I saw the slickest thing in a woodworking magazine this afternoon for
how to shake up small bottles of model paint. Their example used the
1/4oz Testors paint. They put the glass bottle in a plastic pill bottle
with a cotton ball on each end to cushion it, then taped the pill bottle
to a long jigsaw blade & turned on the saw for several seconds. IF
taped properly it seems like it'd be a slick way to do this.
I use BBs too. I put two into each bottle or tinlet of paint the
first time I use it. I've also found (the hard way) that it's a good
idea to stir the paint pigment with a toothpick before shaking. This
seems to be particularly true of Humbrol enamels. When you first open
a tinlet of Humbrol that's been sitting for a long time, there is
usually a lumpy, clay-like glob of pigment stuck to the bottom that
can be dissolved fairly fast by stirring with a toothpick. Once this
blob is softened and broken up by stirring, you can shake the tinlet
and the BBs will do the rest. The result is a MUCH richer paint
color. If you've been having trouble with Humbrol paint that seems
too thin, then you need to stir it up before shaking.
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I put some large steel nuts inside a big square bottle of Dullcote once.
Shook vigorously, and it neatly pulverized the top of the bottle below
the threads at the square part and left me with a handful of glass
shards and Dullcote. NICE! Lesson learned.
I always use a paperclip bent into an L-shape and clipped to length with
The long part of the L is about 6cm long (roughly 2 1/2"), the short end
about 8 mm (1/3")
The long end goes into the chuck of my Dremel.
With the Dremel at the lowest speed (my estimate - approx. 200-300 rpm) the
paint is thoroughly stirred in less then a minute.
Before you ask: no, there is no spillage. Don't turn up the revs however...
Just my 2 eurocents.
I do about the same thing: I have a length of straight sprue that I chuck
into the Dremel. Rev it up, watch to see that it spins just slightly
off-center (too off-center makes for a magnificent mess!) and insert it into
the bottle for about 15 seconds. Mixes great!
I just use the back end of a paint brush to stir the paint first - if
you use a good artist's brush with a finished handle you can clean it up
just by wiping it off with a paper towel. Then I recap the jar and
shake the bejeezuz out of it.
That's about as simple and cheap as it gets...and it works.
Heh heh - anyone remeber the Simpsons episode where Bart April Fools
Homer, by putting a can of Duff in one of those paint shakers they have
at paint stores, and then placing it in the fridge? A classic TV
moment, when Homer says "Mmmmm - b...."
"Hmm - free beer", says Chief Wiggum from his patrol car, 1/2 mile away,
watching the explosion rip through the neighbourhood.
sorry - an irreverent irrelevancy, of course!
An ingenious idea- but is it a good one?
I remember reading (here, perhaps?) an opinion/recommendation that it is a
bad idea to shake paint-that stirring is better. The reasoning, IIRC, is
that you want ot keep paint off the lid and sides of bottle as much as
possible-- the paint up there will dry,and little chunks of dried paint then
fall off and end up mixed up in the paint, waiting to spoil your next paint
job or clog your airbrush.
Now, having said that, I'm still a repeat offender when it comes to shaking.
(Though I don't do it as much as I used to.) This is in spite of the fact
that I have noticed an improvement in the condition of my bottles-- the lids
of unshaken paint are less crusty, and less likely to stick. Still, I'm a
slow learner, adn just can't seem to completely shake (sorry!) the
The same article (or whatever it was) also said that when brush painting,
painting directly fomr the bottle was bad, too-- that the best way to do it
is to transfer the paint to a cup or pallette, and re-seal the bottle
immdeiately. This is another of those little rules that is easy to break,
when you get a little lazy. I have noticed that it does seem to be good
advice though-- a couple of colors that I find I apply primarily by brush
tend to be thicker than the paint in other bottles. I'm sure the
accumulated time of sitting there open has added up, and some of the solvent
has evporated over time....
Nearly all of my experiences related above are with acrylic paints, so YMMV.
P.S.: Now, after posting all of the above, I am still really tempted to
bring the old jigsaw downstairs to the modelling workshop..........
"Grandpa" <jsdebooATcomcast.net> wrote in message
Hey, does anyone of you ever think about shaking the paint with the hand
???? It works :-))))))
I usually use my cat for this - after few minutes of her playing on the
room floor and several wall-to-wall journeys, the paint is shaken well. And
cat is satisfied :-)))) Just check that bottle is gooood closed.
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