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Previously, I have always used my paints straight out of the pot (I know, I know) but since I've started picking up the odd Vallejo/Reaper pots, and as I start to build up my skill base, I've started using a pallette for painting and thinning and whatnot.
I'm using a plastic CD case atm, and my poor old copy of The Hazards Of Love by The Decemberists is missing its protective cover. My question is as follows though:
How do you guys clean your palettes after use? And also, what do you use to clean them? I keep some of that Carex hand gel at my desk for when I'm handling my mini's and that works well, but it could prove expensive if I continue to use that.
Any tips would be appreciated, cheers guys
I use a well type pallet. Plastic Pallet with a bunch of diveted paint wells. Then when I am done, I use hot water and my finger nail.. The paint comes off remarkably easy if it has dried to a pliable consistancy. Even if it dries to a crust, it will still clean well. It only gets messy if the paint is still wet.
But hey, I have at least 6 other paint wells to use, so why does it matter if I let that one dry now that the little bit of color used is done.
I use a piece of cardboard (I have two actually), needs no maintenance at all... It is disposable, but I've kept mine for many years and now they look like some piece of abstract art :-)
Currently painting the Waaagh! of Warboss Borboss - Goff and Evil Sunz warband
Ha! One of those great questions that no one really thinks about... I have an 8 well plastic paint tray. I got it in a craft store for about $1. It is only about 3" x 8", so it does not take up much room. With 8 wells I have plenty to keep colors separate and don't really find the need to clean it out very often - I just put similar color right on top of the old, dried up color!
And, that it seems is where the funniest part comes in - by being lazy and not cleaning it out very often the thick dried paint just pops right out when it is time to clean - unbelievably easy. When I try to clean out after minimal use with a really thin layer of paint it seems to take scrubbing, scratching and much more work. However, the best results will probably always be had by rinsing it out while the paint is still wet - but, who has time for that every time??
Thanks for the tips gents, some good "outside the box" ideas that I hadn't even considered! Rep for you all.
Pop into your local "wilkinsons" or "pound shop" - discount store in the US??? - and buy a very cheap small picture frame, I'm thinking maybe A6 sized - or standard photo size. take the back off've it. Spray the back BLACK, leave it to dry and put in back into the frame (under the glass). Now you have a palette with a frame, so you won't spill off've the side of it.
When it comes to cleaning it, open the back, "pop" the glass sheet out and hold it under a warm running tap, scratch the paint of with a finger nail or use a cocktail stick (once it flakes and the water gets underneath it'll peel right off). Let it dry and put in back into the frame. E-Z-Peazy.
(TWO THINGS - 1. A glass photo frame will clean easy as it's robust enough to do under a hot tap and the paint does not adhere too well to prevent cleaning, and 2. if you drop it it won't chip or break easily if you KEEP THE FRAME AROUND IT!!).
If you soak a GW pallet in hot water overnight the paint just flakes off. Putting it in the dishwasher is good too.
Personally I never wash the thing.
Quorn! - Protein for the Protein God.
Yea those Games Workshop Palettes are insanely expensive for what they are. Theres an arts and crafts shop that sell palettes that are rougly 4 times the size for 70p each.