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
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 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
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