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#1 rel14

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:45 PM

For them hard to mix little bottles of paint,, they always get thick on the bottom,, Drop
3 to 5 BB's in the bottle, they help mix the paint when ya shake them,,, works good.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

For them hard to mix little bottles of paint,, they always get thick on the bottom,, Drop
3 to 5 BB's in the bottle, they help mix the paint when ya shake them,,, works good.


Old trick, goes back many years--worth repeating though!

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

Old trick, goes back many years--worth repeating though!

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The only thing I would add is look for stainless steel small diameter ball bearings instead... more expensive but no rust worries either

Edited by camaroman, 22 April 2012 - 07:57 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:17 AM

Thanks for the tip. Ive been building on and off for 55 years and never figured that out.....lol

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:38 AM

I got back into modeling in 2005. I bought paint bottles and started that BB trick only to find that after they set awhile I could see rust stains going on. They aren't the same copper BB's that they were when I was building models in the late 60's and 70's. You could gp to Ace and pick up some nice SS ones or maybe get a decent bulk price on good old Evilbay.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

I bought one of those battery powered mixers from MicroMark for $9, it mixes up settled paint quickly. You can even get around the bottom of the bottle with the little propeller. It's a lot quicker then shaking, it only has one quirk....make sure it has stopped before taking it out of the bottle. If not, make sure you're wearing old clothes. :D

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

You can even get around the bottom of the bottle with the little propeller. It's a lot quicker then shaking, it only has one quirk....make sure it has stopped before taking it out of the bottle. If not, make sure you're wearing old clothes. :D


Is that one of those "don't ask me how I know" things ... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Edited by camaroman, 24 April 2012 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:22 PM

lol that would be quite the show... Whats a 'size' of ball bearing one should look for when trying this out?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:27 AM

Those battery mixers are very nice. I use a Badger version. I've thought about getting BBs and one of electric paint mixers where you strap the bottle to the machine. I hear they work quite well.

Edited by crazyjim, 25 April 2012 - 03:28 AM.


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:21 PM

I use 1/8" stainless ball bearings. One problem though: I put one in an Alclad bottle and broke it by shaking it too hard. What a mess! It was my fault but I'll blame it on Alclad anyway - their paint is thin and so are their bottles. But the BBs work fine with smaller bottles and gentler shaking.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:24 AM

The only thing I would add is look for stainless steel small diameter ball bearings instead... more expensive but no rust worries either


All the BB shot I ever had was copper, not steel or iron. However, copper does corrode, turquoise staining is possible)

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:25 AM

I use 1/8" stainless ball bearings. One problem though: I put one in an Alclad bottle and broke it by shaking it too hard. What a mess! It was my fault but I'll blame it on Alclad anyway - their paint is thin and so are their bottles. But the BBs work fine with smaller bottles and gentler shaking.


A model building buddy of mine uses an old hot dog cooker, the kind which "rolls" the hot dogs. He simply puts the bottle of paint in a piece of PVC pipe, puts that on the roller, and turns the machine on, goes away and lets it do its thing. Bill says it works perfectly every time it's tried.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:27 AM

Another technique I have seen used, is to strap the paint bottles onto the foot of an orbital sander! Use a few loops of say, a bicycle innertube, of very heavy, large rubber bands--the trick here is to secure the bottle of paint soundly! Turn on the sander, hold it upside down for a few minutes--paint mixed, end of problem!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:09 AM

Is that one of those "don't ask me how I know" things ... :lol: :lol: :lol:

I detect an "OOPSIE! "sorry honey, I'll get that off the new stainless sink and granite counter we just put in, it's ok, it'll come right off, I promise, oh, no, not again!". oh, wait, that was a flashback my bad.lol

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 01:55 PM

Follow-up on my ball bearing post: I just bought some 1/4" inch ones and they cost .50 each! Wow!

Is there a cheaper substitute? Used bearings would be ideal, but who sells used ball bearings?

Off the subject, but since I mentioned Alclad: I just tried Krylon gloss black as a base for Alclad II chrome, and it works great. It dries faster and it's a lot cheaper than Alclad black base.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 04:36 PM

All the BB shot I ever had was copper, not steel or iron. However, copper does corrode, turquoise staining is possible)

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Steel BBs are available, have been for about 25 years or so. I've seen them in plain steel and copper plated (got a carton of the copper plated ones). I will agree with and can attest to the turquoise staining, as I tried the BB trick long ago, and had that exact problem. That's why I don't do it anymore.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:10 AM

I bought a box of 250 Daisy steel slingshot ammo (about 1/4" diameter) at Gander Mountain. The cost was about $5.00.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:49 AM

Stirred not shaken...no air trapped inside!

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:36 AM

I use 1/8" stainless ball bearings. One problem though: I put one in an Alclad bottle and broke it by shaking it too hard. What a mess! It was my fault but I'll blame it on Alclad anyway - their paint is thin and so are their bottles. But the BBs work fine with smaller bottles and gentler shaking.


Some of the early Alclad bottles came with glass beads for mixing. Lighter weight, less likely to crack the glass.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:00 AM

Really cool tip..save me a buch of tooth picks and time