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nmcs

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Hi guys,
Do you ever put paint back into the pot if you use a different thinner than the paint brand you are using? Or you'll only save Tamiya acrylic paint, for example, if you have thinned it with X-20A?
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Nuno
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Hi Nuno,  I try to never put thinned paint back into the pot regardless of thinner used. I mix my paint right in the color cup so I don't have large amounts left after painting. I count the drops of paint and thinner as I'm putting them in the color cup and remember (I remember nothing, write it down) how much thinner it takes to get the right ratio, if you dump thinned paint back in the pot it'll throw that mix off. You could also have a reaction that could ruin your whole pot of paint.
Hope this helps, Cheers, Dave

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Hello Nuno,

I've not been modelling long but for what its worth I do the same as rustyguns and mix all my paint in the air brush paint cup. This is a bit more imprecise but it seems to work out ok and the more you do it the easier it gets to judge ratio's.
I know some modellers do tip it back though but I think it's cheaper to throw away a couple of mls of left over paint than risk the whole jar,
Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Geoff.

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nmcs

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Thanks, Dave and Geoff. It seems to be a very good advice.
All the best,
Nuno
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I concur with everyone else, it's not a good idea to pour it back in the pot, it makes the paint get really thick and sticky, I have a few pots that are this way because I poured it back in

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Pete beat me to it, but I don't do it mainly because of the mess it makes. Also, the paint is pretty inexpensive (at least the Tamiya that I mainly use, $1.25 for a 10ml, $3 for a 23) to make it not worth the trouble.

If you are thinning with the manufacturer thinners I don't think it would hurt the paint but again, I wouldn't risk it.

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