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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

So I've had pretty good results with Armypainter Strong tone dip (The wash/dip in a can), and decided to try the "soft tone" one since I needed to be able to do a wash/blend of softer colors.
I ordered a can off of Amazon and got it promptly.
I shook it thoroughly for a good 10 odd minutes to get it to mix properly and make sure it was good to go.
However, when I opened it up, it seemed to have the consistency of a thick, oily, dark pea green soup.
Using a stir stick I found a large clod of "gunk" in the bottom of the can.
I've tested it on two figures (One dipped and one brushed) and it seems that even after stirring it's coming out with a darkish "green" soup/goo consistency. I'm giving it the 24-48 hour period to see if it clears up and blends properly.

I'm wondering though if this is correct for this version of Armypainter Wash, or did I get a bad batch?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

Sounds like you have a old, bad can of the stuff. I tried it out on some horse flesh, and it was too light for my taste. I ended up using the medium tone. However, I have now discarded the entire lot. It works for certain things well. Tan, brown and off white colors seem to work best for dipping. Nothing with too much uniform detail like uniforms with lace or trim works to my satisfaction. The soft tone I had was quite fluid and a light pecan color. Hope this helps.


Personal logo Martian Root Canal Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

Sounds like a bad can indeed. I concur with ACWBill. It should be pecan in color.

45thdiv30 Jan 2017 10:28 a.m. PST

I would think the thickness would be the same as the other tone you used. I am trying the medium tone for some zombie figures. It seemed to be really thick, but it was my first can. Maybe my can is a bad one as well.

Norrins30 Jan 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

I have used all three versions and have found it goes thick and gloopy with age. It should have a more liquid consistency.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

I had same problem,but only w/ the soft tone.

wrgmr130 Jan 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

Sounds like an old can Murphy. See if you can get your money back. No exchange, as they will likely have more old stock on the shelf.

steamingdave4730 Jan 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Waste of good money. Costs around £20.00 GBP a can in UK, goes solid before you have used half of it. I bought Future Klear for £3.00 GBP or so, mix my own washes using acrylic inks. Reckon that bottle will last for years (and I gave a third of it to a friend)

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

I also prefer Future Floor wax. But your description of the pigments changing most likely indicates a bad batch.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 3:55 p.m. PST

Far less money for similar, if not the same, results can be had using Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain, or a similar brand. They sell small cans for around $10. USD Try Tudor (black), or my personal favorite, Royal Walnut (dirty brown).

Future Floor Polish has been renamed: Pledge Floor Care Finish. It is available in your grocery store's cleaning aisle. Cheers!

Marc the plastics fan06 Feb 2017 1:07 a.m. PST

I have found it a very good point product. I add a dash of white spirit every time I use it and keep the lid clean. No issues so far and will b buying it again. I use for Naps

Rogzombie Fezian26 Jul 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

I am finding Amazon dealers often sell old product. A lot of different things have short lived shelf lives. What you want is a dealer that turns over paint quickly, so you don't get old bottles or jars, cans….

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