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Old 05-06-2013, 06:50 AM   #16
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I've never thought about a problem with latex poly over oil putty, and haven't seen any problems with it yet. You say wiping with spirits, and then applying latex poly? Jever think it might be the spirits giving you the problem? You're wiping one oil base residue off and leaving another in the process. I won't use any spirits in a latex system. That may be what's giving you an issue, and why I use a dry rag only.
You could be right. The same puttying technique that I always used on oil Polly doesn't translate to the latex. I've ended up dry wiping it too, but I still worry about the oils showing up down the road. I think it's also good to let the first coat of latex cure out before puttying. It dries fast and can often be sanded/recoated in the same day, but trying to oil putty that fast can be trouble.
I see putty smears all the time, in homes and restaurants with stained trim.
I wish there was a water based color putty that worked. Surely there is or will be soon with everything going to WB

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Josh- I have seen waterbased putties around, but they are stiffer and dry out fast.
I think Minwax makes one, Zar also. I still prefer the oil based.
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Some use oil putty under latex trim enamels, and I do as well, but I only use it on holes I miss in my regular lightweight vinyl spackle system. I carry a ball of it when I finish trim. The only time I've ever seen that be a problem is under flats, the putty holes eventually turn brown. I've never seen oil stains under clears though. You guys may be on to something and I'll keep my eye out.
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I've always used oil putty under latex enamel too.
Never seemed to have a problem as long as its not flat paint, as you say.
Although I have noticed a few cases of oil spots coming through enamel over time. Looks the same as when it bleeds through flat, just takes more time to appear.
I've started using the new spackle/primer more, and priming oil putty if I use it.
My dad always carried corn starch to dry up oil putty some before use to help prevent oil bleed.
I will roll it around on cardboard, it absorbs some of the extra oil.

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