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Q: I had a minor paint problem today, and I’m not sure why it happened.

I shook a can of gloss red paint well before spraying, but it seemed to deposit white and black specks into the paint as I was spraying, and also dried mostly matte. It was a sunny, dry day, so moisture wasn’t the problem.

I’m not too upset about it, because it’s easily sandable, but I would like to know what the problem might have been. Any ideas?
Adam Parkinsin
via E-mail


Ken: After building and prepping a model, a defective can of paint can spoil your day. Adam, it sounds like you did all the right things, and this probably is simply the result of – for whatever reason – a bad can of paint.

That’s no consolation when it happens to you, but on the up side, we haven’t heard of it happening often.

It might be worth it to send a letter and a few photos of the offending results to the manufacturer. At the very least, you might get a can or two of paint out of the deal, and you’ll be making them aware of the problem.

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