On 10/7/05 3:48:19 PM, Rose Lowry wrote:
>On 10/7/05 11:32:21 AM, Randy Stuart
>>Got any more gems to share?
>Okay I'm not Tim... but this is my
>favorite rush story.
>Years ago, I worked as a one-woman art
>department in a
>small ad agency. (I loved being free to
>for all the images in our
>So, one night I was staying late,
>finishing up a highly
>detailed color pencil rendering of a
>scaly alligator for an
>ad which was due in the morning.
>I finished, and sprayed fixative on it,
>so it would survive
>handling and drum scanning.
>To my horror, I realized that I had just
>SPRAYMOUNT instead of fix. (For those
>who don't know,
>Spraymount is repositionable tacky
>adhesive -- stays
>sticky for eons.) Sure, the stuff is
>clear enough... the
>drawing looked fine... but I sure
>couldn't send it to be
>scanned in that state.
>I called 3M's 800# on the back of the
>spray can. I think
>they were on the West Coast, so there
>were still live
>people to talk to (remember, this was
>years ago) and I was
>able to talk to a bonafide adhesive
>engineer guy. It was
>Talc solved my problem. As tiny amount
>spread with a drafting brush over the
>surface. The colors
>got muted just a bit, so I just asked
>the scan man to pump
>it up a bit. Turned out great.
>I've loved the 3M company ever since.
So, one Tuesday I'm working on a piece for AV Video
Magazine. It's due that afternoon. Thankfully, AV Video
Magazine was based in Torrance, about two miles from
where I was living in Harbor City.
Harbor City is not a city. It's an unincorporated part of Los
Angeles and has no Police Department. The police are all
up 20 miles north in Los Angeles fighting crime, fillin' out
reports for spent cartridges and eatin' doughnuts. Add to
that that Harbor City is landlocked and the nearest body
of water is a swamp where that alligator, Reggie, lives
now, and it's just six inches of water surrounded by
macadam, and The Pacific Ocean is five miles away. It
doesn't HAVE a harbor. And it's not a city.
But I lived there. And I had a TYLEX Stain Remover bottle
filled with water that I used for squirting water on my
So, I've got this illustration due, I'm living in a city that's
not a city and has no harbor and I'm painting and I grab
the TYLEX bottle.
I squirt it all over my painting and, much to my surprise,
the water does not bead up. No. Water doesn't bead up.
Oil and acrylic paint, gesso, paper, everything starts
bubbling and moving and looking like the worst case of
radiation-induced acne from a George Romero "Night Of
The Living Dead" movie. I swear there were fumes. Little
smoky rivulets of steam as these chemicals all got
together and said to each other, "Let's really screw with
him. If it's Tuesday this must be Belgium and the man
don't like waffles. He likes pancakes so screw 'im."
I'm horrified! My illustration is bubbling up and paper is
peeling and I can't figure out what the heck is going on.
So I grab my TYLEX bottle and squirt more water on the
painting and it starts bubbling more! I look at the TYLEX
bottle and start to scream at it when I notice...
The TYLEX Stain Remover bottle is not covered in
"Huh? My TYLEX bottle is covered in paint and it's...oh
crap...right over there."
Wrong TYLEX bottle. TYLEX bottle filled with TYLEX Stain
I chucked that bottle across the room, grabbed the TYLEX
bottle covered in paint and squirted water on the oozing
mess that was my illustration.
Didn't help. Just brown sludge that looked like mushed
bugs and dead leaves and it smelled bad.
So, I started over.
Three hours later, using the correct TYLEX bottle, I
finished and drove to AV Video Magazine and gave the
15x20 piece to Peter Chaffey, the art director.
Philosophically speaking, if my painting was a stain then
TYLEX worked incredibly well and removed it.
I still use the same TYLEX bottle I used way back in
And I never bought a new bottle of TYLEX again. I've
cleaned my counters with COMET ever since.