Aluminum stearate has been used to help suspend pigments in oil to prevent separation, to reduce the amount of oil needed to wet the pigment, and/or to increase the body of the paint by forming a gel with the oil thereby requiring less pigment. Unlike calcium and zinc stearates that are available as 100% pure salts, the aluminum stearate as used in commerce is a non-stoichiometric compound. Alumunium Stearate.
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