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Forum topic by thelt posted 09-02-2009 04:32 PM 2439 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2009 04:32 PM

I have about a half a pint of Elmers wood putty that is starting to get a little dry. Does anybody know what I can mix in with the putty to reconstitute it? It has not hardened, just getting a little dry. There is a small amount of liquid that rises to the top win it sits for a day or so. I just don’t know what this liquid is. I hate to through away a half of a pint of putty. Any help?

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 04:35 PM

mine says “danger fumes contains acetone”. So, in the case of mine I’d think that acetone might re-dissolve it. The best source of acetone? Your wife’s vanity. Nail polish remover.

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 05:38 PM

I think it’s acetone or lacquer thinner

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 06:19 PM

Famowood actually sells a product for this. Don’t have the can in front of me to see the ingredients. They sell it in a metal pint can with a screw top.

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 06:38 PM

When my wood putty starts to get a little hard I just put in a dark place with one of those photos of Nancy Pelosi that Karson was warning us about recently:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/9735

That’ll soften it right up in no time.

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 06:40 PM

I also think acetone would work. Just make SURE it’s in a glass or metal tin. Acetone will melt plastic real quick.
With the left over acetone mix it with equal parts of paint stripper and you’ll have an excellent glue for joining most any kind of Acrylics. If you want a thicker consistancy to the acrylic glue you’ve just made , add three or four small chunks of acrylic to it and leave it for a few days..

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#6 posted 09-02-2009 06:50 PM

Nancy Pelosi….soft putty…...that put me away! Great one Charlie!

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#7 posted 09-02-2009 07:26 PM

Make sure it’s not water base. If it’s in a plastic container it will be—Metal container should be sovent base. If so, I have found Acetone works best. They do make a special sovent, but acetone is just as good. Any good paint store, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. should have it.

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#8 posted 09-02-2009 07:26 PM

Charlie your getting too funny….lol That poor lady.

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#9 posted 09-02-2009 11:03 PM

You may want to change wood puttys. There is a great product called Timbermate that works great and reconstitutes with water. I’ve used it for years and swear by it. I think Rocklers or Woodcraft sell it. It was originally used for floor sealer. Many different colors, originated in Australia.

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#10 posted 09-02-2009 11:09 PM

i store my cans upside down ,
they don’t evaporate as fast .
i use lacquer thinner .

notice that some cans are printed upside down .

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#11 posted 09-03-2009 12:13 PM

This is in a round pint plastic container with an Orange lid. So I guess it’s water based. I’ll get a picture of it today and post it.

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#12 posted 09-05-2009 08:27 PM

Water did the trick. It has gone back to normal consistency and works like a champ. Thanks all you LJ’s! Proof positive this forum works.

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