Great way to mix paint

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  1. Dr Tony

    Dr Tony Full Member

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    Had seen someone online do this with a full size rattle can to mix the contents, I figured it would work very well for model paints. Especially the new Humbrol acrylic dropper bottles.
    I recently bought my first bottle of this new formulation, being a big fan of Vallejo and Mig paints that come in this same sort of plastic dropper bottle I had high hopes for this. British made too, their stuff from China has generally been disastrous. Trouble was that when I went to use it it did seem to have separated in the bottle. Reading the instructions on the bottle said to shake for 45 seconds or so. This did not help much and the resultant paint job I wasn't really happy with. Researching online seemed to indicate that Humbrol have kept the same viscosity as their tin paint to put in these, the paint just does not shake that well. Unlike the Mig paints, the dropper nozzle does not readily come off the bottle, so no stirring. Best suggestion online was to decant it into a normal container. But I like the dropper bottle idea.
    Then this happened. I attached the blade to the reciprico saw, then attached the paint with just one wrap of insulating tape and pulled the trigger. Gave it a good couple of minutes at a bunch of speeds. Took it off and put it to use. Pleased to say that it worked well and has made this paint quite useful. It is good paint.
    I'm sure you could do this with the smaller blade of a jigsaw, I just figured it would be easier taping the bottle to the bigger blade.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Tony

    Try adding a couple of stainless steel ball bearings into the bottle, these will help with agitation.

    Paul
     
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    I’ve never had a problem after shaking it for 45 seconds apart from an aching arm. I have considered buying a nail varnish shaker, will get round to it one day.
     
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    Well that's something I haven't come across before, just had a quick browse, I need to look into those shakers closely, thanks Tony and Brian :thumbup:

    My reciprocating saw is rather on the large side for using, so either buy a small one or one of those shakers.

    Jim :)
     
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    Knowing my luck I’d saw the layout in half.
     
  6. Dr Tony

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    Paul, the problem here is that I could not readily take the dropper nozzle off, so can't get a bearing inside.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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    The nozzle can be removed fairly easily. I have had occasions where it is inside the lid when unscrewed. Would have thought removing the ball bearings could be a right messy procedure.
     

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