The Molotow One4All range consists of a group of Acrylic pump-markers, spray paints, and varnishes produced to the highest specification in Germany. All the One4All products are intermixable and incredibly versatile since they can be used on nearly all surfaces including paper, canvas, metal and stone. Because they are low-odour and solvent free they are suitable for fine artists to use in the studio.
The Molotow One4All range enables you to work on the same piece using acrylic markers, spray paints and varnishes. The One4All Markers and spray paints share exact colour matching for 24 colours so they can be combined or layered without disrupting the cohesion of a piece, whether it’s a large scale acrylic painting executed in spray-paint with crisp highlights added with a fine tip marker, or street art that aims at a watercolour effect on a grand scale. The comparatively slow drying time of the One4All Spray Paints means they can be mixed on the surface using a wet-on-wet method or blended with a brush, as they can be diluted with acetone or water. The spray paint dries slightly slower than the markers so you need to wait if you want to layer crisp pen marks over the spray paint, however, this feature is useful if you want to use your markers to blend or mix wet spray paint.
Acrylic painters will find that One4All Markers and Spray Paints fit in well with their existing practice. One4All Spray Paints are great for underpainting, while the Markers are perfect for adding detail to paintings. They give you plenty of control and are useful for creating straight lines, or lines of a consistent width. It is possible to achieve a wide colour range by mixing One4All Acrylic Paint Refills.
The Molotow One4All range is adaptable and is environmentally friendly because all the markers are reusable and both the markers and the spray paints use the smallest amount of solvents possible relying on an acrylic paint which is 85% water. All the paints in the range are UV resistant and permanent. They provide solid, consistent colour due to patented technology which is cleverly engineered to suit each mode of application.
Once you have finished your artwork, One4All Acrylic varnish can be used to increase the durability of a work by providing scratch and UV resistance. As it comes in matt or gloss you can change the finish of the markers from semi-gloss or the spray paints from matt.
The Molotow One4All Acrylic Markers include 50 colours, 4 barrel sizes and a variety of nibs in 6 sizes (between 1mm – 15mm) making up an extremely adaptable and customisable range. They are all permanent, UV-resistant (except the neon fluorescent colours) and non-toxic. While they have a high-level of opacity, allowing them to go over previous layers, the One4All markers can also be diluted using water for translucent effects. You can also use acetone to thicken them and give them permanency on oilier surfaces.
Molotow One4All Markers stand out from other acrylic markers for a few reasons, other than being completely compatible with their companion One4All products. They are all quick drying to a uniform semi-gloss which is consistent because of their active paint flow technology. Before the paint dries you can work into it using a brush soaked in water to create a gradation effect mimicking watercolour. One4All markers are also environmentally friendly since no part of the product is meant to be disposed of: each individual marker can be refilled at least 50 times and the tips can be exchanged or replaced as many times as desired.
Why do One4All Markers have consistent paint flow?
A patented capillary system and a Flowmaster valve are contained within the full range of pump markers. This smart technology means that the pens provide a consistent paint flow to the tip of the nib but don’t become oversaturated after pumping, meaning you can keep your lines crisp and clean throughout. This is particularly important with the wide-tip markers as the spring-loaded Flowmaster valve pushes the paint through and around the capillary network to create an even and wide coverage; that would be extremely difficult to achieve without this technology. The effective capillary system also means the nibs stay damp for longer preventing them drying out and causing annoying blotching at a later date; this means the nibs will keep up with the refillable body of the pens. Lastly, the inbuilt ball bearing inside the pen agitates and distributes the paint evenly when the marker is shaken. When your receive your marker, do not be alarmed if the paint has separated slightly; this is completely normal and all you need to do is give it a little shake for the ball bearing to get into action and recombine the pigment and the small amount of solvent.
What can One4All Markers be used on?
Molotow One4All markers can be used on nearly any porous or non-porous surface. The pens are ideal for detailed work on all types of paper, photographs, cardboard, tracing paper and canvas. Thanks to the range of nibs, they can be used to create a whole piece, large or small, and they are easy to use with mixed media to create depth or to experiment. Molotow One4All markers can also be used more adventurously on non-porous surfaces that some markers struggle on. They adhere well and crisply to stone, tiles, plaster and cement, and as well as this they can be used to create permanent work on glass, ceramics, and pottery. Due to their permanent and water-resistant nature they are also suitable for use on wood, latex, sellotape, plant pots and metal.
