Today’s Tool: Palette Scraper
Although some artists love to paint with them, one of the primary purposes of a palette knife is cleaning our palettes.
Even though I do use mine for scraping up wet paint piles to save for later, a palette knife doesn’t work nearly as well for the serious cleaning jobs as a razor scraper.
I’ve used this one for decades. For a couple years I used a small plastic one, but it was tough to hold and eventually broke.
A Metal Razor Palette Scraper – this one is a couple decades old!
The razor scraper works beautifully on glass and enamel – hard smooth surfaces. Be very careful on a wooden palette or you might take a chunk out. They can also scratch other surfaces – keeping the blade with the same side up each time causes a small bend to occur which helps keep the outer tips slightly raised and avoids scratches.
When I started using a lighter acrylic top for my outdoor palette I bought a plastic scraper (called Skrapr) at a kitchen gadget store because I was afraid the razor would cut into the acrylic.
They didn’t work out as well as I had hoped though because the edge isn’t straight or sharp enough.
Fortunately, I discovered that my trusty metal scraper has performed flawlessly even on the acrylic surface.
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