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« on: March 11, 2008 02:39:18 PM »

I'm beginning to grow a collection of acrylic paints (standard craft such as Apple Barrel or Americana). Just wondering: has anybody had experience with them drying up or separating beyond usability in their bottles, assuming they're closed and stored in normal conditions? How long do they last?
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008 08:20:30 PM »

I've had some paints for years and they are fine. Some get crappy after a few months.

If you going to work with acrylics I highly reccomend buying a big bottle of matte medium. It really helps with flow and blending for painting and I've used it in paints that were starting to get thick and crappy. I just mixed it in real well with a tiny wisk.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008 07:05:47 AM »

Thanks! I did get the medium for blending etc, so I'll monitor the paints and add some in case some start drying up.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 08:04:43 PM »

The brands you mentioned are the cheapest of the cheap, high water content & low pigment by proportion. Delta craft paints are far better for the 20 cents more you'll pay per bottle, Golden are aptly named good stuff, too. I've had Delta paints (yes the little bottles) for as much as 5 years and they were still viable, if needing a little stirring to get them back together. (I just don't use burnt orange than much...) I've bought Apple Barrel because the store was out of Delta & tossed it 6 months later.

All craft acrylics will separate if left to sit long enough, what they separate into is the key as to if they can be reconstituted or not. If the clear layer on top of the same pure color the bottle is supposed to be is thick like the paint, it's just the acrylic medium separating from a well blended pigment. If there's a watery layer on top of a thick clear layer on top of a couple colors that are not the tube color, it's beyond hope, toss it. If the color pigments have separated it's not usually recoverable.
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