Range of sizes:
The One4All range comes in a series of barrel sizes, each of which is described by the numbers and product title on the side of each pen. The barrel size lets you know the volume of paint contained in each pen, as well as which exchangeable nibs the pen will be compatible with. The range from smallest to largest includes:
- the 127 markers, which have a barrel diameter of 12mm
- the 227 markers, which have a barrel diameter of 16mm
- the 327 markers, which have a barrel diameter of 22mm
- the 427 and 627 markers, which both have a diameter of 29mm
The difference between the 427 markers and the 627 titled markers is that the 427 pens are much shorter, at 111.5mm long – ideal for carrying round a large range of colours.
The smallest of the Molotow One4All range is a marker with a 12mm diameter barrel and a 1mm rounded nib. This comes in black and white and can be used for the most precise work and detailed accents, although the limited colour range means that many prefer the slightly larger 1.5mm which comes in 40 colours. For a slightly larger coverage while working on detailed passages there is a 2mm nib range also in the 12mm diameter barrel size and in 50 colours.
The 227 range comes with a 4mm round nib with a normal flow rate and can be used easily for large lettering or medium scale drawings and paintings. Also, available in the 227 range are Twin Markers in 12 colours. These have a pointed 1.5mm tip at one end and a 4mm at the other so that you can transfer between detailed and then broader strokes without a pause.
The 327 range has a 4-8mm chisel tip that is useful to provide a variety of width of line and helpful for drawing calligraphy or creating a ribbon effect.
The 427 and 627 have a flat 15 mm wide tip that is perfect for drawing very thick strokes and covering large areas quickly. Both of these sizes have unusually consistent flow from the complete surface of the tip because of Molotow patented capillary network that prevents the paint being drawn into the felt unevenly.
Range of exchange tips for One4All Markers
The Molotow One4All range is designed to give you as many options as possible. The different series of pens (127, 227 etc.) all have exchangeable nibs. While the different barrel sizes come with a standardised tip, you can easily exchange this for an identical tip or an alternative tip by pulling it out with your fingers and gently inserting a new one. This not only gives your marker pens a longer life (as you can replace dried out tips) but also allows you to swap your tip for one that produces a different line.
This means while normally the 1mm-diameter nib only comes in a pen with black or white ink, you can attach a Molotow Specialtech Exchange tip to any 127 Marker to use that colour with a 1mm nib (be aware this mimics a fine-liner and has a hard plastic cone around the tiny nib). Similarly, the 1mm Extra-Fine Crossover Exchange Tips and 1.5mm Crossover Exchange nibs – both of which are bullet-shaped with a fine point that is surrounded by a plastic layer that won’t draw up the paint – are suitable for any Molotow One4All 127 Markers. They are useful for making the finest and cleanest lines.
The 227 markers have 4mm round exchange tips, available with a normal flow rate and a high-flow rate. The high-flow tips are more porous; the ink is drawn through the felt and onto the surface at a much faster rate. You can also get 2-5mm Calligraphy tips for this series (with a standard-flow rate). These are cone-shaped with a flat tip enabling them to produce lines of two widths. Like the 4-8mm chisel this means they can be used for calligraphy where varying the width of line is incredibly useful.
The 327 standard 4-8mm chisel tip can be exchanged for a high-flow version that allows for more fluid movement as they deliver a large amount of ink quickly, or for a 5mm round tip that allows for a different mark from the same pen, again with a standard-flow rate or high-flow rate.
The 427 and 627 have an exciting range of exchangeable tips including high-flow versions of the 15mm flat broad nib; 20mm T-Style Exchange Tips that give the opportunity for even larger coverage than the original tip; and 20mm Zig-Zag Exchange tips which make it easy to draw a series of four parallel lines. This is very useful for hatching or crosshatching or for decoration.
One4All Acrylic Paint Refills are available for all 50 colours of markers and enable you to reuse the pens at least 50 times. They come in 30ml or 180ml bottles. Identical to the paint within the markers, they are highly opaque, dry to a semi-gloss finish and can be diluted with water or acetone.
The One4All refill bottles are also versatile as objects since they can be used independently from the markers. The 180ml bottle is rectangular and has a side tap at the top from which the paint pours cleanly. The 30ml bottle is shaped similarly to the pens and has a nozzle at the top for quick pouring. This makes it easy to refill markers quickly and cleanly or to use the refill bottles themselves as painting tools, although of course they lack the control of a brush or pen.
Alternatively, you can use the paint from the refill bottles with a brush, sponge, airbrush or knife to vary application or create different marks on an artwork mainly executed in One4All spray paints or markers. The Molotow One4All paint has a thick ink-like consistency that can be easily used in mixed media, staining and calligraphy.
The refill function of the One4All range offers the possibility to premix a marker to the exact colour you want by combining different refill paints and then filling either a used or new empty marker. This is perfect if you hope to use One4All markers to add detail or accents to a piece in normal acrylic paint, when you might need to colour match.
