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ilkaplan
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Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby ilkaplan » Sun May 12, 2019 8:02 pm

I just got a new Skutt Kiln, with new shelf, and kiln wash powder. My first two firings had lots of adherence to the glass (four of wash applied), but I am noticing that the wash that stays on the shelf is looking more paint-like and firm. The first application was pretty dusty even after firing and drying.
Does the wash adhere better after multiple full fuse firings?
Is the Skutt kiln wash not ideal?

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Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby Kevin Midgley » Sun May 12, 2019 8:46 pm

Heat shelf.
Turn off power.
brush on kiln wash.
Yes it will sizzle.
Repeat until you cannot see shelf surface.
Helps to apply at right angles to previous coating.
Different kiln washes have different amounts of clay that cause it to stick or not stick to shelf.
Some people swear by Primo.
Bullseye's is good.

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Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby Ed Cantarella » Tue May 14, 2019 10:21 am

ilkaplan wrote:I just got a new Skutt Kiln, with new shelf, and kiln wash powder. My first two firings had lots of adherence to the glass (four of wash applied), but I am noticing that the wash that stays on the shelf is looking more paint-like and firm. The first application was pretty dusty even after firing and drying.
Does the wash adhere better after multiple full fuse firings?
Is the Skutt kiln wash not ideal?

Some folks (self) give the shelf a light rubbing(please use ventilation, dust is bad) with a cloth or dry paper towel (panyhose are great but my wife doesn't wear them :o ) after first firing with the 4 layers to smooth out any brush pattern, then give another light coat. Then just periodically. Same with molds. If you see scabbing of kiln wash after a fire it's time to wash off and start fresh - it's only gonna get worse and it's hard to smooth over a scab with wash.
*I'm a Primo man but BE is good too - have used both, small subtle differences.
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ilkaplan
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Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby ilkaplan » Fri May 24, 2019 2:29 pm

Thanks. Wash seems more solid with”hot”application technique.

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Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby Don Burt » Sun May 26, 2019 8:51 am

I only recently learned to apply the primer to a hot shelf. My practice now is with a very warm shelf.....with the kiln at about 120F or so. I was surprised and pleased to see the result of using BE primer at their recommended mix ration: 5 to 1 water to powder. I was making it more thick and it was flaky after a short usage. With a warm shelf you can get a lot of coats on of really thin mixture in a short amount of time.

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Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby Judd » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:28 pm

I season my shelves all the time. I start off with a little olive oil and garlic, then add rosemary for that sharp flavor...

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Re: Do I need to “season” my new shelf?

Postby Joyce Walters » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:43 pm

Funny funny man. Took me the briefest minute to laugh aloud.


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