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#1 lanesteele240

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:53 PM

I cut a small X in the lid of a condiment cup from a fast food restaurant stick a straw in the X and spray away. Bendable straws work better. After the propellent boils off you can cap it with a fresh lid. I poke a small hole in the lid when i go to use the paint in case pressure has built up inside the cup

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These cups would work well to store small items, mix down paint or washes, store weahtering powders and so on

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:55 PM

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:22 PM

Be careful with what type of paint you put into condiment cups. We used to use them for sign work and pinstriping but found that some types tend to melt even with enamel type paints lacquer will melt them to a puddle of goo. They work great for acrylic paints though. What we use now is the single dose medicine cups they run five or six bucks for a hundred they will hold lacquer paint all day without a problem. The other type of cup that I like using are the stainless steel condiment/prep cups they run a couple of bucks for a pack of 2 or 3 they last forever clean up really easy and will handle anything you put in them.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:47 PM

........................ What we use now is the single dose medicine cups they run five or six bucks for a hundred they will hold lacquer paint all day without a problem. The other type of cup that I like using are the stainless steel condiment/prep cups they run a couple of bucks for a pack of 2 or 3 they last forever clean up really easy and will handle anything you put in them.


Where did you find those medicine cups? I have checked all the pharmacies, wal mart, and dollar stores around here for them and cannot find them. :(

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:24 PM

Do you thin the paint after you decant it or just decant it and shoot it straight from the airbrush ?

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

Where did you find those medicine cups? I have checked all the pharmacies, wal mart, and dollar stores around here for them and cannot find them. :(


Most any hobby shop with a good RC Airplane section should have these polypropylene (cloudy translucent plastic that is impervious to just about any paint or solvent we modelers are likely to use) in bulk packs. Chances are the polybag package header will say either K&B or Hobbico on them. Also check craft stores--these get used a lot in mixing clear polyester resin for clear resin cast craft projects. They're not very expensive either. and are the same little cups that hospitals use to bring pills to your bedside.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:36 AM

Most any hobby shop with a good RC Airplane section should have these polypropylene (cloudy translucent plastic that is impervious to just about any paint or solvent we modelers are likely to use) in bulk packs. Chances are the polybag package header will say either K&B or Hobbico on them. Also check craft stores--these get used a lot in mixing clear polyester resin for clear resin cast craft projects. They're not very expensive either. and are the same little cups that hospitals use to bring pills to your bedside.

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Ahh,,,just as I suspected. None within 2 hours drive of here. Thanks.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:38 AM

Sorry, didn't mention the source of the medicine cups. Check Coast Airbrush or any of the shops that supply airbrushes. I have seen them in the local hobby shop as well their suggested use was for mixing resin. Just took a look on ebay they are about $2.50 for 100. Search "Medicine Cups".
I found the stainless steel prep cups at Wally World in their kitchen department they were in a pack of two if I remember right. I use them for pinstriping and signwork so they would also be good for holding small amounts of paint either decanted or while brush painting.
If you need a cover for either try plastic wrap you can cut a small hole through it to minimize the overspray. You can also use it on your painted surface for some pretty cool effects, so I'm reasonably sure that it will not cause any fisheye or reaction issues. Not a long term storage solution.

Just came across something on ebay that I've seen in the local grocery store, plastic disposable shot glasses bit expensive for one time use but they will work.

Edited to add additional information.

Edited by Skip, 19 September 2012 - 11:47 AM.