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I've heard all the arguments about having a separate water cup for metallics, in order to keep the millions of little bits of "glitter" out of the rest of your paints, but is that where it should stop? Right now, I have a separate pallette, separate brushes, and I even fear cleaning my metallics brushes on my cake of brush soap, for fear of transferring the mess to other brushes/paints.
Now, with my non-metallic W&N Series 7 brush wearing out faster than the one I have for metallics, I can't help but wonder if I'm taking all this a bit too far. How do you do it? Do you use separate brushes for metallics? What about your palettes?
im actually considering this myself, using a seperate water cup. but thats about it. anymore is to much, especially seperate pallattes. dried paint is dried paint, it won't taint others (not enough that you'd notice it).
I've become rather paranoid about metallics recently myself, too.
I use a different brush to my normal 'palette' brush to mix them etc, and very, very thoroughly clean my water cup and brushes in the sink after finishing with the metallics.
I use a palette with little dimples in to mix my paints, so my metallics normally stay in a different area from the rest of my colours.
I use my normal brushes with metallics from the palette to the model, and haven't had any problems with that yet.
All of this means that I will never really end up getting metallic flakes mixed into a non-metallic layer, as nothing annoys me more than ruining hard work with a little bit of carelessness...
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I dont worrie in the slightest about this problem. I use same brushes same water to clean etc etc. If i ahve used alot of metallics i will get clean water but really i clean the water often anyway and have never had any problems.
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I use separate water and brush soap, but that's about it. I don't worry about keeping the brushes separate, just cleaning them thoroughly.
Unfortunately, here in the dessicated west, unlike london, if I used a regular palette with wells, the paint would be dried out by the time I switched from a palette brush to my painting brush
Same brush, same palate I just change my water after using metallics if its really bad. I'm yet to have noticable "tainting" so I am hardly worried.
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
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Metallics are always the last paints I use on a model and I tend to build up a backlog of models needing metallics before I use them. As such I thoroughly wash out my water cup before and after using them, but that is as far as I go.
I use the same brushes, same water cups and the same pallettes for all colors. My models end up the way I want them every time... almost.