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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jul 2011 08:26 am 
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I opened a new Humbrol enamel tin last night - it was extremely thing.  Even completely stirred up with no lumps etc. it was like painting with pure thinners!  I can only think it is a faulty tin, could I leave it open a little for a few hours to lose some of the thinners in the tin and thicken it up?

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I've had Humbrol tins that needed shaken after having been stirred to thoroughly mix the paint. If it is still too thin simply leave the lid off for a while to thicken it all or better still put some into a dish and paint from it after you've left it for a minute or two.

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Good plan on the dish :)

It's the yellow/sand needed for the Club Kit MiG camo, I foresee oodles of coats unless it thickens a touch :)

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jul 2011 09:56 am 
Ayup nry...

Did you stir up ALL the solids from the bottom of the tin ?

If so, Then take it back to the shop and get a refund.


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Tin was via eBay, it would be cheaper to buy a new one than return it :)

It was well and truely stirred up :)

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Ive got to say I dont think its a stir problem, Ive found that recently bought humbrol paints do seem to be a lot thinner, matt greys that use to go on in one coat now need two.


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What did you stir it with btw?

I used to use cocktail sticks and the like but found some paints had a really thick sticky layer right at the bottom of the tin, that would snap wooden stirrers before it broke up!

I now use a two inch nail that easily gets all the thick medium off the bottom of the tin.

If i really feel i need to stir something back into the stone age i have a small piece of bent wire i put in my dremel, now i'm sure i don't need to tell you all if you try this to be careful, and make sure its totally stopped before taking it out of the tin!

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tony:351329 wrote:
Ive got to say I dont think its a stir problem, Ive found that recently bought humbrol paints do seem to be a lot thinner, matt greys that use to go on in one coat now need two.


I've had the exact same issues with the matt grey (64) as well.

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This seems to be an ongoing problem I have had quite a few tins like this and can only think it is a glitch in the manufacturing process the best solution I have found was to leave the lid off the tin till the paint thickens to your own preference as quite a few modelers now use air brush the thin paint works better but as a traditional painter I prefer it thicker to us with a brush


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On the issue with stirring I have found the best thing to use and its free are the wooden stir sticks from one of our well known fast food restaurants :)


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Scrape up any Sediment with a flat ended screwdriver ...then Take a small ballbearing and put it in the tin..Close the lid and shake vigourously (the tin not yourself :D ) Not recommended for glass paintpots.
If it´s not due to Sediment settling, add talcum powder a pinch at a time and stir it in. Takes the shine out of gloss paints though.

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Nice tip paul ta :clap:


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A forgot to add, the Advantage of the ballbearing is that it´s permanentely there, a bit like the small glass beads in spray cans.
I tried it once with a small metal nut (I didn´t have any spare ballbearings ) but it didn´t work. The 6 sided shape and the hole in the middle made it a magnet for all the Sediment and it clogged up worse than before.

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This seems to be an ongoing problem I have had quite a few tins like this and can only think it is a glitch in the manufacturing process the best solution I have found was to leave the lid off the tin till the paint thickens to your own preference as quite a few modelers now use air brush the thin paint works better but as a traditional painter I prefer it thicker to us with a brush


Think it's more down to being aimed at air brushing (to which I have no inclination) :Tonka1:

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nry wrote:
Good plan on the dish :)

It's the yellow/sand needed for the Club Kit MiG camo, I foresee oodles of coats unless it thickens a touch :)


I used this colour and also found the same thin smeary finish. Left it overnight intending to give it another coat, but found that it had actually dried to a nice perfect coating.


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I've had this issue last night with 174 Signal Red. It's from the latest release, brand new cover etc. Gave it a shake, was already liquidified. Then i stirred with a toothpick, few paint lumps hung up, solved them by mixing 30-40 seconds. After applying with a brush, i saw that it's quite thin -despite being a red color-.

Maybe there were some lumps as well, but it didnt feel like there's any more left. Interesting.

However, as i'm mainly using Airbrush, it's not a big problem for me, as i am to thin them somehow :)


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