Re: Warning Labels

Tim O'Connor


What brand did you shoot? I've had some of the best experiences ever
with acrylic paints, and some of the worst -- even from the same brand.

One thing I have learned to do -- always pour out what you think you'll
need from the jar, and re-close the jar tightly. When you are done, if
there is some left over, THROW IT OUT!! Never, ever, ever, ever put it
back into the original jar unless you want to throw out the rest of what
is in the jar. You'll get blobs and bits and dried chunks as your reward
if you try to mix the old and new, and ALSO if you have the original
bottle open for more than a couple of minutes. Totally fresh paint is
usually (but not always) trouble free -- that's why the demos at train
shows make it look so easy! :-)

Tim O'Connor

I told my wife today that the next time I say I'm going to paint a model with
water-based paint, that she should take the biggest, heaviest iron skillet we
have and SMASH ME over the head with it first. It would be a much more
efficient means of causing pain and complete frustration.

Today, in just 45 minutes, I managed to ruin the roofs and ends of three FGE
cars and a GN DS box car with splotches, blobs, paint oceans, and other problems
from using water-based paint. I should've known better. And this was after
spending mucho Johnny-bucks on paint and thinners, cleaning the airbrush for 45
minutes, cleaning numerous clogs and malfunctions, and most importantly wasting
an hour away from the wife and kids. My reward for all this effort? Another
four hours of work. Next the models will get sandblasted (again), then dried,
then painted with good, old fashioned, sticky-but-perfect Scalecoat.

No kidding; that stuff should have a Warning Label on it that reads something
like this:

Warning: This stuff approved for bush-painting only. DO NOT not attempt
to airbrush. Using this paint with an airbrush will cause irritation, anxiety,
frustration, anger, and homicidal behavior. Excessive smashing of nearby items
may result.

Rant complete.

John Golden
Bloomington, IN

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