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September 21st, 2006 #1
What type of masonite should I use?
I heard somewhere that it is much cheaper to buy masonite from a hardware store. I went to a Home Depot and there were a bunch of different types of masonite. I have heard that some have a lot of oil in the board and cause problems in the future. I am looking for something archival. Thanks in advance!
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I wouldn't swear on either of them being archival, BUT don't use TEMPERED masonite. You want UN-tempered. It's structurally a bit weaker and not quite as heavy, but the tempered version has a saturation of oils and crap that makes it sometimes unstable for serious painting.
How about trying a really thin plywood that's made with outdoor glues instead (1/4" or so) If you can't get a surface you like, you can gesso-glue a light-weight canvas to it...
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September 21st, 2006 #3
I personally cannot stand the texture of masonite, but I do enjoy working on Birch ply or most other hardwoods. My 2cents, I have no idea what the differences of masonite oil content are.
But it's always cheaper to buy panels from the Home Depot than from the art supply store. They gouge you, man
September 21st, 2006 #4
i have a small mom and pop hardware store near me and i go in a grab their scraps of masonite for next to nothing. as far as archival qualities, i don't know. but i really don't care becasue i have not made anything worth preserving for 500 years.
September 21st, 2006 #5
I actually know it better by look and feel than by name.. Sad...
It seems Mr Lockwood contradicts Ilaekae, but I think Todd's less concerned about archival properties. (and really he's almost all digital now anyway)
September 21st, 2006 #6
Just a tiny bit off topic, but have you tried Strathmore illo board? Nice surface... archival... and if it's too flexy for you, you can always tape it to a foamcore backing. (I do believe this is what Dan DosSantos does.)
September 21st, 2006 #7Originally Posted by CCThrom
September 21st, 2006 #8
Thanks everybody! There are some good recommendations here. I definitely going to try them out. I have been using masonite for a while now and think its time for a change. This is the boost I needed to go out and try some new surfaces! I'll be sure to post what I come up with, and most won't matter if it is archival or not. haha.
Nice new avatar Mr. Palumbo!
September 21st, 2006 #9Strathmore illo board
September 21st, 2006 #10
Lately I have been shellacing my masonite to get a nice slick surface. It has a very different feel than anything I've used before. For example, if you needed to wipe an area out you will get a just about perfect original state. Also the paint seems to "glide" on the surface in a way that resembles skating on ice. Yeah, I know, bad analogy. But it is alot of fun moving the paint around with such ease!
September 21st, 2006 #11
I bought some of these for myself for my B-day - gonna try them out, but I hear great things about this company. I'll let you know what I think once i use them. Of course- it can get costly getting fancy panels to work on if you don't prepare your own.
I never used this company, but I think jeff soto is currently using them >