Thursday, May 22, 2008

Friday Tip

And we're back! :-D Bridget suggested the topic "how to keep hair and glop out of drying oil paint?" Thanks Bridget! I can definitely help with hair, and I do believe the technical description of glop may be lint and annoying specks of paint.

First things first. It is essential to work in a very clean area. Always wipe your table off before you begin painting. Dust accumulates in no time and causes major headaches for painters. It is also important to wipe brushes clean with rags or towels that leave no trace of lint. I've had good luck with blue paper shop towels. I don't usually wipe the brushes off immediately before painting (though I will run my finger through the bristles to shake any dust out real quick) because I haven't found it to be necessary for my situation. You might try if you have a big problem with dust, or go for long periods between painting.

Second of all, painting areas must be sealed away from pets. If there is no way to shut off the painting area from animals, hair will be a problem. It can be gently removed, but it is far better to not have to deal with the problem in the first place. If you do have pets, you should consider changing clothes before painting or going near wet horses. The bottom line is, be fastidious about cleanliness. This will help overcome most issues.

As for paint specks that so often seem to "mysteriously" show up... These are almost always caused by painting too fast. When you get to markings, even just blocking them in, go slow. This will avoid splatters that often go unnoticed until after the horse has been sealed. It is also a good idea to only keep one horse near the painting area when basecoating is going on. Brushes can splatter fine specks of paint quite a distance!

Even with all these precautions, sometimes specks of something will get stuck to a horse, especially while the final spray coating is happening. In such cases, let the coat dry and then gently rub the speck out. Since the sealer goes on in many thin layers it is easy to work foreign objects out of the paint job. Blemishes are almost always only to the sealer itself, which is corrected with another light coat on top.

Hopefully with these suggestions you'll be well on your way to "glop-free" horses. Just take your time and be aware of how much deceptive dust and hair is really around!

1 comment:

Bridget said...

I just now read this, great stuff! Thanks so much for the tips!