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Easy Flow

Water-based paint conditioner to eliminate brush and roller marks

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  • 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

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 workability 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.

Ideal Uses for Easy Flow

  • Using as a medium in paint pouring art
  • Exterior painting in hot, cold or windy weather
  • When having problems with brush marks when painting
  • Using a paint spray gun – Easy Flow helps to extend its life by reducing wear and tear
  • Reducing roller pressure and preventing paint build up at the ends of the roller
  • Providing a spray-like finish when rolling

The effects of using Easy Flow in your paint


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.

Application tools

  • Roller
  • Brush
  • Airless, HVLP or Cup Gun Sprayer

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.


  • 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

47 reviews for Easy Flow

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    Luv the arts

    This product really helps to develop cells in an acrylic paint pouring project when combined with other ingredients that artists often use.

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    Tracy Stipp

    I love this as a paint pouring medium. Is easy to use, dries nicely, no lumps.

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    Tim E

    Really a good product for adding to paint to stop that paintbrush affect particularly with emulsion.

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    E Wright

    Works well with my paints, easy to apply

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    Mary Ann Moss Reno

    Great item – quick delivery

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    Beth Waltz

    Good quality – works well

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    Nancy McKinnon Verified Owner

    I also use this product for the acrylic pouring medium. Most of my pours come out really nice and the paint lines are well defined. I have noticed this last order had quite a few stringy lumps in the Owatrol. I guess straining is necessary, even though it is shaken very well before using.

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    Elena Verified Owner

    I absolutely love this stuff. I do acrylic pour painting and it is the ONLY medium I will use. The price point is reasonable (of course, I wish it were cheaper, but it’s still affordable!), and the results are just amazing. The only drawback is that in some of the bottles I’ve ordered, the Owatrol is sort of clumpy, with a bit of a skin-like substance inside it that no amount of shaking gets rid of. It only happens in random bottles (and I order a lot of it). But aside from that, I would wholeheartedly recommend this product!

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    Larry G. Coleman

    I use this to thin my acrylic paints for doing pour painting. Works great.

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    Chasity Garn

    Expensive but great product. requires lots of shaking… and I used a stocking to prevent clots from ruining my paint

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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)