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Mixing paint for brushing
Posted by smhardesty on Friday, May 19, 2017 7:43 PM

I'd like to hear how some of you guys go about mixing paint to brush on small parts. Let's just say I wanted to mix a shade of orange to paint an engine block. What do you mix in, how do you get paint out of the jar, etc, etc. Then, do you only mix enough for that engine block or do you mix up a larger amount to keep. If so, what do you store it in? I've still been playing around, learning different ways to do different things and this is one thing I just haven't ironed out yet.

Steve

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:55 PM

I use testers,modelmasters,or any jar paint right out the jar or thinned. If I need a factory stock I get the appropriate color from who ever has it. If I have to mix a custom color I save a few of the little jars cleaned out of course that way I have a little if needed. I just reseal it til I need or want it or it goes bad. I have probably 100 jars that are over 9yrs old so far I've only thrown 2 away and I think it was cause they were only a quarter full.

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Friday, May 19, 2017 9:07 PM

Hey Steve..I'm SURE you will get PLENTY of recommendations & suggestions to your inquiry......I'll just start with....What type of paint do you plan to use,when you're brush painting ??? (Enamel,Acrylic or Lacquer). Getting the paint (Any of the above mentioned paint) from the jar to a little mixing cap/cup or small cupped,artist pallet,normally I use an eye dropper (1 for paint,1 for thinner).It IS important you mix the paint throughly,Before you remove from the bottle,then when you transfer,you can thin appropriately (If needed) before use.....Hope this will get you started.......Have Fun Buddy !!.....JohnZ

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:45 AM

By no means was I meaning that's the only way. I thought the question was how I do it. As a comparison. Everyone has developed from others, their own methods that work for them. There are so many different products that work differently climate to climate so many variable.

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:33 PM

 

OK. My bad. I didn’t include all the needed info and might not have asked the question the right way. I have purchased a large number of acrylic paints that I intend to use for brush painting smalls with. I do have some enamels, but I bought them prior to getting really involved here on the forum and asking questions. I intend to replace any of the enamels, as I use them up, with acrylics.

As for the actual mixing process. What I was trying to get to was exactly how you mixed two or more colors of paint. I have the process of thinning pretty much figured out. Let’s use another example.

I have the GMC SnapTite Wrecker kit I’ll be building fairly soon. let’s say I decide I want the boom to be a different color red than I happen to have on hand so I decide to mix enough paint to get the boom done, and that will be the only need for that particular mix of paint. For the color, let’s say I want to mix red, black, and brown (I have no idea if I’d ever do that, but let’s just go with it). If you use an eyedropper, do you have just one? How do you get it cleaned between each color you want to add? Or do you have several eyedroppers that you have available to use and then clean them all when you are done? What type of cap/cup are you using to mix in? Then finally, do you discard the paint that is mixed or do you try and save it like MoparLover has suggested?

 

Steve

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 6:23 PM

Steve, click the "video" section above. There's a video & text you might find informative. Bill.

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Posted by smhardesty on Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:22 AM
I had previously looked at those videos, but I went back and checked again to see if there was something I had missed. I didn't find anything that specifically addressed my questions. Is there one that I'm just somehow missing? Please point me in the right direction. Which one is it?

Steve

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Monday, May 22, 2017 12:01 PM

Sorry Steve, seems what I was looking at was on another site OOPS, I was searching for this topic and swore the answer you where looking for was here. I don't do a lot of paint mixing myself, I just mix what I need when I need it or buy a colour that's close in a rattle can.PS I'll try to find the info again, but I was havin' some barley pop at the time and well...you know. Bill.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 22, 2017 1:33 PM

I don't brush paint my engine blocks any more.  For over 10 years I use spray cans on my engines.  For my Mopars, I use actual Chrysler engine enamel Hemi Orange or Chrysler Engine Turquoise and I use my airbrush for other colors if I don't have the correct spray can available.

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Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:10 AM

Bill,

That’s quite alright. I might have a look see over on that other site. And yeah, I do know about that barley pop. Not nearly as much as years gone by, but on occasion,,,,

 

Mike,

I’m not sure what I’ll eventually end up doing with my painting. I know for now I’ll be doing quite a bit of brush painting and I was just hoping to get some input on the process of mixing 2 or more colors for a quick painting on parts.

Steve

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