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#1 Frankthedm

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:44 PM

This post reminded me to check up on my paints and several did really need some checking up on!

every six months my mom and I do a water-and-shake. Open the bottle, look at the texture. If it looks thick (and with practice you can tell) add some distilled water. Replace lid tightly, and shake-shake-shake (whether you added water or not). Mom has about 300 craft paints so it takes a while.

I'm about 2/3rds done and running low on glass agitators.

So who else does this on a schedule?

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#2 buglips*the*goblin

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

Not as often as I should, considering half of my collection is pretty geriatric. But so far I haven't left anything to sit and dry up too long. I ought to put the bulletin board back up over the workbench and write a date on a post-it to remind me to do this. Every 3 months, maybe, just to be sure none of the old soldiers have slipped away.

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#3 Adrift

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:25 PM

I only have about 45 colors, so they generally don't last long enough for me to have to do much maintenance, but I have had to take the lids off and add water to a few over the years.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

It seemed like in the past I was painting enough and circulating stuff around enough not to have to worry about this. But just two days ago, I was cleaning my work area up, and discovered some separation in paints I would not have thought of as old.

So I think this long weekend will be the start of some serious shaking.
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#5 Girot

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:58 AM

paint maintenance.... wha....?
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

Maybe I should start... other than the Great Restoration of my Citadels a couple months ago and shaking the bottles when I use them,i haven't done much paint maintenance. On the other hand,i transport them for paint night, so they do get jostled around some...

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#7 Girot

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:20 AM

I like the idea of agitators. What is the recommendation for those?

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#8 Qwyksilver

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:16 AM

Glass beads. Bits of extra sprue. These are the two most common.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

With glass beads avoid any beads labeled AB. That is an iridescent finish that may flake off in your paint. Likewise avoid metallic or pearl finishes. You just want a large bag of cheap glass beads, and pick out any that have funky finishes.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

I like the idea of agitators. What is the recommendation for those?


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

since switching to MSP, I haven't had any issues

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

I have done paint maintenance in the past, but I have never had a regular schedule (and it has cost me a few paints). It never really occurred to me before, but I should make it a regular, scheduled thing. Good tip!

I don't think Buglips would ever forgive me if I let my dozen or so geriatric Partha paints solidify in their pots.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

I've been using lava beads in my Vallejo bottles. I don't have a schedule for shaking them or anything.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

I don't think Buglips would ever forgive me if I let my dozen or so geriatric Partha paints solidify in their pots.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

And then?

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