I joined the unenviable club of spilt wash at the weekend. I’m an optimist, I’ve aways considered my paint pots half full and not half empty so I decided to turn this “tragedy” into a positive. See what I came up after the jump.
I 3D printed a holder with a larger footprint! I knocked up a quick design in Fusion360 CAD software and then printed it out on my Prusa i3MK2S printer. It only took 3 hours to print this pot holder and I’ve already been greeted with a lot of interest on Facebook already. I’ve sold to Canada, Germany and the UK already!
Initial prints in Neon Green (Sold out), Bright Orange and Black, Also available in White and Hot Pink.
I’ve set up an eBay page to sell these through if others are interested in purchasing. I think the price is reasonable considering one takes 3 hours to print (I printed 6 at once on Sunday and it took 15 hours!) You only really need one or two. It’s not something you would buy for every single paint in your collection. You would just place whatever paint you were using at the time in the holder.
The holder is a strong solid plastic construction and it gives the bottle an increased footprintmakng it harder to knock over. I’ve tested it and it just rocks or slides across the table like a hockey puck.
I know, I know… I’m hawking my wares in front of you but i’m going to share some other methods that people suggested to me for those of you who don’t want to buy my pot holder.
1. Ink dropper style bottles. You can buy these on eBay and decant all your citadel paint into these.
2. Buy Vallejo/WarPaints/Army Painter paints… they already come in ink dropper style bottles.
3. Take a scouring pad/sponge, cut a hole in the centre and stand your pot in it. If you still spill your paint at least you can soak it up quickly.
4. Open the paint pot lid, take the paint you need using a brush and put it on your mixing palette, close the paint pot lid.
So there you have it, if you’re looking for something that’s cheaper than a divorce, then one of my holders might just save your cream carpet from a Nuln Oil wash.
Have you had any horror stories of spilt paint? Have you been lucky and never spilt a drop? Tell me in the comments.
My last bottle of 'Tamiya Extra Thin Cement' got knocked over twice, once at home onto a table that didn't matter (or cutting mat I cant remember but no harm done) and once in the apartment work rented in south Korea onto a black desk missing my cutting mat. I think that pot was cursed though as it got confiscated in the end by airport security from my hold baggage despite being fine on about a dozen flights beforehand.
Glue takes this to a whole new level of danger!
Gutted, ive taken to either putting some self adhesive velcro on the bottom of my tamiya cements and sticking to my cutting mat, or by luck some rolls of masking tape fit the width of the bottle perfectly, so i sit it there just like garfy's printed holders…
Blutac, plasticine, play doh and silly putty work great as pot holders too, and as masking material too, just not as cool as 3d printed
Certainly cheaper though!
But you can just get a big brush and soak 90% of the spill back to the pot… It's really isn't as big of a deal, happened to me once or twice and I got it all back in.
On a nice clean desk maybe… not on carpet though 😉
Stay strong Garfy 🙂
1998. Emerald green was an excellent, vibrant colour on your Biel Tan eldar. A single pot also gets amazing coverage on cream carpet. The folks thought I must have gone and opened then spilled another two pots to get that much colour.
Ah what a lovely colour that was too, I remember it fondly. bad times for your folks carpet though.
must have been 1995 or so, was at a friends place and spilled goblin green on his light brown carpet.
he was more concerned about the waist of paint (and the less money, we had back then for hobbysupplies) than his carpet.
but his mother had another story….
With no goblin green, what colour did you paint your bases?
- Alastair John Jack
It's a rite of passage, you're now officially a painter!
That is real good of you. You want to sell something, which isn't a problem, but you straight up suggest alternatives. Good on you.
Hey man thanks for taking the time to write that. Means a lot.
Well this isn't my livelihood so I don't need to charge extortionate amounts or really force the sale. I made one for myself, it proved popular on Facebook with people asking for some so I set up the eBay page to make things easier. Once you take out eBay fees, paypal fees, postage, filament cost and the hours and hours it takes to print i'm not making a lot out of into be honest. Still, it's a bit of fun.
I use disposable white plastic plates as my palette, with the open paint pot placed in the center. That way if I do knock it over any spillage is confined to the plate / palette. Solves two problems in one hit: a very cheap paint palette (the last set I got was about £2 for 50) and keeps the misses from being upset that I've covered the floor / worktop / chairs / pet rabbits in Agrax Earthshade!
I actually appreciate you selling and advertising these. I thought of something like this as soon as I saw GW release the new tall pots thinking they would most definitely spill even more than they used to, and wondered if any company would make one eventually.
It's a bit pricey for me due to shipping to the USA, but I'll just think of it as getting a chance to support Tale of Painters for the first time.
This is valuable feedback. What kind of price would you be happy with? The eBay auction has a "make an offer" feature. I can be a little flexible.
Sadly it's £4.80 to send a small parcel via standard international delivery. That's just too much to offer free postage. International economy is £3.75. It's a 42 day turn around. I'll update my auction to include that as an offer now.
Mine arrived yesterday and are fantastic! A wise investment!
I recently felt the paint as I knocked over some black ink onto a red table cloth. It spilled off my portable tray. Painting that morning was interrupted by a hasty laundry session.
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Try an entire brand new bottle of nuln oil spill onto the worktable due to a phone call, from a telemarketeer. Was expecting a call from the wife then.