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So I got some new Reaper paints in the mail today! (as well as a Isengard Troll! Happy Early Fathers Day for me!) And I quickly opened them up and gave them a good shake and started putting a drop of paint on each lid to better see the color. two of my bottles were clogged. not a drop would come out. I took off the top part, rinsed it out, and used a small needle to get rid of any gunk.

 

my questions is this. What do you do (other than keep the bottles upright) to maintain your paints life and usability?

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the Reaper paints are really pretty simple. Keep them upright like you said, and we usually keep a safety pin or T-pin in our kit to poke through a clogged tip on occasion. I'd say 8 out of 10 times, the paint comes out just fine for me without having to unclog. Enjoy painting the Troll!

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If you don't use your paints for a long time, you'll want to go through them and shake them up. I try to do this about twice a year. Use an electric shaker/vibrator of some kind if you have lots of them.

 

If you can't hear the skull or other agitator moving, open it up and see if it needs some water. Even if kept tightly closed, they can eventually need water. I use distilled if I have it, filtered if I don't.

 

If you take care of them, they seem to be pretty stable. Most of my MSPs, including those over five years old, are in pretty good shape, though some have thickened.

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If you can't hear the skull or other agitator moving, open it up and see if it needs some water. Even if kept tightly closed, they can eventually need water. I use distilled if I have it, filtered if I don't.

 

 

skull or agitator?

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Yup when I transferred my complete set of original pro paints over to dropper bottles years ago, I had a nice little pile of skulls leftover. I used spare sprue chunks in their place.

 

I have a Super-pokee tool that I use just for bottle unclogging. I wanna say it's a "oil pick" or even a pick out of a electronic kit I got at Radio Shack years ago. Pretty much a solid shaft of metal with a "super" needle attached to it. Works every time. Pretty cool thou, in the Goodie bag for ReaperCon there was a Skull T-pin (T-pin with a sculpted skull for the head). Pretty nice little tool.

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I just store my paints on top of my front loading mashing machine. It gives them near daily agitation. I've had some paints since the original MSP release that are still in great working condition. I've only had to add a few drops of distilled water to them over the years to keep them from drying out.

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