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BB mess
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 9:20 PM

In response to a hint I saw, a few years ago I started adding some BB's to each bottle of paint to enhance mixing when shaking and have had no problems until recently.  Several bottle have developed a conglomeration of almost solid paint and BB's in up to 1/2 of the bottle.  It has happened with Tamiya and Testor acrylics but doesn't seem to affect oil based paints.  I previously used a copper clad BB but recently purchased a new container of Daisy steel shot.  I wonder if anyone else has had this problem.  I theorize it could be due to some coating on the BB's starting polymerization of the paint. I plan on going back to the previous brand and see if it continues. 

 Jackie

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Posted by Triarius on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 11:27 PM

In a word—don't.

Copper clad BB's will eventually cause strange things to happen to both acrylic and enamel paints. Steel will usually not affect enamels, though there are exceptions. Steel will play hob with many, if not all, aqueous (acrylics, etc.) systems.

Stainless steel works, but stirring paint is always better than shaking, especially in small containers. 

Ross Martinek A little strangeness, now and then, is a good thing… Wink

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Posted by MikeV on Thursday, November 09, 2006 12:38 AM
Buy a Badger paint mixer, it is much better and more thoroughly mixes the paint than shaking or stirring.

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Shellback on Thursday, November 09, 2006 1:45 AM
Hmmm , i've heard of that BB idea and wondered how it would work . Well , scratch that idea !
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Posted by ZzZGuy on Thursday, November 09, 2006 2:40 AM

Well, i have used this method for a coulple months, and noticed a disurbing darkening around where the copper bb's sat at the bottom of white tamiya acrylic paint jars.

 

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Posted by Torio on Saturday, November 11, 2006 5:50 AM

 

As for me, I noticed the ones I had put in a masking solution ( Micro Mark Mask It Easy and pink acrylic tint ) were beginning to rust. Fortunately, there is a shop near my workplace which sells glass items and lab tools, so I bought a bag of glass beads. There were available in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 millimeters diameter. I chose 4 mm, it cost me around 12 Euros for 1 kilo (a lifespan). I have to try, maybe they are too tiny. And this doesn't impede me to use Badger paint mixer.

Thank you all for coming José

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Posted by wing_nut on Saturday, November 11, 2006 12:50 PM
I am slowly getting through the bottles I put BB's in and will never do it again.  If I am going to continue to shake I iwll get some small stainless tell nuts at Home Depot.

Marc  

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Posted by Shellback on Sunday, November 12, 2006 1:36 AM

 I think i'd just stir it , My 2 cents [2c]

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Posted by eizzle on Monday, November 13, 2006 8:16 PM
A toothpick works pretty good to! I have heard stories of the BB's cause bottles to break. I don't know if its true or not, but I guess if they hit the bottle just right?

Colin

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Posted by MikeV on Monday, November 13, 2006 9:59 PM

Ok, one more time...

BB's belong in a Red Ryder and this is what you need for paint mixing

Laugh [(-D]

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon

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