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Thinning small amounts of paint

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    October, 2017
Thinning small amounts of paint
Posted by SMH on Thursday, December 21, 2017 10:58 AM

In the past I use to add a few drops in the airbrush paint cup, and guess at the thinner. For the most part that worked out.

The other day I came up with a more accurate way that I couldn't be more happy with, and I get a perfect mix each time using a $10 gram scale

Drip out how much paint you think you'll need, do a little math, add thinner. Bingo

Thought I'd share

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  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Thursday, December 21, 2017 12:52 PM

That is one method to accurately mix paint/thinner.

I prefer to mix in the AB cup, use a pipette and have never had an issue either, cost .30cents for each pipette that last 6-8 months each.

I dont like mixing in a cup, as I waste the cup and paint.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 22, 2017 2:16 AM

I use these disposable plast cups with a lid.

and pipettes for thinner like damouav.

Pour in the paint, thin then close the cap and shake to mix.  Worst part is popping open the lid without getting covered in paint ;)  With my Passche  H, a full one of these cups fills about 3/4 of the suction feed cup.




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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, December 22, 2017 8:44 AM

Those sensitive scales also come in handy for weighing out noseweight for tri-gear airplanes (when kit mfgs do indicate how much weight it takes).


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, December 22, 2017 12:39 PM

A very unusual way to measure thinner to paint ratio. Nah.... I prefer using pipettes. Not worth spending $10 for a digital scale. Besides I can acquire quite a few cheap plastic pipettes practically for free.

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, December 22, 2017 2:47 PM

Usually just eyeball my mixes in a gravity feed bottle, stir well and pour into the gravity feed cup.  Not much waste, and don't have an issue with thicker paint in the feed section of the NEO when I first pull the trigger.


But do have one of those scales for my gold mining activites.  I like to know how much $ I lost in my recovery efforts.EmbarrassedCrying

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    December, 2017
  • From: Chicago, Illinois
Posted by Phil1947 on Sunday, December 31, 2017 7:46 PM

Most definitely plastic transfer pipettes (3ml) 100 pieces for only a few bucks on Amazon. Personally, I think using a scale is overkill and unnecessary, but that’s just my opinion. ;)

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, December 31, 2017 8:08 PM

Where I could see that thing being pretty useful is mixing colors.

I kind of wing it with thinner.


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