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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-09-14, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so, I'm coming back to the hobby after a few years of real life. I've actually managed to find a few models and my paints and stuff, which is awesome as I don't have to start 100% from scratch. I need some advice though on two things: (I wasn't sure where to put this, if it needs moving I can do that)

1) My acrylic paints have dried up a little. They are still usable but some of them have partially solidified. Is there anyway I can save them or should I just replace them when the usable bits have run out?

2) Since I last painted I have moved and now I only really have my room to work in instead of a whole house. I want to get a desk in there to use but I don't know if it's going to be feasible. Does anyone else work in or have tips for a painting setup in a very confined space?

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about the paints, you could try to add a littttle bit of water to see if the solid parts can become actual paint again. if that fails I'd replace them. but thats a personal opinion about that.

about confined spaces, I personaly use a setup like this

for my painting and putting stuff together.
if you are not working on the hobby you can store your supplies in the closet (or anywhere you think is convenient) and you can simply remove the wooden board and the trestles and easely store them against a wall or under the bed or something like that.
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When paintng in a confined space you need good light first of all and a plan, I tend to jump from unit to unit and idea to idea and start lots of things but end up with fuck all done. Make a plan on what you want to paint eg 5 marines and get them done before anything else, you'd be amazed what you can accomplish on a bedside locker with a decent light. Just keep your personal administration tight, only leave out what you need and what you are going to work on maybe even write down what you want to achieve, hope this helps.

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Thanks for the help. Those are both excellent suggestions and I think I need to do some moving around and figuring out exactly how much space I can use.

I am quite lucky that during the day I get a lot of natural light and have decent lamps to use at night. I know what you mean about having a plan, I'm trying to be a lot more focused with my painting this time round. I think I could make myself a little area out of the furniture I have currently and then move on to the trestle idea when I find something suitable.
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A great tip for old paints. Get a small metal ball bearing and add it and a few drops of water in the the paint pot. Close it up and shake it for a good minute or so. Should be like new.
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In years past I used a Dremmel tool with a split bamboo skewer as a mini power-mixer and water to resurrect old paints.

It could be hit or miss though. I could grind up gloppy/mostly dry paint and ie world mostly work again. There would be some residual chucks of dried paint though so it wasn't perfect. I had to keep an eye out for them, so it wasn't ideal for detail work.

Honestly, it's less work and more reliable to just but new paints.

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Yeah, I second this, if funds allow just buy new paints, it will save pain in the long run
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