Palette Garage keeps oil paint fresh and wet for weeks.

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 27, 2023

The Palette Garage Listing is on vacation until October 12.

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Frequently asked questions

Sizing details

The 12" Palette Garage has a 11.5" tray sized to fit the inside dimension of a 12" pochade box. The tube is 12.5 inches long by 1.67" in diameter.

The 14" Palette Garage has a 13.5" tray sized to fit the inside dimension of a 14" pochade box. The tube is 14.5 inches long by 1.67" in diameter.

The 16" Palette Garage has a 15.5" tray sized to fit the inside dimension of a 16" pochade box. The tube is 16.5 inches long by 1.67" in diameter. This tray fits perfectly into the Masterson Stay Wet box, just clip the tray to the edges of the box.

You can use a tray that is longer than the pochade box and hangs over the edges. Use the included velcro dots to secure the tray to the back ledge of your pochade box. See photo of the Strada Mini.

Care instructions

How often you add clove oil depends on how much you have disturbed your piles of paint. If the paint is new and you fully moisten the wicks and close the PG without using any paint, then that paint will stay fresh for months without new oil. However, once you start painting with the piles of paint, you are exposing a new paint surface to the oxidizing air. The older, undisturbed outer molecular surface had absorbed the eugenol from the clove oil and was protected from oxidation. Once you dip a brush or palette knife into you paint piles you expose”unprotected paint” to the air. Now you will need to add a bit of clove oil before you close up the palette garage so that that surface of the newly exposed paint can absorb more eugenol.

How can I keep my paint piles separated?

If you place your paint piles closely together, they can touch, so allow for some room, especially at the ends of the tray where the paint might touch the felt wick. Dividers are not necessary, but if you want separate areas for each pile, take a low or high temperature glue gun and mark off the spaces you need. The glue dividers can easily be popped off if you make a mistake or decide you don’t like it. After several months, some of the glue dividers will loosen (that powerful clove oil!) and the glue dividers may need to be reapplied.
Be sure divide the paint tray by the number of colors you use and leave some free space at each end so you don’t crowd the clove oil wick.