Another use for empty markers and refill bottles is you can pre-dilute the ink with water or acetone so that the paint from the marker is more transparent or thicker throughout the work. You can use the empty refill bottles and empty markers for other acrylic based inks if you want to use alternatives to the One4All range. They will keep your unique mixes from drying out if you plan to mix a large batch and use it over a long period.
How to refill Molotow One4All Acrylic Markers
Before using One4All refill bottles to refill your marker it is essential to shake them as the ink does separate if left for too long.
- First, get the marker you want to refill and the corresponding refill bottle or a bottle filled with your mixture of One4all acrylic-hybrid paints. Cover the surface you’re working on as it’s likely to be messy.
- Remove the outer lid of the pen and pull out the nib using your fingers – it should come out very easily.
- Twist the first internal cap to the left to loosen it. This cap should still be tight as it is spring-loaded. You will need to get a knife to put under its lip in order to prise it out. You should do this slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the cap. Put the first internal cap which features a spring to the side.
- Next there will be a small internal cap which again you should gently prise out with a knife, although this one should come out easier as it is not spring-loaded.
- Be careful at this point as any ink left in the marker will be able to pour out of the marker’s body if you tip it or knock it over. Also, do not lose the ball-bearing contained within the pen as this helps the dispersion of the ink and its consistency.
- We recommend cleaning any caps you remove as well as the ball bearing and internal of the marker as this will prevent the build up of dry ink and give your marker an optimum length of use.
- Once you’ve cleaned the internals (if you’re reusing an old marker) use either the 30ml bottle, where you just insert the nozzle into the marker and then squeeze, or the 180ml, where you use the side tap to pour the ink into the marker. During this process use the clear side view on the marker to measure the amount of ink you’re pouring in and leave room for both the ball bearing and the caps to go on top.
- Now reassemble the marker. First put back in the ball bearing followed by the smaller cap that the spring loaded cap was slotting into. This first cap will push out any excess ink that you added to the marker. Next click in the cap with the spring (spring facing down) that you originally prised out with a knife. Screw this to the right until it’s tight.
- Insert the nib back into the top using your fingers, wipe down the body of the pen, shake it, and pump until fresh ink comes through.
Molotow One4All spray paints are highly opaque and of the finest quality as they are filled with a high-quality acrylic dispersion that prevents clotting inside the can or in the cap, and allows for a wide range of effects. The One4All spray paints come in 24 colours that match the equivalent coloured marker pens. Each can contains 400ml of acrylic paint and can be used to create a large range of stroke widths. They have cap rings that exactly match the paint’s colour so you can easily identify and select which colour you want to use, even if you are in a hurry. Unlike most spray paints they are water dilutable and dry to a smooth matt finish on nearly any surface, indoors or outdoors.
The One4All spray paints can be used safely indoors because water makes up 85% of the total paint volume, with solvents only being used as propellant. For those wanting to minimise their use of solvents or work indoors One4All spray paints are a perfect alternative to more toxic spray paints, though they are still both durable and versatile. The unique make up of the paint also makes One4All spray paints the most ecological on the market as well as being low odour.
Another way Molotow’s One4All spray paints are unique is their slow drying time. While only lasting several minutes, it enables watercolour effects to be achieved and the paint to be worked over with a brush (which can then be easily cleaned with water) or combined with markers to create a blurred effect. Additionally, you can use them to work wet-on-wet with different colours within the range. You can also dilute the paint with water when it’s wet to allow for washes from it or bleeding lines. This means that from 24 colours you can create more variable shades and more complex layers. This is an exciting and unusual design that allows those who are beginners with spray paints to create gradation and subtler work.
One4All Spray Paints Output System and Pressure
The caps and valves of One4All spray paints make them suitable for a range of projects and make them almost completely adaptable to your requirements. Exchangeable caps offer a range of different effects; they include fine, soft, wide and special additions. This means you can limit your stroke width to create a standardised line, whether you desire an incredibly fine line of 0.5cm or a width of 10cm to cover large areas.
The One4All spray paint cans have an inbuilt Vari-Valve valve system which allows for far easier control of pressure and thus a much more variable output then Molotow’s Belton range. It also means that all the One4All spray paints with the standard cap are capable of producing a stroke width between 4 – 200mm. The benefit of this is that One4All spray paint can be used for everything from detailed portraits to painting large murals and quickly filling very large blocks of colour.
Pressure in spray paint cans affects the output of the paint, or rather how quickly the paint comes out and at what force. Most standardised spray paints have one output meaning you’d need several different caps, series or brands for doing detailed or larger work. The Vari-Valve means you can use the One4All Acrylic range at different pressures and outputs. For instance, by lightly touching down on the cap you can produce a low pressure spray that provides light coverage and gives you more control over the flow of paint.
