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- Stock #121 paint mixer for use with 3/4-ounce, 1-ounce, 3-ounce, and 4-ounce Jars
- Thoroughly mixes all types of paint
- Evenly disperses pigment in its base material to assure consistent viscosity of paint from top of the bottle to the bottom
- Requires 2 AA batteries (not included)
- Distributed by Badger Company
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Badger Air-Brush Co. #121 Paint Mixer, for use with 3/4-ounce, 1-ounce, 3-ounce and 4-ounce Jars. Thoroughly mixes all types of paint. Evenly disperses pigment in its base material to assure consistent viscosity of paint from top of the bottle to the bottom. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).
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It works very well however the one I received might be defective. The small disc at the end of the shaft comes loose. It sort of is just wedged/compressed on to the shaft. I have not seen any other reviews that have mentioned the issue I am having so perhaps I received a lemon, but the item costs 6 bucks? So I'm not inclined to return it at my cost. Maybe I'll contact the seller and see what they say.
But, despite that, it does mix enamels, which is what I use for airbrushing, really well..much better then anything you can achieve by hand. And when paint for airbrushing is not mixed really well and thinned as needed, it's almost a guarantee of lousy results. So I'm disappointed that the one I received is defective but I don't want to slam it completely as when it is in tact it does a good job.
So 3 stars is maximum I can give it. I'll let you'll know the results of my contact with supplier.happy painting!
**just wanted to update this review..The update really concerns the seller TCP Global, the seller i purchased this from...After contacting TCP complaining about the mixer being defective, I told them that I didn't want to spend the 5 bucks to ship it back for replacement...within 2 hours of my email going out..on Sunday morning no less...I received a response from their customer service team: "a new Badger paint mixer is on the way"...no problem. For me this is the type of customer care rarely experienced these days. When I'm looking for airbrush or related stuff Ill go to TCP first as my source. .. TCP has consistently had the best prices, the stuff I want and their customer service is top of the line.
5 ***** for TCP....4 **** for the mixer
I was skeptical that the mix head wouldn't actually "mix" well, but I was wrong. It works perfectly well and doesn't pull air in and is very easy to clean.
I've only had it for a couple months so I can't comment on the longevity. Seems to be built a bit better than all the other cheap mini blenders, most of which are lucky to make it a year, so if this one lasts that long I will be happy.
The item comes as 2 pieces: The handle and the mixing stick. This lets you detach the stick for cleaning or storage/travel.
Note: This requires 2x AA batteries, not included.
The price is definitely right -- I'm actually surprised they didn't ask more for it.
The mixer has a single on/off switch (no power controls, it's either on or off). The mixing stick is about 5 inches long and should fit into most paint bottles up to about 4-8 ounces.
The mixing 'blade' is about half an inch, so make sure your paint bottle can fit that. I found that most 0.5+ ounce bottles will work fine, but the smaller 0.125, 0.25 and 0.33 ounce bottles I had were too small. Some 0.5 ounce bottles may be too small, so check first.
Actual usage: This is where it has some issues. If you have a bottle of paint with no agitator balls inside, this will probably do a better job. If you have agitator/stainless steel/marble balls inside your paint, those will do a better job, make less of a mess/waste and be quicker.
First problem: Using this requires you to not only stick the mixer into the paint, but to also raise/lower the handle into the paint to evenly mix it. Problem is, any paint on the stick (from putting it lower into the bottle) will spray everywhere once raised out of the paint. I ended up putting a small paper/plastic cup through the stick to help "cup" the top of the bottle and catch any paint that spray.
Second problem: The motor on this thing is unfortunately pretty weak. Using this to mix any thicker types of paints (I'm using it on alcohol-based effects paints), you'll see the motor come to almost a stop when trying to mix it. It almost becomes as useful as a stick in mixing paint.
Third problem: Paint waste and cleanup.
Some paints are expensive. I pay about 18 bucks for 1 ounce of effects airbrush paint, so you try to make sure you get to use every bit. The second you dip this into the paint, it holds onto quite a bit of paint once removed from the bottle. You can let some drip back, but you still lose a bit.
When mixing, everytime you lift the mixer out of the bottle, paint sprays off (see complaint #1), since this is required, you're constantly picking up paint (when dipping the mixer in) and spraying it around (pulling the mixer out). When done, you've still got paint all over the mixer.
Admittedly, you're not losing a half bottle with every use, but it's still something.
Cleaning: After each use you'll need to clean it so it doesn't dry on to the mixer or mix with other paints. I found the cleanup to be relatively easy but the process itself and needing to repeatedly clean it to ensure you're not putting the blue paint you just mixed into the white paint you're about to mix.
Overall: It's a nice idea. I found the best use to be if you're mixing paints together (pour some red paint and some blue paint into a cup, use this to mix them) opposed to actually mixing paints in the bottles.
My suggestion: Look into stainless steel mixing balls. Add a few of these to your bottle of paint, give it a 10 second shake and your paint should be well mixed without the cleanup, without the loss of paint and without needing to buy a new item.