How do you guys mix/thin paint?

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How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by NCC1966 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:38 pm

I usually do it by counting drops. I dip the tip of a toothpick into the paint can and let it drop into a thimble while I count. I sincerely don't like too much this method because it is very tedious when I am preparing big amounts of paint, but it has demonstrated to be the most precise to repeat mixes and to balance the quantity of thinner.

How do you do that? Pipette...? Beaker...?

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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by MEATLOAFr » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:31 pm

Pipette is easiest to measure - if you have one that has measuring marks on it great, otherwise mark your own on a new one or just count the drops
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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by Max Nex » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:38 am

I've used the syringes from my inkjet refill kits for this.
they come in 2 sizes (either CC or ML) and have needles with blunt tips so I don't get poked .
the sides are marked with measurements so you can be precise :) :thumbsup:

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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by DefiantClient » Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:26 am

I'm not picky on measurment of my paint, so I count in drops like you. The only problems I've had was remembering the drop ratios for certain shades I've mixed.

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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by Moongrim » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:09 pm

DefiantClient wrote:I'm not picky on measurment of my paint, so I count in drops like you. The only problems I've had was remembering the drop ratios for certain shades I've mixed.
Something to be said for taking notes.
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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by DefiantClient » Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:00 pm

You're really really not wrong, Moongrim. I even have the ability to write it down in my phone's note pad. I'll try to maintain that instead of wasting tons of paint (like I did this weekend...). :(

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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by MEATLOAFr » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:10 pm

Moongrim wrote:
DefiantClient wrote:I'm not picky on measurment of my paint, so I count in drops like you. The only problems I've had was remembering the drop ratios for certain shades I've mixed.
Something to be said for taking notes.

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Re: How do you guys mix/thin paint?

Post by Julien » Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:17 am

I'm more of a "about right" kind of guy.

For thinning paint, I do a 50/50 mix, but that's more or less 50/50... A quick look will tell me if it is thinned too much/too little... And sometimes, I want it too be thinner than usual, so I adapt the ratio to the situation...

For custom mix, I do it by eye too. I take notes so I can replicate the shade if I need to, but as long as it is "about right", i's ok. I don't bother trying to get it "exactly right"...

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