What is Chintex?
Chintex is a solvent based low temperature heat curing acrylic coating originally manufactured for the reglazing of repairs to antique pottery, porcelain and enamels.
Do I need a Kiln to use Chintex?
No you do not need a kiln. Chintex hardens at a relatively low temperature of 95 degrees this is well within the limits of a ordinary domestic oven.
Who uses Chintex?
Chintex is widely used by artists for decorating ceramics where kiln temperatures are not possible. Chintex is the preferred glazing medium amongst many china and ceramic restorers as it is a easy to use and a very reliable glazing medium.
Where is it made?
Chintex Glaze was originally manufactured by Chintex of Wraxhall Bristol from 1966 until the late 1990's. We purchased the Chintex Brand in 2001 and continued production in the UK still using the original 1966 formula.
Is Chintex safe to use?
Many porcelain repair glazes such as Sylmasta Cold Glaze, Tor Life or Rustins Ceramic Glaze require the addition of a hardener to cure, it is these hardeners which can be harmful or even toxic. Because Chintex does not have the harmful ingredients found in many 2 part glazes it is possibly one of the safest reliable restoration glazes available.
Does Chintex change colour over time?
Chintex is completely colourless and does not change colour over time, it is manufactured from the best quality non-yellowing resins.
Can I use Chintex straight from the tin?
When purchased Chintex will be the consistency of thin honey, a thinner is needed to bring it to a consistency where it can be sprayed with an airbrush. It is important for good results and a long lasting finish that only the Chintex thinner is used. Chintex Thinner is a blend of solvents which will give the correct evaporation rate to ensure a good spray, prevent bubbling or cratering of the glaze and to ensure the glaze will reach its maximum hardness.
Can I colour Chintex?
Both the Clear and coloured Chintex can be coloured to match any ceramic body or decoration using Chintex tints. These are highly concentrated liquid colours. Many porcelain restorers find using artists quality oil colours are a convenient way to colour Chintex. Oil colours can be used, however it is important to try and remove most of the oil from the colour prior to use. This can be achieved by putting the oil colour onto an absorbent surface such as blotting paper to try and draw out at least some of the oil.