Decanting Tamiya TS paints

02-26-2013, 02:37 AM
Hey all,

I've seen a bunch of tutorials on Youtube on how to decant paint from Tamiya TS spray cans, but does anyone know how long can you keep these paints in a glass bottle for?

And does the same go for the TS-13 clear gloss? I'm going to decant one but I'm wondering how long I can keep that in a glass bottle?

I got some pictures of how I did it. Here's a regular pipette cut to fit the nozzle, then wrapped with tape so it stays put.

And here's the TS-13 clear in an 18ml bottle. I'd estimate this is about 1/3rd of a spray can. You can see the TS-13 is still a little bubbly (this was 10 min after decanting) so it still needs to sit and gas out for a bit.


02-26-2013, 07:49 AM
They tend to dry up quickly. Make sure the jar lid is as tight as possible. You'll prolly have to thin it next time you use the paint.

02-27-2013, 05:32 AM
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02-27-2013, 10:18 AM
It all depends on the bottle you keep it in. As MidMazar said, be prepared to add some Tamiya lacquer thinner when you spray- but be prepared to do that no matter how long it's been since you decanted.

I have some decanted TS that was decanted at least three years ago, that looks perfectly viable- just needs some thinner.

02-28-2013, 09:38 AM
Good to know, since I have 5 more brand new TS-13 cans laying around :P

@hd221813: That's exactly how I did it!

03-08-2013, 05:30 PM
The problem is the seals on re-used paint jars. They deteriorate over time, and then they don't seal out the air, and the de-canted paint dries out. I tried cutting some out of thin cork, but once the bottle is shaken, they fall apart.

One of my local hobby shops sells empty bottles, but I hate like heck to pay $1.25 for an empty bottle!

Does anybody know where to get quantities of caps - or better yet, seals - for 1/2 oz. bottles?

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