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Baconfat06 Dec 2019 5:06 p.m. PST

Do any of you have the problem with your Vallejo paint self pouring itself out of the drip top like a lava flow?

When I take the top off some of my Vallejo paints, the paint just starts gushing out. I usually panic, sadly wipe too much on my pallet, and frantically reattach the lid before more of my liquid gold goes to waste.

I now keep extra primed models on the table hoping the color volcanoing out can be quickly used on models before the lava flow dries.

Why does this happen and how do we avoid it?

khanscom06 Dec 2019 6:18 p.m. PST

Are you at an elevated altitude?

Wargamer Blue06 Dec 2019 7:03 p.m. PST

When it gets hot it happens all the time. The temperature here has been averaging between 35c and 42c this week and my Vallejo are spewing out like a volcano.

FusilierDan06 Dec 2019 7:28 p.m. PST

It's happened to me. If I remember I try to top the bottle on the table before opening to get ant air bubbles out. I seems like certain bottle do it.

Baconfat06 Dec 2019 7:47 p.m. PST

Khanscom, yes, Albuquerque is around 6K' elevation. I remember this happening when I lived at sea level in Seattle.

Blue, I will try to note the temperature.

Dan, I will try the tapping

Nick Bowler06 Dec 2019 7:56 p.m. PST

Happens to me even with a temp in the teens (C) and not much above sea level.

Syrinx006 Dec 2019 8:30 p.m. PST

I had that issue this morning in Chicago at about 64F. Not sure that altitude and temp have that much to do with it. I would agree with FusilerDan that certain colors seem to have the issue more often than the rest.

parrskool07 Dec 2019 2:08 a.m. PST

…. I tried these paints after lots of recommendations and they do have an extensive range BUT they are not without the problems you state. I won't be getting them again.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2019 3:16 a.m. PST

I take off the dropper tops.

Timmo uk07 Dec 2019 5:05 a.m. PST

Yes, it happens from time to time. I let them gush out then take the dropper top off and put the paint back using a stainless lab spatula.

No range of paint is without pros and cons and on balance I still really rate Vallejo above everything else I've tried.

Zagloba07 Dec 2019 12:59 p.m. PST

This happened when I first moved to 6000', but hasn't really happened since.

Sundance08 Dec 2019 6:56 a.m. PST

Yup, happens occasionally and I'm only at 2000 ft.

Jeffers19 Feb 2020 12:31 p.m. PST

Yep. Happens to me and I'm only 5'9". Still my preferred paints, though.

von Schwartz05 Mar 2020 6:45 p.m. PST

I've even had it happen, albeit on a small scale, with my el cheapo craft acrylics. Seems like they get an air bubble in there and a soon as you open the top the bubble pops out.

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