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 Posted: Wed Apr 5th, 2017 07:06 pm
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Rob Pulham
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While mixing some acrylic paint up this evening for the underframe of the Tevan, I thought that I would show folks what I have recently started to use for paint mixing.

I tend to use acrylics where possible but the same technique does work for enamels but it's especially effective for the denser pigmented acrylics when you are letting them down with thinners - even though I can buy many of the Vallejo colours that I use premixed for spraying I still like to mix my own because it's much more cost effective.

For years I have used either a cocktail stick or bamboo skewer with the point cut of for mixing my paint in medicine cups that I bought years ago of ebay. I have also used cheap childrens glue spreaders for spreading PVA for a long time (4 for £1). A short time ago I was struggling to get some especially thick paint to mix with the thinners to let it down and I hit upon the idea of using the glue spreader. 

Its brilliant the flat edge against the flat bottom of the medicine cup allows the paint to be effectively mixed without splattering all over and if you only want to mix a small amount you can tilt the cup and still mix it in.

A quick browse of the tinternet found me images of the type that I use.






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With UK paint suppliers unable or unwilling to ship paint to Canada, I have had to resort to mixing my own colours from time to time.  I recall spending ages trying to get a reasonable representation of LSWR salmon.

Must watch out for those spreaders.

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Brossard wrote: With UK paint suppliers unable or unwilling to ship paint to Canada, I have had to resort to mixing my own colours from time to time.  I recall spending ages trying to get a reasonable representation of LSWR salmon.

Must watch out for those spreaders.

John

Hi John,

You will find the spreaders in most stationary type shops.

Regarding LSWR Salmon, can you get Vallejo Paints in Quebec? if so I did a bit of research in the last year or so on SR Salmon for a van that I was building ( I would guess that the Southern just continued with the LSWR colour in practice) and having found the RAL number I found that it translated into Vallejo's Iraqi Desert Sand. In the end as I planned to sell it once complete I did it in BR bauxite.



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We have Vallejo here Rob.  I haven't got any since it seems a bit dear.  I must give it a try.  Good tip about the Salmon colour.  I don't need it now, it was a commission for a rake of 5 Roxey coaches for a friend of mine.  I didn't charge him nearly enough. :roll:

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