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07-30-2005, 07:02 PM
I'm a new player to DBA, and a former Warhammer junkie. To paint my first army, I thought I'd dig out my set of games workshop paints, intended for use with Warhammer figures, and use those, since I've got a pretty good palate as it is. Like I expected, all of them have dried out, but I've heard tales of people bringing them back to life by adding water. Tried it. Failed. Any suggestions for raising my paint collection from the dead? Can it be done?
07-31-2005, 12:35 AM
Hi ! there,
I have several GW paints so I think I had your same problems! the only thing I could say is that since the paints are acrylic based, and acrylic is a kind of plastic once they are dried it is impossible to bring them back!
try to add some thinner if you want but I am not sure about the result.
07-31-2005, 03:18 PM
Unfortunately I have had no success with reviving any type of acrylic paint once it is dried out. When they are very thick water will still work, but once dry I have not found a remedy.
Since you are likely to need some new paints, might I suggest Vallejo. They have a dropper top which really minimizes paint drying. I put all my old armory paints (glass jar with metal lids) into empty Vallejo bottles and have had no problems with drying ever since.
You can also go with some of the standard hobby paints (in the USA you can get them in Hobby Lobby or Michaels) that are in similar plastic bottles.
07-31-2005, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by alrahman:
Tried it. Failed. Any suggestions for raising my paint collection from the dead? Can it be done? To quote Dr. McCoy, "It's Dead, Jim."
Buy new paints. I suggest the very inexpensive Apple Barrel range of craft paints. Good quality at about 70c a bottle (2oz bottles).
07-31-2005, 04:23 PM
I've had the same problem with a bottle of testors acrilic, i'm not sure if this will work, but it's worth a try.
1) take the paint and grind it down (the flat end of a hobby knife works good)
2) add HOT water
(This works, but you might have to grind and mix it again, if it dries or seperates)
I recomend using this for only the specalixed paints and buy new ones for the others.
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