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Water Based White and Retarder

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Jon S, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    I was using some polytranspar water based white paint. I added a couple drops of retarder to the paint cup and the paint turned to jelly right in the cup! The paint seems fine otherwise and I used some more for what I needed. Never had that happen before, anyone seen that and has an idea of what happened?
  2. wrong retarder. you used F instead of WA


    GBRUCH "I am nothing without christ".....John 15:5

    nope---it happens with the wa also. I thin it out with some Alcohol and it is good to go.

    I am soon going to try the woods and water detail white---from what I hear it is "the detail white" hands down.
  4. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    Definately the right retarder. I guess I just never messed with the white enough to notice it before. I try not to thin the white much because it doesn't seem to like it.
  5. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I know others that have also had the same reaction - with rubbing alcohol too with the white when thinning. I've noticed a reaction when I initially put retarder in the WB White Poly paint (Hydromist too), but after swishing around it always mixes fine for me. Maybe you're adding too much retarder? I also rarely thin either of these whites because IMO they're already lacking in enough pigment. I do like the W&W Detail White and I'll be trying the Ivory White probably today. I've got a very small mount left of the Poly Superhide White to use and I won't be ordering anything but the W&W Whites from now on. Nice stuff...
  6. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    The more I mixed the thicker it got. Fast too, it jelled before I had a chance to spray - luckily.
    Just odd, I can add plenty of retarder to every other color.
  7. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    It almost curdles like spoiled milk - eh?
  8. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    Yep, turned to butter, lol