Good Paint Gone Bad
Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:22 AM
My question is regarding bottled enamel paints. How long will they keep, on average, if they are unopened?
Please don't reply "try lacquer instead."
Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:21 AM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:39 AM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:09 AM
That said....switch to lacquers.....You will be happier
Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:13 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:19 PM
One thing that does help is storing the bottles inverted. That helps keep the air out.
Make sure your bottles seal tightly, consider adding a drop or two of lacquer thinner to the enamels. It's stronger and seems to help keep the enamels from drying out as quickly. Leave the little cardboard thingie in, too, as that does make a difference.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:26 PM
What actually constitutes "bad" enamel? What will it do, or not do?
The reason for all of this is that I really like some of the colors by boyd paints and they are obviously no longer made, so I'm stuck buying old store stock.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:45 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:54 PM
Enamel will develop a crystal like texture after a period of time . You will never see it until it's sprayed through an airbrush The surface of the model will appear to have sand mixed in with the paint. When this occurs , take the body straight to the dipping tank , you will never be able to sand it smooth.
The enamels , as a rule , have a nice long shelf life . You can get around the crystal problem by simply straining the paint before shooting if you are aware of the paints age . I always encourage buying paint from a hobby shop with a faster turnover , it's a good way to avoid the problem entirely.
As for the age old battle , I prefer the enamels any day , if not for any other reason......It allows me to do battle with Mikey Mc on occasion !
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