Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Vaseline pros and cons

So, Vaseline yeah?
I've been avoiding using it at all because of a major reason: it prevents more putty from sticking to where you used it. You have to clean it off, so you wait until the putty is cured and then with alcohol and q-tip remove the residue. I'm not even sure even that is a perfect solution, it might cause problems with bits not being that well stuck on.

It's a dangerous substance.

But having tried it a couple of times I realized, it's superior to water for lubrication. For good and bad.

When I really want to kick smoothness up a notch I should use it.

The kicker is, though, that you can't get it off and revert to a non vaseline state before curing; if anyone knows different is please advise!!!!
So it must be used wisely.

Another benefit over water is you can use a thin layer and you don't get a huge droplet obscuring everything which happens every now and again and annoying you. Don't have to keep dipping and moistening your tool. But the residue is problematic to get traction on your putty after you don't need it to be lubricated.

Ideally I'd glop the stuff on if I figured out a way to clean it off while the putty is still soft without hurting the sculpted features. Then I could apply and remove as needed.

In the meantime here's progress. There's a bit of work left to go yet.

So if you know about how to clean it off like that please tell me. Also tell me of other lubricants that might be awesome besides water.


foliescu said...

try using olive oil.

Nadav Igra said...

How do you remove it?

foliescu said...

Piece of cloth, fingers.. I'm using mixture of green stuff and magic s. so, it doesnt work the same as your mixture - mine is more sticky. Of course, from time to time something is going wrong, but mostly its ok.

MercenaryStudio said...

Try using KY. Water soluble, amazing lubricant. Wash off with water, will do the same thing Vaseline will and thinner.