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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 3:02 p.m. PST

Third time in 2 weeks a pot of contrast paint gets caried to the side by the brush, wasting that precious 6.3 nectar, never happens with any other paints. Can I rant about that stupid cover asking for it, difficult to open, risking easily another still. Could I even suspect a plot?
Actually this woukd push never to buy again. Others with the same result?
End of rant.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 4:02 p.m. PST

This has come up before on TMP. (I was the one doing the complaining.) If you go on eBay, you can buy a 3D printed holder which will prevent this. At least it's worked for me. I'm a little surprised GW doesn't sell such a holder, covered with skulls and at three times the price.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 4:47 p.m. PST

GW is the worst current offender I know of, but by no means the only paint producer with bad jar design. Most of my past bad experiences have been with very normal-looking jars that don't seal well enough. GW innovated that built-in tongue and the tether to the lid that ensures it's always in your way, so… yay, progress…?

For paints I love to use that come in bad jars, I spend the extra money to re-jar them. There are several solutions.

The cheapest by far today is the Vallejo-style dropper bottle. You can get them cheaply and widely in several size options. I was not a fan of Vallejo's dropper bottles in the beginning, but they have turned out to be so practical, I've started buying empties to re-jar paint and mix custom colors. They seal well, they make it easy to meter paints into mixing trays, and they're easy and cheap to buy in bulk.

For inks and washes I tend to prefer a bottle with a dropper built into the lid, so I've started collecting jars more like these.

- Ix

3rd5ODeuce Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 5:03 p.m. PST

Hands down the best thing I've ever used for Citadel.

Arteis0215 Mar 2021 10:26 p.m. PST

I just have a lid from an old spray-paint can, and put the open Contrast paint pottle in that. I've never had a spillage after doing this.

If the pottle lid keeps shutting by itself (as some do), I just jam it open with an old paintbrush lying across the across the spray-can lid.

Londonplod Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2021 3:36 a.m. PST

I have started cutting the lids off my Citadel paints and washes, l haven't spilt any since.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2021 5:20 a.m. PST

3rd50Deuce, that's an interesting solution but at over $2 USD a cap, they're more than a whole bottle of craft paint each. Of course they are reusable.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2021 5:43 a.m. PST

I have some of those caps 3rd50Deuce as the link to. Yes, 2 dollars seems high, but buying another pot of paint would be more. For me, it has been a great thing.

Mirosav16 Mar 2021 7:51 a.m. PST

I got a 3D printed holder off eBay, the same as Robert Piepenbrink. It also holds the cap open.

CeruLucifus17 Mar 2021 1:35 a.m. PST

I just have a lid from an old spray-paint can, and put the open Contrast paint pottle in that …

Zephyr120 Mar 2021 9:00 p.m. PST

Yeah, but now look at GW to redesign their bottles so they won't fit anymore… ;-)

von Schwartz ver 221 Mar 2021 4:55 p.m. PST

Do you all actually paint straight from the bottle? I haven't done that in years. Seeing as I do only 15mm horse and musket era now, I don't need large quantities my brush. I just give the bottle/jar/can a vigorous shaking, pop or screw off the top and use the paint that adheres to inside top of the lid. More than enough to get sufficient paint onto the brush tip. Don't need more than that. When I need more paint, put the lid back on, a few vigorous shakes, and repeat the process. No waste, you're unlikely to tip the bottle over and you're not gonna be getting a lot of paint residue in the ferrule, unless doing a Leo da Vinci and painting upside down.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2021 10:50 p.m. PST

von S I do the same, I thought I was just cheap.

tansteel04 Apr 2021 9:43 p.m. PST

My mate snips off the cover from his GW paint pots.
No dangling lid to catch the end of the paint brush, and no paint accumulating behind the "lip".

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