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#1 Terror

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 05:16 AM

Drop a BB in your brush paint bottle for mixing.Does anyone else do this?Barrowed the idea from the spray paint companies. ;)

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 09:13 AM

Most of my bottles of paint apart from the smaller one's have a glass ball, which helps when the paint has settled for a time

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 09:48 AM

You mean like the glass balls that people use in floral plants & stuff,like the ones you see at Micheal"s? Great idea. Most of my paints are in 1/2 ozs. containers. Maybe the bb's would work best in that regard.Great idea.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 11:13 AM

You mean like the glass balls that people use in floral plants & stuff,like the ones you see at Micheal"s? Great idea. Most of my paints are in 1/2 ozs. containers. Maybe the bb's would work best in that regard.Great idea.


Yes, just regular glass marbles, cheap to buy

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Although for smaller jars, BB's are perhaps the way to go

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 03:17 PM

Be careful on thinner jars. Alclad used to put a bb in the jar. I shook one too hard and broke the bottle.That probably happened to other people because they do not have anything but paint in the bottles now.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 04:52 PM

Alclad used to put a bb in the jar. I shook one too hard and broke the bottle.


He who does not know history is doomed to repeat it. I put a ball bearing in an Alclad bottle and the same thing happened. The glass seemed pretty thin. What a mess!

#7 Mike Kucaba

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 05:50 PM

I've been using the match grade BB's for several years.They come in a box that looks like a milk carton and have a zinc coating that seems to keep metal from flaking off. I've even used them in acrylics.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 03:13 AM

The 60 ML bottles I buy in have a small BB supplied, although I still haven't used them yet

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:05 AM

I should have mentioned,I use testors brush paints,they don't supply a shaker ball.I use BB's from the air guns or pump up red rider gun.The one that puts your eye out kid! :lol:

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:42 AM

Since I use acrylics I was worried a BB might corrode over time, so I bought a bunch of small plastic balls, but same idea. I don't know that it really makes much difference, acrylics seem to gunk onto the bottom more than I remember enamels doing. I usually just use an old piece of sprue to stir it up, then I'll throw it on my paint shaker if it seems to need more.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 07:52 AM

Since I use acrylics I was worried a BB might corrode over time,


Which is why I went for the glass marbles, if they work with the cellulose I work with, they should be fine with acrylic's

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 06:11 AM

I've been using surplus machine nuts. The one from nuts and bolts only no bolts.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 03:21 AM

I use small beads inside plastic bottles with York tops. Never had any problems.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:00 PM

My alclad comes with balls already inside.