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This question is directed towards people who have good experience with Milliput putty, particularly the Superfine White grade. After having a pretty fun and successful time with Green Stuff, I thought I'd try to branch out and try some other epoxy putties. So I bought a box of Superfine White at the hobby store... I tried it and have a few concerns about it though.
1) The "Sticky" half: The stickiness seems to have "leaked" through the bag it was sealed in; as I unrolled the bag, I noticed that the outside of the bag was really sticky, just like the putty inside; it was to the point that unrolling the bag was somewhat difficult. Is that normal??
2) The Hardening half: It's too hard! It was REALLY tough to work together with the "Sticky" component, at least compared to green stuff. It felt really clumpy but with a lot of work, the mix finally seemed to gain consistency. HOWEVER, the mixed putty was pretty hard to work with. Felt like green stuff does after about a half hour to an hour of setting. Is that Milliput, or does that sound fishy?
3) The White Hands!: Good God, this is almost enough to make me not want to use Milliput at all. It was so messy, especially since I use a lot of water when using epoxy putties, to prevent them from sticking to my hands and tools. I usually just dip my fingers in a cup of water, let the water run over my hands, and then work the putty together. In this case, the water made the white run all over my hands (and clothes - good thing I was wearing stuff I didn't care about), and it took quite a bit of work to get out, especially from under my fingernails.
Are any/all of these behaviors just typical of Milliput, or should I return my box to the hobby store and tell them it was a bad batch? Am I better off exchanging for another grade, like the standard Yellow-Grey?
Oh, look at that, I pushed the wrong button, well the thanks shall be an Xmas prezzie then.
1 I have used it before and that the bag is sticky is not unusual. Mine has always been sticky and icky like that.
2 Superfine white is rather odd. It is harder to work with than most putty. It will be hard like that you just have to be aggressive with it. I chop mine up just before I mix the amounts I have selected from the two halves. Hacked into pieces and mixed up first you will find that you can blend the two halves far more easily. The reason it was hard to work with is that milliput comes in two basic types. The normal type (standard yellow-grey) is cheaper and best used for stuff that will use alot of putty because it's lower cost makes it easier to waste.
The superfine type works best when dry. You make it into the shape you want or as close to it as you can get and then you let it dry. Once dry you sculpt it. Superfine needs to be worked by sharp tools because it will be hard when it is best used. It reacts with water when hardened (for some reason) and is very good but it is difficult to use. Often green stuff or the standard milliput will be more useful. Though I have to say there are certain tasks only superfine is really good at.
3 Yes, white hands all dirty, dirt... won't... wash... off! That stuff it leaves all over you is annoying. Just be careful with it so it doesn't get everywhere and use plenty of warm soapy water. Don't lick it either, it tastes gross and is really hard to get it out of your mouth also it may give you a sore stomach.
why are you licking it i cant ever say ive had the urge to do that fairy liquid and warm water gets it off and were csi gloves if u dont like it , i think its a hell of a lot better than green stuff but thats my opinion which has been known to be wrong i find for doing straight line work its better dry but if your doing crazy curvy stuff tis better wet
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