Post by Autobahnstormer on Jan 30, 2011 9:57:10 GMT
Has anybody ever used one or something like it? I remember as a kid, the dentist used a machine much like one to mix amalgam. I'm sort of tempted to make an attachment for the top of my (full size) compressor to mix paint especially as I haven't modelled for nearly a year and my paints have settled quite a bit. My compressor vibrates a fair bit and if a Humbrol tin or Testors bottle were firmly clamped to the top of the cylinder head it would get a really good old shaking.
Post by Autobahnstormer on Jan 30, 2011 16:16:17 GMT
I've discovered that some paints, unless regularly agitated tend to settle-out and you can only throw them away. I've also read that adding a ball bearing to the bottle/tin also helps mixing-up paint, much like a rattle can.
I might experiment but will probably end-up liberally coated with the contents of the paint tin.
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Phil, Pigments in paint often sink to the bottom of the tinlet and form a solid cake. It is IMHO advisable to store paint "lid-down", because for one, the paint itself will seal the minute gap between tin and lid and when you lift the lid, you will immediately see the state the paint is in.
An old (probably decades...) Humbrol tinlet into which I put a screw nut to help mixing.
In this case a Robart paint shaker will not be sufficient, stirring with a spatula is necessary.
I've been using a Robart paint shaker for quite some time. It is useful enough in mixing paints which have not sat around unused for a long time. There is a battery-operated version, which uses quite a lot of batteries, therefore I took a mains adaptor, with a 3 Volt DC output and soldered the wires to the battery contacts. 3 Volts are ample, a higer voltage will make the shaker behave more like a vibrator ;D
The supplied rubber strap with holes unfortunately becomes quite brittle after a short time, therefore I'm using simple rubber bands to fix the tin to the shaker.
Make sure, the lid is properly closed (in my case none of the lids have come loose).
The version with the mains power supply avilable in the US is useless for us, since it runs on 115 Volts.
Another method to stir paints is to take a small washer and make 4 cuts with diagonal pliers and slightly bend the resulting "wings" to form a kind of propeller.
Mounted on a power drill (at very low RPMs !!!) it will mix paint efficiently.
Stick the tinlet onto the worksurface with doublesided stickytape and put a shortened cardboard tube (e.g. from a toilet roll) over it to catch any spray and don't wear new shirts... ;D
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