White Paint - Which one to choose?

The basic types of white oil paint are the following.

Titanium White
This is the most opaque and whitest white. Widely used.

Flake White
Traditionally this white was made using lead flakes. Some manufacturers include zinc. It has nice flexibility and faster drying.

Zinc White
Not as opaque which is good for glazing. The consistency is quite stiff.

Depending on the manufacture, types of white paint can differ slightly.
There are mixes of white paints available that give you in-between qualities. Other paints maybe mixed with mica for a opalescent look. It is best to read the manufacturer’s descriptions and experiment.

I have included a few details of my paintings where white was used a great deal. I use a titanium white that has some zinc in it.

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