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#1 MsDano85gt

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:53 AM

Hopefully this is in the right place, -Ikm sure I'm def not alone on this problem I have.
- I have quite a variety of jar paints little 1.5 oz I believe are the small ones and I've got some larger ones(model master)
How do folks keep there paints from seperating?? - I go without useing paints for awile and come back after absence from them and the pain has seperated from the 1)oil and 2) water. I do prefer the water based paints simply because its water washup for the brushes, but I do have a lot of enamel paints too where the oils? Seperate from the color/ paint
This is so annoying all that vigorous shaking and sometimes iyt seems like the paint is never right again? Do I need to physically stir?(Keep. A full box of toothpicks on hand). Rotate my bottles every so often?
Any help on this matter would be great

#2 JunkPile

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:01 AM

Stir before use. Wider stick like popsicle stick works better than toothpicks

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:01 AM

There are available battery operated paint stirring tools and even a paint jar shaker



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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:16 AM

Ya know..sometimes, even new paints need to be stirred a lot.
I use those little flat wood stirrers. Break them in half, you don't need a long stirrer. Sometimes must add a bit of thinner also.
Don't be concerned if they separate in the bottle.
I lost interest a while back (2-3 years ago) but am back into it now that I retired. I have paints that are years old and they still work fine. Like you said though, a bit of stirring is required.
Good luck.


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:19 AM

I use a Badger battery operated stirring stick. It's works very well.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:58 AM

l use tooth picks and then shake them by hand and use no problem. Just part of the hobby...

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:29 AM

All types of paints separate, I bought one of those battery powered stirrers from MicroMark and it works great.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:22 AM

I drop a couple Crosman 'Copperhead' BBs in each jar(3 in the larger ones), so shaking them like a spray can mixes the paint.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:38 AM

Not copper. Use the larger steel BBs for slingshots.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:41 AM

Not buying specific BBs for paint...I always have copper-clad BBs around because I have airguns, and they've worked fine for 20+ years so far.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:49 AM

Yup I switched to b.b.s they make a modeler's life easier

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:52 AM

I have found nothing stirs paint better than the battery operated stirrers , it's only about $8.00 and once I got mine, I use it religiously.
I've tried bb's , stirring, shaking.. no comparison

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:39 AM

I use a Badger battery operated stirring stick. It's works very well.


I agree with Jim
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This is the one you want & you should be able to pick one up at your lhs for less than $12.00. Also, IMNSHO, it's a much better product than the one Micro-Mark sells.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

That's the one, Monty. Wonderful little tool.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:33 AM

I found something that works great too looks almost like that badger tool except casing is orange and the tool is up/down(like a sawzall) motion insted of rotation(its a batt operated pumpkin carver tool)
It was so cheap it couldn't cut pumpkins very well(at all for that matter) seems to jossles up and mix my paint great though!

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:02 AM

Normally I avoid wood for stir.
Wood absobs moisture then transfer to your paint.
In small quantities you can't notice, but if you store your paint for some after stirring with wood it may turn into a blob, specially if done in high humidity conditions.
So why run risk, use metal for stirring.
Cheers.