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Old 04-05-2017, 10:57 AM
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Smile Sta-wet & similar palettes

I have been using a Sta-wet palette for my Ceracolors (water soluble wax paint) plein air for a few months now. Haven't tried it for acrylics, etc., but have to say so far that I am astounded at how well it's been working for me!

I have had none of the mold issue that others talk about and one piece of the Sta-wet palette paper has been lasting for months. In fact, the paints on my palette have now been moist and open when sealed for about 6-8 weeks!

Just bought a smaller Guerilla Painter version, which I understand is made by Sta-Wet, though it did not come with sponge or paper (I can adapt that from Sta-Wet stuff or household items.) This also appears to seal well, but I haven't tested it in the field as yet.

Was expecting to have problems with the paper, but in fact it is strong enough to not tear or buckle when wet and when covered in paint. I'm told it can be rinsed if still moist and used for looooonnnng periods.
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:14 PM
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Re: Sta-wet & similar palettes

Thanks for your review on this palette. I need to buy a couple of airtight palettes - a large one and a small one and this brand is clearly in the running.

What other brands if any did you look at before buying the Sta-Wet? If anyone out there has used a different brand or both please chime in.
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:17 PM
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Re: Sta-wet & similar palettes

I didn't review other palettes in the field, if that's what you're asking. Just online research or looking at them in the store. The Sta-wet seems to be the "gold standard" for the moment. I did look at lots of ideas to DIY the setup, though none fit the size that I wanted. Oddly, the smallest Sta-wet, which turned out to be bigger than I expected was cheaper than the Guerrilla Painter small version.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:54 PM
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Re: Sta-wet & similar palettes

Thanks for the reply. I want to use one for acrylics and one for oils. I am thinking of putting clove oil and some oxygen absorbent packets in there for the oil one for longer trips where I won't be able to put it in my palette storage bin that is set up that way.
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