By pushing mid-way down you can achieve a medium pressure which lets you fill areas in with colour or make larger works much quicker. It you wanting to block in sizeable amounts of colour but with a distinct controlled edge, this might be a good pressure to maintain.
By pressing down all the way on the One4All vari-valve you can achieve a high pressure output that allows you to cover very large areas quickly or to build up colour in a concentrated area to create drip effects – perfect for a mural or blocking in the structure of a piece roughly. For those experienced with spray paints you would be able to build up detailed work at a faster rate using this pressure while still retaining control.
What surfaces can you use One4All Spray Paints on?
Molotow’s One4All Spray paints can be used on a variety of semi-porous and non-porous surfaces to which they have excellent adhesion. Partly, this is because of their pigment technology but also because they include a new binder which provides a flexible paint structure that won’t crack or break. The options for surfaces to work on include paper, canvas, wood, metal, fabric, concrete and excitingly polystyrene (as there is not enough solvent in the paint to dissolve it) and scaffolding canvas which most spray paint tends to crumble off after drying. Since One4All is a water based acrylic paint, we would suggest for any work that you want to have longevity outside that you should use One4All Acrylic Spray Varnish on top of it to make it UV resistant, scratch resistant and harder to accidentally remove.
Comparison between Molotow’s Belton Spray Paint and Molotow’s One4All Acrylic Spray Paint
An alternative spray paint range to One4All from Molotow are the Belton Spray Paints which are exceptionally permanent since they are made with quadruple-ground car paint pigments.
If you’re trying to choose between Molotov’s Belton or One4All spray paints it is worth considering a few things. Firstly, Belton cans come in a huge range of colours and are completely weatherproof, UV-resistant and lightfast making them perfect for almost indestructible work outdoors. Street art done with them in Berlin in the 1990s has not faded or degraded noticeably over more than two decades. However, they have a high pressure that is difficult for the less skilled to use and they do give off fumes; you could only use them indoors if your studio was extremely well-ventilated.
Secondly, Belton spray paints are extremely fast-drying; though you can use them to work over previous layers quickly, you can’t mix them on the surface like One4All spray paints. Unlike the One4All range, you can’t blend them or scratch them away with tools to expose colours or the surface underneath. The Belton cans also have a Flowmaster valve so they have an even and consistent pressure without spray dust or drips. By contrast, the One4All spray paint makes use of a Vari-valve system, with which you can achieve a thinner dispersion for a translucent effect. For instance if you wanted to create a translucent layer over a darker opaque undercoat you’d be able to do this with relative ease using One4All spray paints, whereas you couldn’t with a Belton spray paint.
Thirdly, since One4All is acrylic based, the paint from the whole One4All range can be cleaned up easily with water when it’s still wet. Belton paint is made from car pigments and a nitro-alkydal compound; it is far harder to remove.
The Molotow One4All Varnish is an acrylic-polyurethane-based varnish with a moderate drying time, perfect for adding a highly scratch resistant, transparent and even finish to any One4All or acrylic-based piece. Its flat-jet artist spray cap with adjustable spray nozzle is great for achieving fine and even atomization across the surface.
Because it features the Vari-valve found in the One4All spray-paints, you have a high-level of control over the pressure and output while applying the varnish meaning you can cover wide areas quickly and get a consistent thickness and coverage throughout. It is great for using indoors or outdoors as the low odor and lack of solvents make it safe to use. However, it has the advantages that it increases UV blocking to up to 25% and is resistant to petrol and cleaning fluids allowing for works to be thoroughly cleaned without damage to the original work or for work in high traffic areas to retain their original colours and structure.
It comes in matt and gloss so that you can choose how you want your artwork to look. It is an invaluable addition for works in mixed-media or on a variety of grounds that may absorb and lessen the semi-gloss effect of the markers. If you’re combining the Molotow One4All paint with other paints or mediums, it can even out any inconsistent patches where a work might show as matt or gloss, and give a professional, cohesive look. Equally, you could use combination of matt and gloss spray varnish thanks to the accuracy of its application to highlight or deaden different areas of your work. Finally, it has the same anti crack formation technology as the One4All spray paints making it suitable for a much wider and variable amount of surfaces and pieces than a typical acrylic spray varnish. It can be used on everything from paper, photographs, cardboard, tracing paper, and canvas to stone, tiles, plaster and cement as well as glass, ceramics, fabric, wood, latex, and metal.
For more information about Molotow Markers, please see our Molotow Marker Comparison article.
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