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I use Vallejo Game Color paints. I like them. I like the consistency, I like the eye dropper design, I like how smooth they go on. What I don't like is that they seem to clog up and get clumpy after a while. Some colors more than others. I bought a bottle of dark green and it "solidified" after a month or two. Its annoying. I was an art major in college and after 10 years, tubes of oil, watercolors, and acrylics are still good. Does anyone else have this problem with Vallejo? I would hate to have to replace my whole set of paints, but these paints aren't lasting too long.
You don't have any particular temperature extremes where you are? A lot of paints don't like the cold, although I suspect that might not be the problem here...
I guess the only other thing is to make sure you're sealing the paint bottle when you're done with it. I haven't used Vallejo paints, but not quite getting the lid on right has caused me a bit of trouble with paints over time.
I've had a little bit of success resurrecting thickened paints by adding a bit of warm water and shaking vigorously, although it does depend on how dry the paint is as to whether this works or not...
Sorry I can only give general advice. I know a lot of people do use Vallejo paints and of not heard of this issue before, so it may just have been an unfortunate one-off or something.
I've had similar trouble with the 'game' colour range. So I stopped buying them and switched to 'model' colour range. Almost exactly the same (same colours, same dropper, same price), but I've had no trouble with clogging!
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i have 35 Vallejo bottle (17 ml), been using that brand for a few years now and none has dried up, One doesnt close all too well, but only the top has thickened a bit and it closed itself up again...
My guess would be the Sun or Temperatures
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I use a lot of Vallejo paints one thing is make sure you shake them very well if not used for a while. If they have sat there for a bit the heavier pigments tend to settle, so if you just give the bottle a quick shake then squeeze out some paint you are mainly squeezing out the liquid and over time the paint left will be pigment heavy sludge. Just pop the nozzle off add some water, give it a good stir, shake and should be good to go.
If you look at a new bottle (check out the display stands) on some colours you can see the liquid layer a good cm deep on top of the pigment, all that needs mixing even if you can't see it.
Last edited by Ash; September 5th, 2010 at 09:47.
Exactly what Ash has said, I find that Vallejo paints do then to separate quick a bit, just give them a three minute shake normally sorts out the problem for me. If it does not i take the top off and give them a good stir with an old paintbrush.
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Ok, so I'm not totally alone on this. I DO live in AZ so the heat is probably a factor. The wife says all things 40k must stay in the garage. I'll have to sneak the paint box inside and see if that helps.
I have tried the "open lid, add water, mix". It helps a little, but some of the pigment is still chunky.
All of my Reaper/Vallejo paint bottles have a steel ball bearing dropped inside. It makes the paint shaking go much faster, and breaks up any clogs before they have a chance to develop. Works wonders for me.