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Offline NARSES2

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A tip for water soluble putties etc
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:24:01 am »
During our recent hot weather using some putties was a pain in the backside as they would dry almost as soon as you squeezed the tube, yes I'm talking about you PPP.

This also had the effect of making them difficult to even get out of the tube, all my putties had this problem.

Anyway I use an old scalpel to apply my putties and I found that by dipping the blade in water and then shaking it, to get most of the water off it, the PPP behaved far, far better. It even prevented the putty from hardening in the tube. I've continued to do this even though our weather has returned to normal temperatures and it is far easier to apply and smooth out etc.

The trick can be used with Greenstuff and other putties that can be smoothed using various solvents as well. Using the solvent instead of water obviously.
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Re: A tip for water soluble putties etc
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 04:37:53 am »
Hmmm, that is an excellent tip.
Thank you Chris.  I'll try it.  Maybe with hot water this time of year... ;D
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Re: A tip for water soluble putties etc
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 06:15:41 am »
Not to hot or Lord knows what will happen  :angel:
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Re: A tip for water soluble putties etc
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2018, 06:24:26 am »
Dipping the spatula/scalpel in water also works with 2-part epoxy putties like MagicSculp and Milliput.

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Re: A tip for water soluble putties etc
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2018, 02:36:59 am »
Aves Apoxy Sculpt is a water-based 2-part putty & water is the medium for smoothing it out - can get an almost glass-like surface on it if you try.
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Re: A tip for water soluble putties etc
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2018, 06:37:35 am »
I've used water to smooth out Miliput in the past and water to clean PPP up, but I'd never thought of using it to help apply the stuff before. It was the heat that made me try, but it's so much easier and controllable I thought I'd mention it.

As said it also works for Green Stuff etc with the correct solvent.
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