayer, Easy Flow allows up to 20% reduction in pressure without affecting the spray pattern or performance and helps to prevent clogging and wear and tear on tips.

Easy Flow can also be used as a medium for acrylic paint pouring art. Easy Flow’s composition helps to create the highly sought after strong, well-formed cells most artists are looking for. We have blog posts regarding this which can be found here and here.

Ideal Uses for Easy Flow

  • Exterior painting in hot, cold or windy weather
  • Using a paint spray gun – Easy Flow helps to extend it’s life by reducing wear and tear
  • Helping paint to flow with no brush and roller marks
  • Using as a medium in paint pouring to create cells
  • Reducing roller pressure and preventing paint build up at the ends of the roller
  • Providing a spray-like finish when rolling

Restrictions

Easy Flow is milky white in color and as such cannot be used in clear varnishes. Do not add Easy Flow to oil or alkyd based paints including glycerophtalic paint, for these paints use Owatrol Oil to achieve the same results.

Surface Preparation

Prepare surface as per instructions on your paint/finish can. As part of this please ensure that you have removed all loose and flaking material. You should also treat any organic growth (mold etc.) with a fungicidal solution or a mix of 1 part water to 1 part chlorine bleach (allow the bleach solution to sit for 15 minutes), rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.

Application

Stir your paint thoroughly and begin to apply in the normal manner. If paint the pulls, sets too fast, does not level or flow properly, add Easy Flow until the paint spreads smoothly, easily and provides sufficient ‘wet-edge’. Allow the brush, roller or sprayer to be your guide. To add Easy Flow first shake the container well. Then add the Easy Flow following the guidelines below and stir the mixture thoroughly. Now apply your paint and Easy Flow mixture to your surface in the normal manner.

Using Easy Flow with a Brush or Roller

Add approximately 7-10% per liter of paint. If the paint is thick, or in extreme temperatures, more Easy Flow may gradually be added, up to 15% per liter.

Using Easy Flow with an HVLP & Cup Gun sprayer

Add 5-10% per liter of paint. The amount depends on the consistency and flow properties of the paint. If the paint seems to thicken, add a tablespoon of water per liter of paint to thin it.

Using Easy Flow with an Airless sprayer

Add up to 10% per liter of paint.

Using Easy Flow for Faux finishing

Add 20-25% per liter of paint. Do not add too much conditioner for vertical surfaces as the technique may sag or vanish.

Clean Up

Clean all tools and equipment with soap and water.

Things to Remember

  • Cover everything you do not wish to paint
  • Always mix a small amount with Easy Flow first to test compatibility
  • the amount of Easy Flow added will not change the color of matte or semi-gloss emulsion or acrylic paints. Easy Flow may reduce the sheen in gloss paints.
  • Do not use in clear varnishes
  • Do not use Easy Flow in oil-based paints – instead use Owatrol Oil for the same effects
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6 reviews for Easy Flow

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cari Watrous Verified Owner

    I use a mix of Owatrol Easy Flow and Liquitex pouring medium in creating pour paintings. I mix the two to help remove the air bubbles I get with Liquitex and Owatrol is the absolute best of the pouring mediums I’ve tried that weren’t designed to be pouring mediums – Floetrol, Kim and a few others I’ve tried along the way. It’s thick, flows well and in the mix helps create a variety of cell sizes.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Justin Brinegar

    Out of all the pouring mediums I have tried, Owatrol’s Easy Flow is by far the best. Easy Flow allows for consistently high-quality cells. Paintings tend to dry true: they look the same when dried as when they are freshly poured. Easy Flow is lightweight and I’ve never had cracking or crazing, no matter what I am painting.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elena Verified Owner

    This is the absolute best medium for acrylic pouring. You get the most incredible cells (just add a touch of silicone), and it prevents colours from muddying when poured in the same cup. The paint with Easy Flow mixed in also never crazes as it dries. I am obsessed with this stuff now, and only wish the shipping to Canada was slightly cheaper. 😉 That being said, it is still a way better deal than anything else on Amazon. Thank you for making the new 2.5 L size! Love this stuff.

    Here is some of my work made with this product: https://www.instagram.com/abstract.acrylics/

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick From Amazon

    Good product, arrived on time and in perfect condition. It was thicker then expected but worked well with pour painting, I just needed to thin it more with water.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caren Goodrich

    I have a new favorite pouring medium, it is Owatrol Easy Flow!

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    Lorena

    I have a question, does it work like your other product “Owatrol: Floetrol”? What’s the difference?

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team

      Hi Lorena,

      Thank you for your query regarding Easy Flow.
      Owatrol Floetrol is the UK name for Owatrol Easy Flow. It is the same product with the same ingredients, just with a different name.

      I hope this was helpful.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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Coverage:Coverage will vary
Tools:Brush, Roller, Airless, HVLP or Cup Gun Sprayer
Suitable for:Exterior & Interior use
Clean up:Soap & water
Drying Time:As per paint manufacturer’s instructions
Additive for:Water-based coatings – Emulsion, Acrylic, Vinyls
Suitable Coatings:Paint, woodstains, varnishes (not clear)