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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 8:34 p.m. PST


Spray paints.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

d88mm194023 Jan 2023 9:33 p.m. PST

My biggest agony with Rust-o-leum sprays is the nozzle. They always clog up about 1/2 way thru the can. I've tried upside down spraying, drilling out the dried-up paint, etc.
Any ideas?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 9:41 p.m. PST


Here's a tip about the spray can tip. When you finish a can of spray paint, always save the nozzle. I keep a small container full of old spray paint can nozzles. That way if I have a nozzle clog up on me when I am painting, I go to that container and replace the clogged nozzle with a used one that works. It's a quick fix that saves having to mess with cleaning a clogged nozzle or waiting to finish a project until you can go buy a new can of paint.

From the article linked in the original post.

I almost never have trouble with Rustoleum or Krylon, but I'm going to start keeping nozzles of old cans just in case.

d88mm194023 Jan 2023 11:06 p.m. PST

Tanks for the tip, but I never get to the end of a can to save it!

Prince Rupert of the Rhine23 Jan 2023 11:34 p.m. PST

You can buy spare spray can nozzles I've seen them on Amazon and eBay going for a few £ for a dozen or so. Might be worth looking into if it's a common problem.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 6:02 a.m. PST

I mainly use spray for primer. I get the paint form Walmart and if they clog and there is still enough paint on the can, I take it back for a refund.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 6:33 a.m. PST

One other technique I've recently adopted (after painting mini's since 1994…) is to base coat my mini's in their dominant color. This can be done with colored spray primer paint, but I haven't gone that far with it yet.

I paint fantasy mini's, and my first attempt, was with some Gnolls, which are predominantly a rusty tan color. I brushed on that main color, and it was inspiring!

I've been painting 54mm plastic Army Men figures for gaming, since 1998. I've been using the plastic's color, only painting the different bits and bobs, since the beginning. It never occurred to me to paint my fantasy mini's their base color, first, then paint their bits and bobs as necessary. Let me tell you, painting plastic Army Men's parts that differ from the plastic's color, makes painting them incredibly fast!!! I follow that up with a brush-on of The Dip Technique -- it doesn't get any faster, easier, or more satisfying for churning out droves of mini's. Decorate their two-inch square bases, and they look great on the tabletop, especially en masse!

The same applies to painting smaller mini's their base color, first. Spray painting the base color would be incredibly fast. It means I will need to acquire more colors of spray paint than just gray primer, but I paint armies, so it will make it a nice cost savings in the long run, as well as a major time saver… I'm a GEtGW painter (Good Enough to Game With, at arm's length), so I am all about speed, and money savings is a nice bonus perk. Cheers!

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 12:42 p.m. PST

dip tip into lacquer thinner and run a piece of wire through hole.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 3:50 p.m. PST

Save the old nozzles and use them to replace any that clog.
Take the can back for a replacement can if you don't have a spare nozzle.

Works just fine, every time.

Thanks for reading guys.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Rich Bliss25 Jan 2023 6:58 a.m. PST

On the topic of nozzle clogs, did you know Liquitex produces a can of solvent specifically designed to clear clogs?

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2023 10:29 p.m. PST

Rich Bliss, I never heard of that. May have to check it out.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 3:14 p.m. PST

@Rich Bliss: thanks for the tip.

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