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Filtering paint

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Q: I recently mixed a home-brewed custom color for a project that had to be put aside for awhile when some other (non-hobby) things got in the way.

When I opened the jar, some chunks of dried paint from the lid fell into the mix. Any tricks on how to filter the dried stuff out of the paint? It's a lacquer-based color.

- Craig Mendleson
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Ken: Model paint can - and should - be strained as diligently as auto-shop paint to remove any impurities that will mess up the final application.

Go to the local paint store and get strainers made specifically for filtering paint. This five-minute procedure will save you a world of trouble cleaning a clogged airbrush or sanding a big chunk of debris off your favorite model.

Good luck with your paint job, Craig. Thanks for the question.

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