How to Make a Graphite Paste

Graphite is the same material used in pencils.
Graphite is the same material used in pencils. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Graphite paste can be used as a lubricant or as a glaze in painting. A paste made from graphite powder has long been the lubricant of choice for many piano repair shops, and it can be used on other items as well. As a glaze, graphite paste is thinned with acrylic painting medium and applied as a wash. It is used with watercolors, acrylic painting and graphite drawing. The recipes are slightly different for glazes and lubricants, but both can be easily made at home with with a few ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass bowl
  • Acrylic medium
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Graphite powder
  • Stir stick
  • Air tight container

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Mix one part acrylic medium with equal parts denatured alcohol. Skip this step if you are using the paste for lubrication.

Mix one part denatured alcohol or the denatured alcohol and acrylic medium mixture with two parts graphite powder.

Use a stick to stir the paste until all powdered clumps are dissolved.

Store the liquid graphite paste in an airtight container, and stir before each use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store carefully. The lubricant is flammable.


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