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Old 01-30-2020, 11:18 AM
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Re: The Question of the Day Wednesday 29th January 2020

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I've only ever used plastic, in fact I didn't know metal palettes were a thing until just now! Now that I think of it though, the inside of a tin is always metal and painted. I wouldn't personally want any paint to chip off while I am mixing, so for that reason alone I would stick to separate plastic palettes.

Nothing to be sorry about. It as all my fault anyway; I should have made the question clearer.
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Re: The Question of the Day Wednesday 29th January 2020

I prefer what ceramic does to the paint's consistency. I have several of the Richeson glossy porcelain palettes, and a few similar condiment dishes from the restaurant supply store. Somehow the ceramic surface just seems to be more knowledgeable about what the paint wants to do and what the watercolorist wants to know about the paint. I like clean glossy white porcelain surfaces for mixing. But ceramic is hard to carry around, breaks easily, heavier than other options, so I'm weaning myself and getting more accustomed to the tin innards of my travel half-pan boxes. I have heard that you can nicely coat any old tin cookie or mint box with a few layers of spray-paint enamel (choose semi-matte white or a truly neutral grey for best view while color mixing). I should probably try that out. Plastic has the problem of beading up, unless you know how to control the beads to the right degree (rub with toothpaste, they say?). All of the complaints about various palette types and surfaces are really moot, just tempests in teapots, though, relative to the other challenges that watercolor brings. In a pinch you can probably make-do with an old magazine cover to mix your washes!
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Re: The Question of the Day Wednesday 29th January 2020

Plastic either beads up or stains. I prefer the stains to the beads and as I use the same colours in the same areas staining doesn't trouble me. It doesn't rust.

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Re: The Question of the Day Wednesday 29th January 2020

Yorky, try The Master's Brush Cleaner to get rid of the palette stains. My plastic palettes look like new using that stuff. Also, a light sanding or repeated cleanings will take care of the beading.

In answer to the question of the day, my next palette purchase will be the Robax 15" - 24 sloping well palette (the one with the carousel, so it spins). I just know it would be the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Just look at it. It's glorious. I've got the serious wants for this thing. Louise De Masi did a nice review of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z6L856PnNA

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Thanks for the tip.

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