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Okay, so I was reading this article: Games Workshop - Warhammer
And GW says that putting a penny in a pot prevents the paint from drying off, and helps t mix when you shake it. Well, I haven't had any problems with my paint yet, but I was wondering, do any of you LO guys do something like this?
I can't imagine why the paint would not dry out simply because a penny was in there. It will definitely help in shaking up the paint. The only thing I would think of to watch out for is the liquid in the paint could cause the penny to tarnish and the tarnish could mix into the paint slightly altering its color.
I have heard that glass agitator beads are the best - followed by stainless steel beads - as they won't rust or tarnish.
If someone knows the "chemical" or "scientific" reason why a penny would halt paint from drying out I would be very interested in hearing about it - however I suspect that the author of the article has to hard facts on it and is somehow associated penny in pot with it not drying out. Could just be coincidence.
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Copper shouldn't be reactive with anything you'd find in acrylic paint. Pennies are stainless steel up here anyway! =) It's possible that simply keeping paints well-mixed contributes to preventing them from drying out. (Or prevents the appearance the the pot is starting to dry out due to the bit in the lid getting clumpy?)
I have no idea why that would keep the paint from drying... probably just an urban myth...
I have absolutely no science, but after having some paints dry out in the pot I tried putting a penny in each pot, and have not had one dry out since. Just my personal experience.
Maybe it's magic?
What are pennies made of these days ? does it differ from country to country ?
For those of us who have stopped using pennies for years, what would be an ok sub ?
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In the US they've been Copper plated Zinc for a long time. In the UK you can probably still find true bronze pennies in circulation, but new ones are copper plated steel. All Canadian coins are just stainless steel.
I'm pretty sure the real anecdote is 'keeping your paints well mixed preserves them longer' whether it's with a coin or a ball bearing or whatever you want to drop in there.