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Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by CrazyPainter on Tue May 24, 2011 10:15 am

Howdy all.

After an insanely busy weekend, I'm noticing that both the black and the white now seem to have a lot of excess moisture in them. I don't spray my paints as a rule, but I think it happened just because those are the two I use the most of and probably went a few too many times with too much water on the brush.

I've had them sitting with a fan blowing directly on them for about 10 hours now, but they're still really sticky and hard to work. Have I ruined them, or does it just take a while?

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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by kat on Tue May 24, 2011 10:22 am

I don't have a suggestion for your paint, sorry.
Maybe it will dry out with time.

I'm just starting out - and happened to run across a post here about Metina's dippy pots.

She takes a color and pre-mixes it with water to the right consistency to use for lines and such.

I found some empty small paint containers (with lids) at Hobby Lobby that I use for black and white.
It works GREAT!

This way my cakes of paints don't tend to get soggy!
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by Taradoodles on Tue May 24, 2011 10:29 am

i Think it just takes awahile, no matter how soggy I get mine they dry out in time. Facepaint is in its nature to dry out I would think. thats my newbie opinion.
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by Tra on Tue May 24, 2011 12:03 pm

i use wolf as well it just takes time leave the cover off they will be fine
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by Psalmbook on Tue May 24, 2011 4:28 pm

Your paints will dry out. It just takes time. Just keep them uncovered.

In the future, it sometimes helps to make a well in the paint by poking a hole in them to the bottom of the container & filling it w/ a few drops of water. Mix it till it's a good consistency to work w/ & try to keep the rest of your pot of paint dry. Add water as needed by dripping it off your brush into the well.
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by Guest on Tue May 24, 2011 11:15 pm

Put them in the freezer for a couple days. Then take out and let sit uncovered for another day or so.

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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Tue May 24, 2011 11:37 pm

I thought the same as Shannon.
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by CrazyPainter on Wed May 25, 2011 12:09 am

Ok well try that. I just put them in the freezer.

I'm curious about the science behind that.

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Post by Guest on Wed May 25, 2011 12:31 am

No idea, but trust me ... frozen is dry. Rolling Eyes I should know! 8 months below zero and my skin is so dry it cracks when I touch it!

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Post by Psalmbook on Wed May 25, 2011 8:21 am

Ya know, a lot of Canadians snowbird to FL in the winter... Get out of the freezer Shannon!
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by DeannaB on Wed May 25, 2011 10:04 am

I had the same problem a few weeks back. I need to be more careful to not add as much water to my DFX or Wolfe white. I let my paints sit out over an entire week and by Thursday night they were just starting to firm up.


http://www.facepaintforum.com/t5563-why-is-my-dfx-white-all-gloppy?highlight=gloppy
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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by kat on Wed May 25, 2011 11:52 am

Freezer - That's why food/meats/etc become "freezer-burned".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freezer_burn

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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by jnjkoz on Sun May 29, 2011 1:15 pm


at a conference, April said the best course of action for this issue is to take the tops off and put them in your car windshield in the sun for a few hours. I would think that the freezer would create condensation upon thawing, I could be wrong.
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Post by Guest on Sun May 29, 2011 1:29 pm

Which is why you let them thaw out without the lid and put them away when they are completely dry.

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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by CrazyPainter on Sun May 29, 2011 10:35 pm

Actually the freezer thing didn't work for mine. I'd left them for a full day with a fan on them. Tried the freezer. Left em in there for 48 hrs with the lids off, then let them sit out a couple more days with the fan still on them. They were at least somewhat more usable, but still gummy.

I'm thinking the lesson to be learned is to stop doing whatever it is I did to make them gummy in the first place. I just switched from all Snazaroo to all Wolfe so I guess its a bit of a learning curve. (Snazaroo seems pretty much idiot proof except for the "black pot in the sun" bubblegum thing)

I guess its not enough to not spray the Wolfe paints with water....I think I need to just make sure there's not so much water on my brush.

That and I'm giving that whole "dippy pot" thing a closer look.

Might try the car windshield thing, although I'd be afraid if it got too hot it might also have adverse effects on the paint. I;d keep a close eye if I was doing that. I once saw a cassette tape bend and warp after sitting on a dashboard for an afternoon.

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Re: Rescuing Wolfe Paint

Post by eva on Sun May 29, 2011 11:44 pm

My eyeglasses warped after a day on my dash...booo. I also use the fridge and freezer. However I mainly use snaz and I think it's more a temp thing than a wet dry thing. When they are hot they are mooshy and cold they are harder
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