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So I'm finally underway painting (or rather repainting, since I didn't really like my old colour scheme) my unfinished Tau army, figuring I might as well give normal non-GW acrylic paint a try, since the GW paint I used way back when was used way back when... way back when being, oh, say about 5 years ago.
On a whim though, after I was waiting for the black acrylic paint to dry on the models, I decided to dig up the ancient box of the tiny little GW paint bottles(? Little tub thingies? Vials?), curious to see if maybe there might be a bit of dampness in some of them for possible use...
...only to find that, suprisingly, each and every single one of them are all usable, and pretty much look as new... that is, after I stirred them a little. (The space wolves grey had a curious layer of blue liquid on top, but nothing a little stirring couldn't cure.)
Isn't it great when things turn out well? 8Y
Paints will last almost indefinitely, provided that their jars are in good condition and well sealed - it's when fresh air can leak into the jars that the paints go and dry up on you.
IIRC, there's actually a guy near me who still paints some of the small details on his army with a long extinct color that was part of GW's first ever set of colours. That's probably 20+ year old paint, still good today!
Would be nice if my paints were that robust. It's never a good sign when you open a paint-pot and start tapping on the solidified paint to see if it's soft enough to attempt recovery.
And how, exactly, when I have to use pliers to screw the lid off, is it at all possible for air to get in to the pot? I still haven't worked that out...
I've never got on well with screw-top pots, for some reason. But it sounds like an awesome score on your part, Pixie!
Hyuu~ 20 year old paint? Does he vacuum seal the things? o.O
I did actually finally find a casualty... Poor enchanted blue... it didn't stand a chance. Overall though... yeah, I'm happy. ^^
I'm not really sure how some paints survive and some don't. I still have a few screw-top ones around which are fine, yet theres a couple of the newer style ones which have gone a bit, er... dead. Good to hear you still have some survivors though ;Y.