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Hey guys. I've taken advice from the painters around here and constructed my very own wet pallet. It consists of:
The pallet itself works great and keeps paint for about a week if I put the lid on. The only problem I have is the paint itself takes too much water on after a while and becomes too runny for some work (it's still good for detail work and basecoats, but for the first couple of highlights its horrible). I was wondering if anyone out there has run into a similar problem, and if they have discovered a way to fix it?
Oooh... o_o *shudders* You just reminded me that I have a wet pallet under my bed in a ziploc that is in -dire- need of a cleaning.
I've encountered problems myself with wet pallets...They always have such a terrible moldy smell to them, even after the water has been rinsed out. Well, not always but it may just be me...I have a sensitive nose
I do however think that your problem is just that there's too much water in the sponge. If it's too wet it'll weep into your paint AND get that funky mold smell often. If it's too dry...well..That defeats the purpose of a wet pallet
Admittedly that's the only thing I can think of, aside from a teeny toothpick sized ventilation hole to allow a little bit of moisture to escape (so that it doesn't all end up in the paint)
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Well, admitadly I haven't had a problem with mouldy smelling pallets, but I change the water freqiently (or frequently enough I guess). Truthfully this isn't a huge problem, I was just wondering if anyone had a way to deal with this as it would take one step out of my currnet painting process.
I also think it might be too much water in the sponge. I believe the general rule is to make sure the sponge is wet, but not soaking. Too much water being passed from the sponge, through the paper to the 'surface' could be the cause of this watery problem. Otherwise, it might be that you're adding too much water when mixing? I am unsure, though I'd say the former is more likely.
Too much water sounds like one issue(as mentioned), consider using parchment paper insteadof waxed paper as well. I've heard of people using cooking parchment to make the barrier on the sponge to good effect.
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I use baking paper, and that works like a charm.
If your paint ends up too thin (as in, won't cover properly), simply add a little more paint to the mixture.
Alternatively, your paint may be seperating on the pallette (which would be odd), try swirling it together a bit with an old brush before you paint...
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