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Black Cavalier11 Feb 2018 11:22 p.m. PST

I'm looking for some drawer organizers that the vallejo style dropper bottles can lay down in at an angle, like this:


Because of the width of the drawers, the organizers need to be 6" wide or less. The product from Amazon would probably work well, but I'm hoping to find something cheaper.

My paint drawers are about 1/2" too short to allow the dropper bottles to stay standing up. & laying them down flat sometimes allows the paints to leak out & get the tip all crust.

Any help would be appreciated.


PrivateSnafu12 Feb 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

The tip getting clogged is universal; no matter how you store them. It just happens.

Kraken Skulls Consortium Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 8:41 a.m. PST

I agree. I store them upside down and right side up, the clogged tips just happen, never had any luck keeping it from happening.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 10:15 a.m. PST

Just look for the silver lining. Clogged tips help keep the paint from drying out. I just keep a box of hat pins on my painting table to clear paint that has dried in the tip. Especially after I learned the hard way not to squeeze the dropper bottle too hard!

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 6:05 p.m. PST

+1 Extrabio1947

Oberlindes Sol LIC12 Feb 2018 10:03 p.m. PST

What Extrabio1947 and FusilierDan said. Embrace the drying out.

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2018 4:17 a.m. PST

Try using a cotton tip or tissue or something else to clean the tips and holes and inside lids of the paint you used at the end of a session.

I have never done this, but, if stored up right, they should never clog, as there would be no paint there to clog! I can only assume.

ced110615 Feb 2018 4:28 a.m. PST

Also, if you find yourself painting "straight from the bottle" (ie. no mixing or fancy painting techniques), pick up a Citadel paint pot starter set. Add a shaker (eg. piece of plastic sprue) to each pot, regularly thin the paints in the pot, and add a few drops of hobby paint to the pots as you use up the pot paints. I've used up all my black Imperial Primer, so have been filling the pot with my black Stynyrlrez primer. Works great. Definitely no clogs! If the starter set is too much to pay, at least pick up the colors you use as your brush-on primer or undercoats (eg. black, brown).

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