Triple Thick "Bubbles"

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I have started making scrabble tiles. I have went through many different products trying to reach the finish I desire. I have finally found that Decoart's Triple Thick is working well for me and giving me the look I desire, except an uneven finish. I apply the triple thick with a small foam brush and the tile looks perfect, no bubbles and even, when I finish applying and leave the room. When I come back a couple hours later the tiles seem to have dried and look a little what I call uneven. When I say uneven the look a little grit looking or possible bubbles. These places are small and are only seen when looking in direct light to the side of the tiles. What am I doing wrong? Am I applying it too thick, too thin? (I have tried thicker and thinner applications.) Is this something that Triple Thick does? I had also seen that someone was wet sanding their tiles after they completely dry. Is this something that is needed to make them look "perfect"? I am at a lose of what to try next. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted at 2:13 pm May 13, 2009 EDT

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I use triple thick but I use a soft acrylic square (flat) paintbrush. The bristles are very soft. I like to do 2 or 3 thin layers. I find if I make the layers too thick, I can get bubbles. Also sometimes I get a brush hair or some other dust in the glaze if I'm not careful. Is it possible your foam brush is leaving behind little bits of foam in the glaze?

I also find that the glaze needs to "cure" for a few days, sometimes it can get finger print marks after the first day even though it seems dry to the touch. I have never tried the sanding method. Hope this helps!

Posted at 2:26 pm May 13, 2009 EDT

Thank you. I will try the acrylic paintbrush. As of right now I am applying 3 thin layers with better results than before. I do not think that the foam brush is leaving any bits of foam behind as I would think I would be able to see the black foam. The places that are left on the tiles are more like a very very very tiny indention, and usually anywhere between 2-8 of these when it happens. I just did not know if I was needing to sand or not, but if you have not had to sand then clearly it is not needed. :) Thanks again!

Posted at 2:31 pm May 13, 2009 EDT

Ok, I am still looking for any suggestions. Are everyones pendants flawless when they are finished? I have yet to get a flawless pendant. I have now used a brush and I resorted to using my finger for application. I do have to say that the finger application has been the best results yet. Anyone else?

Posted at 6:31 pm May 13, 2009 EDT

I also use a soft brush with triple thick. I can apply one thick coat and work it with the brush to even out the layer and also use the brush to pop any bubbles all it one swoop. Maybe just keep practicing with the brush, I think you'll get it! :)

Posted at 6:33 pm May 13, 2009 EDT

I was just going to post this same question. I have been doing some scrabble tiles and getting these tiny pits too. I have used the triple thick in both krylon and decoart, the 3d lacquer and another glaze and I was just putting it on with a thin tip applicator. Maybe that is one of my problems. Anyone else with any info you would like to share on making the scrabble tiles would be greatly appreciated. I can't imagine how some people get them to look perfect..sigh. Or if anyone knows who sells the best tutorial on them.

TIA to whoever answers. :)

Posted at 8:33 am May 14, 2009 EDT

I use triple thick on my scrabble tiles and also sell it in my shop. The trick is to use a soft brush and coate with multiple thin layers. Also when drying keep the dust away by putting something over it. As said in a previous post, you must let it cure or you will get marks on your tiles.

I have done many tiles and have never had a bubble issue with the triple thick. If you are unhappy with the results of triple thick I also carry diamond glaze and dg3 by Judikins which are perfect for the tiles.

Posted at 8:51 am May 14, 2009 EDT

Thanks to everyone with their tips! I tried 4 more tiles by doing my finger tip technique. I know this sounds very weird and strange, but it is actually working very well for me. These 4 tiles came out almost nearly 100% perfect! I am so excited to finally figure out that it is my applicator and not the creator. lol I am so happy!

Posted at 6:35 pm May 14, 2009 EDT

I tried the brush method and can not see how this would work. I see brush strokes and used 2 different types of brushes and 3 different types of glazes. No one else has any tips on not getting pits on the tops of these things?

Posted at 10:46 pm May 14, 2009 EDT

When I use the brush, It's just basically to move the triple thick around the tile, I don't actually 'brush' across the tile - which is where you are probably getting the marks. I try to put enough on the tile at once, then use the SOFT, SOFT brush to move it all in place.

Posted at 10:50 pm May 14, 2009 EDT

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