So I have to take a flight home and I am taking my oils with me. I know they can pass through customs but my question is will my Copper Gold Leaf Paint be allowed through. Now I forget the brand name because the label came off but its basically just paint with suspended copper particles (not glitter or something like that). I believe it has xylene in it though. And it had a warning on it about flammability. Soo.... its out the question right?
Probably depends largely on the TSA agent you get, but they tend to not be too hot on flammable materials. Just be sure to call them "artist's oil colors" or something. I believe I've heard that calling them just "oil paints" is a no-no, but someone's free to correct me. Never tried it myself.
You can take them, I do it all the time.
However, I get harassed every single time, and told I can not take them.
Which is why I print out the TSA guidline that specifically states that I CAN.
It requires that anything flammable meet a minimum flash point requirement, which most oils do.
(I actually like letting them make a big stink about it first so that for once I can give them a hard time while I prove them wrong)
You need to bring 2 things:
1. The TSA article that covers flammable objects.
2. The safety guidelines of your paint, expressly detailing the flashpoint.
A little bit of googling will turn up everything pretty quick.
Lastly, Turpentine is a definite no-go.
And the paint is still restricted by the liquids rule, meaning they all need to be under a certain total weight.
- Dan Dos Santos
The main thing isn't the oil paints though. I was pretty sure that was okay. I am worried about the Copper Gold Leaf paint. You know what I mean? I mean its not standard paint, I just picked it up from some craft closet, but it is oil based I believe. But it has xylene in it which is super flammable solvent. So before I put it aside, I just wanted to double check.
Also not to add additional annoyance but I am looking for the TSA information and I can't find the sheet to print out. Would you happen to have a link or maybe some keywords I could use to find it? Sorry to bother, but I can't seem to find it.
Last edited by TheDonQuixotic; December 10th, 2010 at 03:00 AM.
Dan speaks wisely. I brought about 40 tubes of oil paint back from the IMC in Amherst to the UK. I put them all in three plastic containers in my luggage, not my hand luggage. On the boxes I wrote 'artist's colours' not mentioning oil at all. The word 'oil' I was told can make them jumpy. When I got back to England my luggage had been looked in but nothing disturbed and everything was there and in perfect condition. Solvents are a different matter though, I'd buy fresh when you get where you're going. I am however not an authority on US restrictions, this is just my experience as someone flying internationally.
Thanks. So I am still looking for the page to print out. Is this the right one? http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm