3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Good, but ...
I bought a couple of these panels to see how they measure up to Gessobord. I can say that they hold up nicely in some ways and fail in others. They stay straight and flat like Gessobord, so that is good. However, ignore what the label says about being good for oil painting. They are not without some prep first. These panels have a smooth-as-glass finish and the oil paint just slide around on it. Don't even think about using bristle brushes on these, because the while of the panel will show through in the brush marks. Unless of course, that's the look you're going for. The first painting I did on an 8x10" came out really thin and almost transparent, even in the black areas. For the second panel, a 9x12", I decided to try something different and laid down a thin tone coat using acrylic paint and let it dry for about an hour. I am now about halfway finished with this oil painting and the paint is going on much nicer. So, I can only recommend these to oil painters if you take the time to do a tone layer or even add a coat of gesso to get some tooth. If you're the kind of painter that wants to rip the plastic off the panel and start slapping paint on it, I don't think you'll be happy. So I give these a 4/5 stars based on stability and value compared to the Gessobords.
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